At the beginning of devotional two weeks ago, President Gilbert mentioned the importance of going on dates.

He challenged students to attend Date Night with the Gilbert’s Oct. 15 at 8 p.m in the MC Ballroom.     

There is no shortage of available, good-looking men and women on campus, so here are the best tips on how to take the plunge and ask “Will you go out with me?”

Jack Kevesdy, a sophomore studying business management, believes asking someone on a date in person is the best way to go.

“It’s also important to plan the date and give her a heads up so she knows how to prepare,” Kevesdy said. “You don’t want her feeling uncomfortable if she’s wearing something nice and you planned to go hiking.”

When asking someone on a date, some approaches may work better than others for different personalities.

The confident and bold may find it best to ask on impluse.

Cory Schowenrock, a freshman studying business management, likes to apply the mission principles of finding, when dating.

“If I see a girl I’d like to take out on a date, I usually go up to her right there and then,” Schowenrock said. “I ask her if she’s free Saturday at 7, then get her number. You have to remember to set a specific day and time on the spot and be sure to follow up.”

More reserved personalities might find note passing to be a good option.

It is a timeless and silent method of communicating words. Note passing is not just for high school students.

Graham Lowry, a junior studying business management, said he used to pass notes to a girl in one of his classes here at BYU-Idaho.

“Our first date was eating pizza in the Manwaring Center, and now we’ve been married three years,” Lowry said. This is proof that the handwritten words still works.

A great tip is to bring your date flowers. Few things compare to the romance of a bouquet of flowers.

Olivia Nelson, a freshman studying English education, has had positive personal experience with this form        of invitation.

“One time I had just gotten off the bus and arrived home to find my friend standing in my driveway with a bouquet of flowers, asking me to go on a date with him,” Nelson said. “I just had to  say yes.”

You can use cheesy pick-up lines. They’re called cheesy, but we all know everyone secretly likes them.

Angel Harrison, a sophomore studying physical therapy assistance prefers this method.

“If you can give me a good pick-up line, I’m sold,” Harrison said. “Especially if it makes me laugh.”

For those who need a little brushing up on their lines, here are a few:

— “Are you the Book of Mormon? Because you’re a little hard to read, but you make me feel incredible.”

— “Can I take you to Soda Vine? Because you are so-devine.”

— “R4 is red, R2 is blue, if I was the force then I’d be with you.”

Classic and fail-proof, any of the approaches are bound to work.

Remember that texting and Facebook are no match for the right moves. Social media has been voted the least popular method of being asked on a date, it’s natural that most prefer some kind of personal interaction outside of social media.

Long story short, the best way to ask someone on a date is to ask, whether it’s through one of the ways listed above or one of your own.

Take this counsel from Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of the Twelve of Apostles:

“Simple and more frequent dates allow both men and women to ‘shop around’ in a way that allows extensive evaluation of the prospects,” Elder Oaks said. “None of that happens in hanging out.”

Dating brings so many blessings, and chances are that if you ask someone to go on one with you, they will most likely say yes.

So go forth and take Elder Oaks’ advice, along with President Gilbert’s.

Invite someone to attend Date night with the Gilbert’s with you!