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Jessa Duggar Takes Overnight Trip With Boyfriend

    July 8, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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The Duggar family is strict when it comes to dating, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that Jessa Duggar will walk down the aisle without having ever been kissed.

At 21 years old, Jessa has been dating her 18-year-old boyfriend Ben for several months.

While most couples their age would enjoying dancing and maybe even making out, Jessa and Ben don’t even hold hands.

Jessa recently opened up about dating and her family’s strict rules and said that not only do her and Ben refrain from kissing or holding hands but they don’t even date or talk on the phone without a chaperone.

This ensures that Jessa does not break any rules and remains a virgin until her wedding night.

Jessa isn’t complaining though and is happy to follow the rules. She is proud of the fact that she will walk down the aisle a virgin and get her first kiss on her wedding night.

“They want to wait on the physical stuff until later,” mom Michelle Duggar has said. “They won’t even kiss until they are wed”

The Duggar parents really like Ben and are glad that he and Jessa are dating with the intent to be married.

“He’s the first one she has shown interest in that has a spiritual focus and legitimate calling about ministry work,” Jessa’s dad Jim Bob explained earlier this year. “When a guy is pursuing your daughter, you want to check him out and see if there are any red flags and with Ben, there hasn’t been. He is very sharp. It appears like a match made in heaven.”

While the no contact rule is usually enforced by a chaperone, nobody from the Duggar family was around to keep a watchful eye on the couple when they set out on their recent 12-day overnight trip to Central America. The adventure was a mission trip and Michelle Duggar informed everyone via blog post that there were plenty of other adults on the trip who were acting as chaperones to Jessa, Ben and the other young adults traveling with them.

Many people are expecting Jessa to come back officially engaged and ready to start planning a wedding.

What do you think of Jessa and Ben?

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  • Marya Taylor

    Just think that it is taking it a bit too far with courtship rules prohibiting any physical contact. Jessa is 21 years old, 3 years older than her mother Michele when she married Jim Bob.
    Seems ridiculous that embracing and kissing are inappropriate behaviors for young adults planning on a future together as husband and wife. I feel sorry for any young man or women who finds out on their wedding night that they married a dud, someone who is not sexually compatible.

  • darlenefloyd1234@gmail.com

    Jessa and Ben like Jill and Derick are wonderful role models for our young boys and girls,we need this for them to see so they know it is possible , the Duggar family have been making a huge impact on all of our lives for years I am 58 and my 5 and 8 year old grandchildren watch the Duggars almost every night on you tube on the computer,the duggar family is a World Treasure,