Dear 100 Hour Board,
A boy that I've only been on one date with just found out I've started my mission papers, but I'm really interested in him and I think that kind of made him stop pursuing me. But I really want to date him. What should I do? Should I tell him that I want to date him even though I'm going on a mission? Keep in mind that we've only been on one date, so I don't know what would be normal to say to him.
-Future Sister Missionary
Dear Future Soeur,
Wow, this is like exactly the same situation that Madam Insomniac's sister (Seven) is in. I'll give you the same advice I gave her.
Step One: COMMUNICATE.
Really, that's all there is to it. Have a real life conversation with him. Tell him that yes, you're going on a mission, but that doesn't mean you're off-limits. Say that you'd like to go on dates with him and see where it goes. Even though you've just been on one date, it's still okay to let him know that you're interested. Better to risk an awkward conversation than to lose out completely with him by not trying. Seriously. Talk to him. Tell him how you feel. He probably won't be as scared off as you think.
Some might say it's too early to DTR, but I think it might be worth mentioning to him that your mission plans are tentative and you're willing to explore where the relationship could go. He still might be unwilling to give it a shot, since it's hard to get involved with someone that might be leaving you despite all of your best efforts, but it's worth letting him know that you might not end up walking away.