Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Caught Canoodling on Camera

Josiah Duggar, Lauren Swanson

Now that they're engaged, things are getting hot and heavy between Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson! Well, by Duggar standards, at least. The family posted a new video to YouTube congratulating the couple on their engagement, and Lauren is basically all over her intended, right in front of Jim Bob and Michelle.

  • Duggar courtship rules dictate that couples can't even hold hands until there's a ring and a date.

    It looks like Lauren is taking full advantage of the privilege here, holding onto Josiah's arm with both hands. She even takes the opportunity to stroke his forearm with her thumb! Heaven knows if they'll even make it to the altar before they share their first kiss.

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  • Earlier this week, Josiah and Lauren made it official by announcing their engagement.

    After a few months of dating, Josiah, 21, popped the question to Lauren, 18, and she said "yes," presumably with her father's blessing, since that how things roll with this clan. Plus she's been a longtime family friend, so we're just assuming that Jim Bob and Mr. Swanson are tight.

    The family shared a link to their blog, where they wrote, "We are so excited to announce that Josiah and Lauren are officially engaged!! We have prayed for many years that the Lord would bring the right spouses to each of our children. We have known Lauren and her family for a very long time and have seen how she has grown in her knowledge and understanding of the Lord. She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate young lady, full of zeal for Christ. We are very thankful for her.  We pray that their lives together will be full of joy and happiness and that God will use their lives for His service. We are looking forward to another Duggar wedding soon!"

  • The couple has previously been spotted getting comfy-cozy in public, while on a speaking tour in Australia and New Zealand.

    Lauren joined the Duggar family last month as they toured Down Under, and was even introduced by Michelle on stage. As in the video above, Michelle called Lauren a "sweet" and "precious" girl, so it's obvious that she's 100 percent on board with the upcoming nuptials. 

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  • Josiah also Instagrammed a screenshot of him FaceTiming with Lauren last week.

    So basically he's breaking all the courtship rules with this one. Duggar kids are not permitted to have private conversations with their intended spouses, let alone any actual privacy while in physical contact. Yup, even as adults, all "dates" must be chaperoned, and Jim Bob and Michelle are even famously copied on all texts between the couples. 

  • Honestly, we love that Josiah and Lauren are relaxing a little bit on the super strict rules.

    Given that Duggar engagements never last more than three or four months, these two will be hitched before we even have time to watch an episode of Counting On. We're glad they're getting to know each other a bit before tying the knot.