Speaking to Latter-day Saints on the second day of the fifteenth annual education conference at Southern Virginia University, Associate Professor of Church History & Doctrine at Brigham Young University Michael Goodman testified, “God wants to play a vastly more active role in our marriages than most of us allow him to play.”
The 15th annual education conference at Southern Virginia University began Friday with the theme: Family . . . Forever. Hundreds of Latter-day Saints gathered from around the country to receive practical lessons and doctrinal instruction on how to strengthen their families and improve their most important relationships.
More than 900 people gathered in front of historic Main Hall on a perfect Saturday morning to celebrate the graduation ceremony of 128 Southern Virginia University students—the largest graduating class since the university was revitalized and adopted an LDS spiritual environment 15 years ago.
Elder Nolan D. Archibald, a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and executive chairman of the board of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., was the commencement speaker at Southern Virginia University’s graduation ceremony Saturday.
When Southern Virginia University reopened its doors in 1996 with an LDS oriented mission, just 74 pioneering students enrolled. Last week Southern Virginia welcomed nearly 750 new and returning students to commence its fifteenth consecutive academic year serving the Latter-day Saint community.
Southern Virginia University today announced that when its recently remodeled student center is dedicated Oct. 9, 2010, during homecoming weekend, it will be named the Kimball Student Center, in honor of J. Golden Kimball, a beloved general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The 14th annual education conference at Southern Virginia University kicked off Friday with a keynote address by Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and daughter of President Thomas S. Monson.
Author and popular youth speaker Scott Anderson called education conference attendees’ attention to the significance of this year’s theme, “Be of Good Cheer, the Future is as Bright as Your Faith,” reminding them that it is "an important responsibility of our dispensation.”