"The spirit of them supporting each other is there," Hanson said. "Half of our student body is already returned missionaries, so we're just talking about a little crowd in the freshman class."
Although the percentage of student body impacted is small, the excitement has spread across campus.
"We're all talking about, 'When are you going?' 'Where are you going?’ ” Hanson said. "We've been doing this announcement thing all along, and that's not a different thing. But we feel another energy in it because of the difference in them being able to go when they didn't think they could yet."
Students Called on LDS Missions
This school year more than 40 students at Southern Virginia University applied and received mission calls for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We interviewed a few of them.
Video by John Worthington and Communications & Marketing at Southern Virginia University.
Sarah Sanders Petersen is an intern for the Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and does other feature articles. She is a communications major and editing minor from Brigham Young University.
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