I visited Southern Virginia University when Curtis Fawson, a personal friend,
was president. Though not operated directly by the LDS Church, it is in many
ways "BYU Virginia". Even the drive around the hill below the university
is reminiscent of the drive around the base of Maeser Hill in Provo! It also has
the advantages of a smaller BYU of 50+ years ago.I absolutely love what
Sothern Virginia is doing, and recommend it highly for anyone--especially LDS
youth in the Eastern United States--looking for a BYU alternative.
As a mom of two sons, one an RM, the other, an ERM, I agree with many of the
comments already posted. As many ERM mom's can tell you, watching a son
come home early for whatever reason is a heart wrenching experience.
Thankfully, we live in a supportive and loving ward who welcomed him home with
loving arms and supported him as he got his life back together. He has gone
through a true refiners fire, and his testimony of the Atonement is profound. I
know the right girl for him to marry will see this and feel confident in their
future. I only hope that the parents of that girl will also see, as stated in a
previous comment, that "the qualifier for a man isn't whether they
served a full mission, it's whether they honor their Priesthood." I
know that my ERM is worthy in every way to qualify for all the saving
ordinances, and to love and cherish his wife and children forever. What more
could a mother, or mother-in-law, ask for? To the young woman in this article I
say, trust your heart and stand by your man.