This is a wonderful tradition at Southern Virginia. Just to be clear, though,
the university schedules the temple service day into its academic calendar as a
day without classes. No previously scheduled classes were canceled for this
important event. The temple service day does not compromise student learning in
any way but only enhances it.
Most university / college students can learn as much outside the classroom as in
if they put their minds to it. Once they have taken the time to get to DC,
there should be field trips to the Smithsonian as well as to the temple.
I truly miss the chance I had as a student at Southern Virginia to serve at, and
in the temple with fellow students, professors and ecclesiastical leaders at
Temple Service Day. It provided a welcome break in what was always a busy
semester. To address your comment, Leonard Wood, students at Southern Virginia
University do take opportunities to visit museums and historical landmarks as
well. These trips happen both as school sanctioned trips as well as students
going up on their own time. We are very lucky to live so close to not only
Washington, DC but historical landmarks like Monticello and the students do take
advantage of the location to seek learning outside the classroom.
This school is practically BYU-Virginia, all except in name. Also
I’m glad the guy was able to go to the temple so soon after being
baptized. I hope he was ready for it. And I hope he presses forward towards
receiving his own endowments and being sealed there eventually.