Be of good cheer, SVU speakers urge

The 14th annual education conference at Southern Virginia University kicked off June 4 with a keynote address by Sister 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.

Hundreds of Latter-day Saints assembled on the university's campus for the two-day conference, some having come from as far as Florida and California. The conference's theme, "Be of Good Cheer: The Future is as Bright as Your Faith," was taken from an address by President Monson during the April 2009 general conference.

Other speakers on the conference's first day included Robert L. Millet, the Richard L. Evans professor of religious understanding at Brigham Young University; Andrew Skinner, executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship; and Richard and Kathleen Hinckley Walker, former president and matron of the Salt Lake Temple.

Sister Dibb expounded on the theme in her keynote address, testifying of the joy Latter-day Saints can experience as they live lives of faith centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. She drew upon her father's stories and teachings to show that church members can learn to be of good cheer by following the example of the prophet.

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