Students, along with some faculty and staff members, spent the day performing temple ordinances, planting tulip bulbs and helping to prepare the Mormon temple grounds for the 33rd Annual Festival of Lights. They hung thousands of Christmas lights and helped assemble a stage and set pieces for a live Christmas créche, which opens Dec. 3.
"Service is central to the mission of the university, so we have scheduled this annual trip into our academic calendar — we have no classes on Temple Service Day," said Southern Virginia President Rodney K. Smith. "We believe service enhances learning. Clearly, this is true of temple service. The temple, after all, is a place where service and learning are in perfect harmony."