“This is the last time we’ll hold a devotional in this building,” President Larry Richards of LDS Business College told hundreds of students packed in the campus’s main floor meeting room on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Those assembled in other rooms throughout the campus, watching the devotional by broadcast, also heard—and welcomed the message.
Students now attend Tuesday morning devotionals at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. For the first time in current history, the College’s students can now meet together in one place. “This is truly a historic day for the College,” President Richards told students at the first devotional held on Tuesday, Feb. 12. “I express my gratitude to see you here….I promise you will be blessed by Father in Heaven for establishing a new behavior and pattern.”
Commissioner of Education, Elder Paul V. Johnson, the first devotional speaker to address students in the historic setting, urged students to make regular attendance part of their college experience. “Thank you for making the walk in chilly weather. Make this a habit. You’ll receive something as you listen to the Spirit. There may even be a special devotional that is life-changing for you,” he said.
LDSBC students are no strangers to the Assembly Hall. The college’s annual Commencement exercises were held there for the past century, until last year when growing numbers necessitated that event’s move to the Tabernacle.
The 126-year-old college moved to its eighth campus on the corner of North Temple and 300 West in downtown Salt Lake City in 2006 with a student population of 1200. Even then, there was no venue that would accommodate the entire student body. As their numbers grew, exceeding 2,000 this semester, the need for a place to assemble also grew, as did their desire.
President Richards and other college administrators look forward to the possibilities the new venue will offer. “We’re confident our students’ devotional experiences will be enriched as they assemble in one place. And we’re grateful to Church leaders who’ve made this possible,” he said.