“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.
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.