Southern Virginia Institute of Religion

The Covenant Path is back!

May 15-19

The Covenant Path is a forty-mile, five-day, four-night backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail, during which we will focus on following the Savior and our prophet's invitation to walk the covenant path. Each day will have a scriptural theme based on Jesus Christ's teachings and example and there will be readings to complete before departure and during the week. Each evening will include fireside discussions, personal reflection, and journaling about what we experienced that day and how we can use those experiences to draw closer to the Savior.

Each day we will hike an average of eight miles, with about two thousand feet of elevation gain. Each participant will pack all their supplies and we will sleep in tents. You should be in good physical condition and capable of hiking 6-8 hours each day.

The trip will not cost anything but you will be expected to provide food and other incidentals for yourself (rain poncho, mug, eating utensil, bug repellant, flashlight, etc.). More expensive items such as backpacks, sleeping bags, etc., if you don't have access to them, will be provided to you. You will receive a complete packing list if you are accepted into the course.

Brother Williams will be leading this experience. If you have questions before signing up, come visit him or email him at

Student comments on The Covenant Path

"Those are the five days that changed me and my perceptions about life and my relationship with Jesus Christ."

"I was able to learn and grow for this experience in a different way than I ever thought would be possible!"

"Institute classes inside a building are good, but being able to be fully immersed in the class outside of a classroom for 5 days was even better."

"I absolutely LOVED this course. It strengthened my testimony and helped me get to know my Savior more without having any distractions and in nature."

"It started my summer off on the best foot possible."

"I had high expectations to begin with, but they were still exceeded nonetheless."


Last year the course filled in 28 seconds, so plan ahead.

Did you know?

  • Already have a full college class load?

    • Come to institute without taking it for SVU credit!

  • Aren't an SVU student?

    • You don't have to be a college student to come to institute--all young adults ages 18-30 are welcome!

  • Don't have time or aren't sure you can commit to a class?

    • You don't even have to enroll--you can just attend a class whenever you feel like a spiritual and social lift!

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Our purpose is to help youth and young adults understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven.

New course!

Dating and Courtship

Wednesdays, 6pm. Come discuss dating, relationships, and how to prepare for your own eternal companionship. We'll have food each week, study scriptural and prophetic principles, and share dating ideas and experiences. All are invited--single or in a relationship!

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"What, then, will help you become such a devout disciple of Jesus Christ? One answer is seminary and institute—not just attending but actively participating in class and faithfully following through with any assignments given. . . .

" . . . Institute will help you remodel your home to become a sanctuary of faith—a place where the gospel of Jesus Christ is taught, learned, lived, and loved. Wherever you live, that dwelling can become a place where true disciples of Jesus Christ reside. There you can seek refuge from the storms of life and increase your love of the Lord and for each other."

- President Russell M. Nelson


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