Southern Virginia Institute of Religion


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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.


"Institute is not just a class, it’s an opportunity to learn more about the gospel and to be in tune with the spirit. I love the Institute so much. I go to at least three a day because I want to learn more. Plus, the professors are so fun! I encourage each and everyone that reads this to try Institute. It's such an awesome experience you don’t want to miss out on!"-Mynesha Burrell


"When we read or hear the scriptures, we are hearing the voice of God, and that is a special, sacred thing. That is a journey worth taking. Let an institute class help provide it." - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Institute Everywhere: Stand in Holy Places

"Institute Everywhere: Stand in Holy Places" is a non-traditional institute experience, with five sessions held every other Saturday beginning in January. Classes will be off-campus--on the river, on the mountain, at a service project, and at a temple. The "classes" will include gospel discussions based on scriptural and prophetic teachings related to the location and activity. SVU does not offer credit for this course.

Dates: September 10, 24, October 22, November 5, 19 (five sessions)

Sign up for Institute Everywhere: Stand in Holy Places