Being mildly depressed about blogging at the moment, I decided to go trolling for a “good news” story to post. Here it is, a story about SVU from the SL Trib: “A bastion of Mormonism in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.”
SVU has great leadership and has, in a dozen years, created a successful but unaffiliated small LDS college in Virginia. Congratulations to the leaders, faculty, and students. I’m excited that such a venture — whose impetus and support came from individual Latter-day Saints, not from CES — has done so well. I would not be so bold as to speculate that Elder Ballard’s call for individual Latter-day Saints to actively participate in online forums and sites is linked to the success of independent ventures like SVU. But I think this and similar ventures show that the continued success of the Church will flow from its membership, not its bureaucracy.