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General Authority Seventy Elder Mervyn B. Arnold to Deliver Devotional on Mar. 10

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Southern Virginia University will be privileged to have Elder Mervyn B. Arnold, General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, address gathered students, faculty and staff at a special devotional on Friday, Mar. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center.

Elder Arnold was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2003. Prior to serving in the Seventy, he served as Area President of the South America South Area in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has also served as assistant executive director in the Temple Department, a member of the Boundary and Leadership Change Committee, the President of the Brazil South Area, and a counselor in the Brazil North and Brazil South Areas and is currently serving at Church headquarters.

Before his call as a General Authority, Elder Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University. He founded and co-owned a building and development company. Later he expanded and was a cofounder of Guardian State Bank. After he retired, he became director of training and field services in the Missionary Department of the Church, where he was working when called as a General Authority.

Elder Arnold has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Northern Mexico Mission, president of the Costa Rica San José Mission, counselor in a stake presidency, stake high councilor, bishop, and elders quorum president.

Mervyn Bennion Arnold was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is married to Devonna Kress Arnold and they are the parents of six children.

Southern Virginia faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members are invited to attend campus forums and devotionals each Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center. Recordings of past forum and devotional speeches may be accessed on

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To the Rescue: We Can Do It
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What Have You Done with My Name?
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Strengthen Thy Brethren
April 2004 General Conference