Seminaries and Institutes- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Institute of Religion

Salt Lake City UT Westminster

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Wendy Anderson

Biography :
Born and raised in Murray, Utah. Wendy is the 4th of 6 children. She married her sweetheart, Brent in the Salt Lake Temple in 1980. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. She loves to cook, scrapbook and garden. Loves to run and has raced in 5ks, 10ks and the St. George Marathon. She loves working with the Young Women and has served as camp director and Young Women's President. She loves the mountains and the outdoors. She is thrilled to work at the Institute.

David Gaunt

Biography :
Born and reared in Indiana, Brother Gaunt is a graduate of Purdue Univer-sity with degrees in physics and mathematics. He joined the Church in 1966 while serving as a commissioned officer in the US Army at Fort Ord, California. He is a retired aerospace program manager. He taught Institute as a volunteer at Ball State University from 1969 to 1979, and has taught at the Sandy (Salt Lake Community College), Salt Lake University (University of Utah), and Westminster Institutes since 1992. Since 2004, he has been serving as a full-time Church Service Missionary in the Curriculum and Priesthood Departments at Church Headquarters. An avid photographer, his images have been published in the Ensign and the New Era magazines. He lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife, LaRene.

LaRene Gaunt

Biography :
Born and reared in San Diego, California, Sister Gaunt is a graduate of Brigham Young University with degrees in art and English. Curious and creative, she explored a variety of careers after graduating from college, in-cluding becoming an interior decorator in Palo Alto, California, and later an art teacher in California and Indiana. She also loved to learn and during the years she was a stay-at-home mom with three children, she also became an accredited genealogist, photographer, and writer. Eventually she created a LDS board game, three LDS card games, and authored or co-authored six books before being hired at the Ensign magazine in 1990, where she currently is the Assistant Managing Editor. She also serves as a volunteer Institute teacher at the Salt Lake University Institute (University of Utah).

Rex Pond

Biography :
Brother Pond is the oldest of 11 children (5 of whom are adopted). After serving a Mission in Virginia, he did undergraduate studies at BYU and took a Graduate Degree at the U of U in Philosophical Theology. The greatest day of his life occurred in 1983 when he married Julie Dunford. They have 3 sons and 1 grandson (more to come)! In 1986 he began teaching Seminary. In 1999 the Ponds moved to Los Angeles to direct Institute there. After all 3 boys grew up and moved back to SLC, Sister Pond announced the time to come home had arrived and Brother Pond has been the Director at Westminister's Institute since 2013. He loves 1) to talk about what he's been reading 2) read what's worth talking about and 3) golf.

Christina Roach

Biography :
- I'm a lawyer who has never set foot in a courtroom - I play most sports, not well, but with lots of enthusiasm - Strawberries are my favorite food -Served a mission to Jackson, Mississippi -majored in English at BYU, JD degree from University of Virginia School of Law -grew up on a farm and love to ride horses -I speak Spanish and French -I run a blog on fashion and career advice for women -I like hiking, dancing, music, & reading good books

David Williams

Biography :
My wife, Susan, and I have five children and eight grandchildren. We love them all equally, but our grandchildren we love more equally. I have a civil engineering degree from the University of Utah, and an MBA from BYU. Through the years we’ve lived in California, New Jersey, and Oregon, and have now returned to our Utah roots (because our grandchildren are mostly here). For pleasure I read and do graphic design. For joy I have my family and the gospel.

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