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

Institute of Religion

Salt Lake City UT Westminster

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Angela Allred

Biography :
Sister Allred was the big sister in her family growing up, and feels a similar connection with her students. As a single woman, she feels a special affinity for the singles of the church. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from BYU-Hawaii and has also taught religion classes there, as well as at the University of Utah Institute. Her goals as a religious instructor are to help her students build a bridge between the scriptures and their personal lives, and to help them to connect more fully with the Savior. In her free time, she loves to serve and do volunteer work, go hiking, hang out with her nieces and nephews, ride her bike on the Jordan River Parkway, and have long conversations with people she loves.

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 10 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

Office Hours : 801-232-3546

Biography :
Born and reared in Indiana, Brother Gaunt is a graduate of Purdue University 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. He served as a full-time Church Service Missionary in the Curriculum and Priesthood Departments at Church Headquarters from 2004 to 2016. 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.

David Gaunt

Biography :
Born and reared in Indiana, Brother Gaunt is a graduate of Purdue University 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 taught at the Sandy (Salt Lake Community College), Salt Lake University (University of Utah), and Westminster Institutes since 1990. From 2004 to 2016, he served as a full-time Church Service Missionary in the Curriculum and Priesthood and Family 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, including 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 became an accredited genealogist, photographer, and writer. She created a LDS board game, three LDS card games, and authored or co-authored six books before joining the Ensign magazine in 1989, where she is the Assistant Managing Editor. She also served as a volunteer Institute teacher with her husband David at the Ball State University Institute, the Sandy Utah Institute, and Salt Lake University Institute (University of Utah).

Warren Miller

Biography :
Warren Miller was born in the Salt Lake Valley, graduated from Olympus High School, and served a mission in Pennsylvania, where he served as a Jewish missionary for five months. He has attended the University of Utah, Utah Technical College (AAS degree in Electronics), BYU, Utah State University (BS in Industrial Technology and Education, MS in Instructional Technology). He has taught in Montpelier Idaho, and coordinated in Rapid City South Dakota, where he served under two mission presidents as a counselor in the mission presidency. Returning to Salt Lake he has been the director of Westminster Institute, Coordinator of Volunteer teachers, and an Institute Instructor. His family consists of his wife Karen, 4 children, 6 grandchildren.

Rob Patterson

Biography :
Brother Patterson is a native of Salt Lake. He loves all things outdoors and particularly loves mountain biking, water skiing, and snow skiing with his wife (Liz) and family (5 children and many grandchildren). His career in international finance has given him an opportunity to work in many countries. He now utilizes these experiences as an Associate Professor of Finance at Westminster College. The two favorite days of his week are the days he starts off teaching institute. Both he and his wife love to work, serve, and visit with young adults, and feel blessed to be institute teachers. He is currently serving in the Stake Presidency of the Park City, Utah Stake.

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.

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