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 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 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. 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).

Jennifer Harrison

Biography :
I’m a mom with three children and a grandma to three grandchildren. I graduated from BYU with a Masters in Accounting and worked in accounting and consulting for 12 years. Westminster hired me as full time teacher in 2007. For ten years our family owned and operated a commercial greenhouse, orchard, and pumpkin patch. I pretty much like anything outdoors: I run marathons and half marathons, play tennis, ski, hike, bike. I’m a Master Gardner and I love to read and learn languages. My main food group is chocolate!

Rob Patterson

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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