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

Institute of Religion

Salt Lake City UT Westminster

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David Clinton 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 P 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).

Aimee D'Ann Green

Biography :
Sister Green is a Westminster College alumnus. Since her graduation from the class of 2014 she began her next phase of adulthood as an accountant in Holladay. She is originally from Las Vegas, NV. She loves theatre and has worked in theatre arts all during college in costume design and other technical elements. She worked hard in college to gain the knowledge she needs to be successful and Institute was part of that. She was able to spend two years as LDSSA service chair and a year working as LDSSA interfaith chair. Through college she gained knowledge of numbers and logic. Through institute she gained knowledge of truth and light. She is excited to be able to teach some of that knowledge to her peers.

Rex D 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.

David G Seastrand

Office Phone : 801-468-5900

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