When heavily recruited football player Gaius Vaenuku was deciding between Utah and TCU he decided the University of Utah would be a better fit for him because of a very unlikely something. That something was the University of Utah’s Institute of Religion.
Vaenuku said, “I love the [LDS] building there. That thing is huge and is going to really help me prepare well for my mission.” Although Vaenuku loves football and knows it is important, he acknowledges that it is not the most important thing in his life right now. “Playing football isn’t the most important thing for me right now- serving a mission is and Utah has a great environment to help me prepare for that.”
The institute program located just south of the university’s campus is one of the largest institutes of religion in the world, offering an array of different classes at different times. Although the institute is next to the University of Utah, students attend from all over the Salt Lake Valley.
Just as institute blessed Gaius Vaenuku’s life in a way he may not have expected, it does the same for young adults all over the world no matter where they are.
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**Seminaries and Institutes of Religion wish to express our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Gaius ‘Keio’ Vaenuku and other members of his family. We sincerely appreciate knowing that there are young people like Keio who see the Seminary and Institute programs as important factors in making some of life’s most important decision. We pray that the Lord will be with the Vaenuku family at this difficult time.
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