Most Latter-day Saint institutes of religion take place near college or university campuses. But classes in the Utah Valley institute program are different because they take place in stake centers and seminary buildings throughout Utah Valley.

The program was established in 1995 to meet the needs of students at Brigham Young University or then-Utah Valley Community College or anyone age 18 to 31 who wanted to take an institute class, said Jack Nielsen, one of the three directors of the program.

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