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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Careers and Work: A Path to Happiness and Joy

Taught by Rob Ahrendsen


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 9 a.m. Ricks 173
Rob Ahrendsen

Rob Ahrendsen


Rob Ahrendsen received an Associate of Science from Ricks College. He also gained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah State University and a Master of Counseling, School and Mental Health from Idaho State University. He has been a guidance counselor in public education (K-12), with career and post-secondary counseling emphasis.

He is currently serving as a Career Development Specialist at BYU-Idaho and has stewardship over the career exploration courses and assessments offered to students at BYU-Idaho. Ahrendsen has been employed in this position for 13 years.

Ahrendsen and his wife, Ann, have five children: Kaylee, Kyle, Lyndee, Ashlyn and Colin, four of whom have served full-time missions to Nauvoo, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio, and El Salvador.

Previous jobs held by Ahrendsen include a Hydro aluminum transportation engineer (moved sprinkler pipe), a tabloid transporter (paper boy), a non-crop vegetation elimination professional (pulled weeds in potato fields), and a novice body prep undertaker (apprentice mortician).

His hobbies include watching his children grow up and enter different phases of their lives, as well as continually learning, especially from his lovely wife’s example.

Ahrendsen is currently serving as the first counselor in a bishopric for a Young Single Adult ward.

Class Outline

One of the most important parts of achieving happiness is to develop good habits pertaining to the world of work. Our work and career paths can be challenging, mentally uplifting, demanding, creative, satisfying, and interesting. Work brings blessings now, to you and your family and for the future.

Learning Objectives: An occupation can take one of two paths: job or career. It's your choice. This class will discuss:

  1. Virtues that influence our careers: integrity, dependability, courtesy, and respect for others. (Boyd K. Packer, April 1982 General Conference, "The Gospel - The Foundation for our Career")
  2. Listening to the Holy Ghost gives confirmation of a career. (D&C 9:8-9)
  3. By work we sustain and enrich life. It enables us to survive the disappointments and tragedies of the mortal experience. Hard-earned achievement brings a sense of self-worth. Work builds and refines character, creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God. A consecrated life is filled with work, sometimes repetitive, sometimes menial, sometimes unappreciated but always work that improves, orders, sustains, lifts, ministers, aspires." (Reflections on Consecrated Life, D. Todd Christofferson)
  4. "Work is always a spiritual necessity even if, for some, work is not an economic necessity." (Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel, Neal A. Maxwell)
  5. Visions or Dreams
    The Mark of Vision. It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people's lives. We are constantly making small decisions. The outcome determines the success or failure of our lives. That is why it is worthwhile to look ahead, to set a course, and at least be partly ready when the moment of decision comes. True finishers have the capacity to visualize their objective. ("Finishers Wanted" - Ensign June 1989 - ensign, Thomas S. Monson)

    The Mark of Effort. Vision without effort is daydreaming; effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize. ("Finishers Wanted" - Ensign June 1989 - ensign, Thomas S. Monson)
  6. GPS for a career, the patriarchal blessing. A Star to Follow
    "A patriarchal blessing from an ordained patriarch can give us a star to follow, which is a personal revelation from God to each individual. If we follow this star, we are less likely to stumble and be misled. Our patriarchal blessing will be an anchor to our souls, and if we are worthy, neither death nor the devil can deprive us of the blessings pronounced. They are blessings we can enjoy now and forever." -President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, "Priesthood Blessings," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 63.
  7. On this day, I am deeply impressed by the way my family worked after having lost everything following World War II! I remember my father-a civil servant by education and experience-taking on several difficult jobs, among which were coal miner, uranium miner, mechanic, and truck driver. He left early in the morning and often returned late at night in order to support our family. My mother started a laundry service and worked countless hours doing menial labor. She enlisted my sister and me in her business. With my bike I became the pickup and delivery service. It felt good to be able to help the family in a small way, and though I did not know it at the time, the physical labor turned out to be a blessing to my health as well." Two Principles for Any Economy, Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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