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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.