Not all institute classes are in Institute of Religion buildings located conveniently next to a college or university campus.

This fall, many are in LDS Church buildings on a week night. Other classes are during the day in available rooms on-campus through the Latter-day Saint Student Association. Still some students meet in homes.

No matter where they meet, students from Alaska to New York City and Quebec to New Orleans find time to go to institute amid school, work and other obligations as they seek to be spiritually strengthened.

And institute encompasses more than just classes, as students seek to serve, socialize and reach out to those in their communities in many languages and in all types of weather.

“If you are a single college student, I ask you to make participation in institute a priority. Married students and other young adults are also welcome and encouraged to attend,” President Thomas S. Monson said in April 2009. “Think of it. Friends will be made, the Spirit will be felt, and faith will be strengthened. I promise you that as you participate in institute and study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased. Divine favor will attend those who humbly seek it. That is a promise which I leave with you.”

This week Mormon Times focuses on smaller institutes across the country, each with its own unique flair, in a series of profiles.