Gerry Avant
Gerry Avant is editor of the LDS Church News. In addition to her editing duties, she has gone on assignments throughout the United States and to countries. She has won state and regional awards for photography. A native of Georgia, she received an associate's degree from Brewton Parker College and a bachelor's degree from BYU, where she did post-graduate studies. She taught high school English before she joined the Deseret News staff.

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When he was 8, Dieter F. Uchtdorf looked up at planes in the Berlin airlift. Years later, he learned that a fellow Latter-day Saint, Gail Halvorsen, the renowned Candy Bomber, was one of the airlift's pilots.
Elder David A. Bednar explained the spiritual value and importance of repetitious learning and teaching as he addressed a devotional assembly at BYU-Idaho on Jan. 26.
Elder David A. Bednar explains the spiritual value and importance of repetitious learning and teaching during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Jan. 26.
"Each faith-filled step will be met with help from heaven," said Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy in his priesthood session address.
On the occasion of his 88th birthday on Aug. 21, we’re taking a look back at some of President Thomas S. Monson's “birthday reflections.”
President Boyd K. Packer "lived as he taught, after the pattern of the Savior," said President Thomas S. Monson at the funeral for President Packer on July 10.
Religious freedom and the rule of law are central messages of the Church, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf told delegates from 40 countries who participated in BYU’s 21st Annual International Law and Religion...
President Thomas S. Monson spent his 87th birthday on Aug. 21 attending to the duties of his office, including presiding over the weekly meeting of General Authorities in the Salt Lake Temple.
The Gilbert Arizona Temple, the 142nd temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was dedicated Sunday, March 2.
The program's organizers said that the youth, upon hearing forecasts earlier in the week, made a plea that the show would go on despite the weather. It went on.