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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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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.
Sunshine and warm weather among the things that draw people to St. George, Utah, this time of year. “I’ve waited 40 years for the opportunity to go to St. George in the winter. When I got there, the...
Elder L. Tom Perry’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II was recognized at a formal reception, dinner and program on Saturday evening in downtown Salt Lake City on Nov. 9.
The honest payment of tithing is more than a duty — it is an important step in the process of personal sanctification, declared Elder David A. Bednar in his Saturday morning talk.
President Thomas S. Monson opens 183rd Semiannual General Conference