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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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
President Thomas S. Monson and members of his family participated in the groundbreaking for the Hartford Connecticut Temple on Aug. 17.
During its 2013 summer concert tour to the Upper Midwest, members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed for audiences numbering in the thousands in concert halls and arenas. On Wednesday morning, they sang t...
During its 2013 summer concert tour to the Upper Midwest, members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang to a crowd estimated at 2,500 in the Trail of Honor Park in Black River Falls, Wis.