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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Exactly 20 years after he and his wife began their own missionary service, Elder Ronald A. Rasband spoke to new mission presidents about repentance.
In an address at England's university of Oxford, Elder Dallin H. Oaks speaks on the complementary functions of religion and government in a global setting.
"The gospel has blessed our lives, and the lives of our children. We just try to live simple gospel principles and what the Book of Mormon teaches,” said Elder Joaquin E. Costa, a new General Authority Se...
Elder Ronald A. Rasband took spiritual nourishment to Latter-day Saints in the West African nations of Nigeria and Ghana from March 10-21.
During the past 27 years, President Russell M. Nelson has fulfilled five assignments to the Philippines, witnessing firsthand evidences of the growth of the Church in this Pacific Rim nation.
“Our sisters of the Philippines are remarkable!” Sister Wendy Watson Nelson said upon returning home after she accompanied her husband, President Russell M. Nelson on his travels Feb. 11-22.
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.