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.
Feb 15, 2018 3:15 pm MSTPresidents Benson, Faust and Packer along with Elders Perry and Haight reflect on calls as apostles Church News senior contributing editor, Gerry Avant, shares reflections from five Brethren, each now deceased, who spoke with the Church News in 1985-86 about their calls to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Jan 17, 2018 11:15 am MSTRead the 1985 bio of President Eyring when he was first called as a general authority Editor's note: A profile of President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, when he was called to serve in the Presiding Bishopric. This article was written by Gerry Avant and ran in the July 7, 1985, edition of the Church News.
Jan 3, 2018 6:27 pm MSTPresident Monson could aptly be described as 'everybody's friend' I was associated with President Thomas S. Monson for about 45 years, ever since I joined the Deseret News staff as a young reporter in 1972. I once wrote of him, “Comfortable in any setting, he aptly could be described as ‘everybody’s fr