“Contents,” Ensign, Dec. 1985, 1EnsignDecember 1985Volume 15 Number 12ContentsSpecial FeaturesPresident Ezra Taft Benson Ordained Thirteenth President of the ChurchDon L. SearleSpencer, the Beloved: Leader-ServantElder Neal A. MaxwellThe Gospel of LoveTributes and Messages of AppreciationThe Words of a ProphetThe Resolve of ObedienceSpencer W. Kimball: A Star of the First MagnitudePresident Ezra Taft BensonA Prophet of LoveBarbara B. SmithA Kind and Loving FatherAndrew E. KimballHe Went about Doing GoodD. Arthur HaycockSpencer W. Kimball: Man of FaithElder Russell M. NelsonHe Is at PeaceElder Gordon B. HinckleyFirst Presidency Message: Feasting upon the ScripturesPresident Gordon B. Hinckley“Come, Learn of Me”Elder Thomas S. MonsonUsing the New ScripturesElder Boyd K. PackerCome: Hear the Voice of the LordElder Bruce R. McConkieThoughts on the Good ShepherdHomer S. EllsworthRegular FeaturesI Have a QuestionThe priesthood and the knowledge of God (D&C 84:19–22) Melvin J. PetersenSharingMormon Journal“You’re the Future of the World” Jerry BorrowmanFrom the Ward, with Love Janet Farley RichardsonRandom SamplerBag It This ChristmasKeeping Children’s Histories Up to DateWhat Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?News of the ChurchInside front cover: The Record Keeper, by Roger Loveless, 22″ by 28″, acrylic, 1983. Courtesy of Darrell T. Schvaneveldt.Throughout the ages prior to his mortal mission, the Lord instructed prophets to record the revelations and inspired communications that they received from him. Prominent among the prophets is Isaiah, who wrote concerning the Lord’s future birth: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” (Isa. 7:14–15.)Inside back cover: Jesus As a Youth in the Carpenter Shop, by Del Parson, 20″ by 30″, oil on canvas, 1985.Jesus spent his youth in Nazareth, where he “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52.) This painting depicts the boy Jesus working in the carpenter shop.