“Contents,” Ensign, Dec. 1998, 1EnsignDecember 1998 Volume 28 Number 12ContentsFirst Presidency Message: What Is Christmas?President Thomas S. MonsonNourishing the SpiritElder Dallin H. OaksLife—the Gift Each Is GivenElder Alexander B. MorrisonSharing the Fire of Our FaithRichard Davis“God Setteth the Solitary in Families”Maria Cristina SantanaGift for a StrangerDonavene Ahier JaycoxSealing Families, Strengthening a WardPaul VanDenBergheAustralia: Coming Out of Obscurity Down UnderChristopher K. BigelowTrust—Etched in GlassPat Kohler WarrenPlace of HonorJan TindallTasting the Bread of LifeSherrie JohnsonI Have a QuestionWho were the Maccabees, and how did they influence Jewish history? Gaye StrathearnMormon JournalWhat Present Could I Give? Marilou D. Paderanga IdosThe Art of Perspective Laura Russell BunkerStockings Filled with Love Henry CopierAn Angel in Deed Amanda RoweJust a Few Stamps Short Wanda Daines Hammond VetterliRandom SamplerThe Visiting Teacher: Observing the Law of TithingPortraitsNews of the ChurchAnnual IndexOn the cover: The Arrival, by Michael Albrechtsen, oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″, 1998. Courtesy of Dennis Morganson.Inside front cover: Mary and the Christ Child, by Robert T. Barrett, oil on board, 18″ x 24″, 1993.Inside back cover: Gray Day of Winter, by LeConte Stewart, oil on board, 24″ x 30″, 1931. Courtesy of Museum of Church History and Art. A peaceful winter scene with its horse-drawn sled, wooden barns, and simple homes depicts rural Farmington, Utah, during the Great Depression.