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“Contents,” Ensign, Dec. 2000, 1


December 2000

Volume 30 Number 12

On the covers: Front: The Road to Bethlehem, by Joseph Brickey, oil on canvas, 40″ x 60″, 2000.

Inside front: St. Joseph the Carpenter, by Georges de La Tour. Courtesy of Louvre. Photo © RMN, Herve Lewandowski. During the time of Christ, young boys typically learned the family trade. Here, a 17th-century French painter portrays Joseph teaching young Jesus to be a carpenter amid the smell of sawdust and wood shavings.

Inside back: 1843 Christmas in Nauvoo, by Glen S. Hopkinson, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″, 1999. On Christmas Day 1843, carolers sang to the Prophet Joseph Smith and his family. The singing “caused a thrill of pleasure to run through my soul,” wrote the Prophet. “All of my family and boarders arose to hear the serenade, and I felt to thank my Heavenly Father for their visit, and blessed them in the name of the Lord” (History of the Church, 6:134).