“Contents,” Ensign, Dec. 2000, 1EnsignDecember 2000 Volume 30 Number 12ContentsFirst Presidency Message: The Wondrous and True Story of ChristmasPresident Gordon B. HinckleyLessons Learned in the Journey of LifeElder Joseph B. WirthlinBring Your Mission Home with You!Elder L. Edward BrownThe Proclamation on the Family: For Every One of UsDeena KingInsights from 3 Nephi about Our Father in HeavenDouglas S. LadleClerks, Leaders, and Members: Working TogetherChristopher K. BigelowA Song of HopeRoger Terry Helping Brad HealLinda D. CongerAncient Voices, Modern LightThe Seabirds of KiribatiR. Val JohnsonVisiting Teaching Message: Children—Gifts from GodStanding Room OnlyStacey TothThe ElephantsLinda GalleyLatter-day Saint VoicesFrom Lonely to JoyfulVera Jean PaffelMore Important Than SantaSusan S. Spackman“For Thy Good”Evelyn CardinezTestimony on Temple SquareDavid MaughanMy Last Christmas in the MissionJulio Cesar SonodaPortraitsGreat Home Evenings: A Tale of Two FamiliesRandom SamplerNews of the ChurchMaking the Most of This IssueIndex for 2000On 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).