“Contents,” Ensign, Dec. 2012, 1–3Contents December 2012Volume 42 • Number 12 MessagesFirst Presidency Message4Rediscovering the Christmas SpiritPresident Thomas S. MonsonVisiting Teaching Message7Visiting Teaching, a Work of SalvationFeatures10Christmas within YouElder Jeffrey R. HollandFinding Christmas through faith and service.13Christmas Ornaments, Christlike FriendsMary N. CookThe Christmas of 1984 was a turning point in my life.14The Christmas HandkerchiefScott M. MooyWhy did my mother give my sister a handkerchief each year?16Lights and MarvelsMichael MoodySheet music that testifies of the Savior.18My Christmas LetterRobyn Marie AllgoodHow could I find peace in the Christmas season after the death of my two-year-old son?20A Christmas Eve TransformationMyrle CrownThe best Christmas gift I ever received was the gift of giving.22I’ll Stay with the SheepSheralee Bills HardyI gained a tender insight during our stake Christmas program dress rehearsal.24Leaving Adversity BehindElder David S. BaxterWe can leave adversity behind and, with the Lord’s help, emerge from darkness.28The Tradition of Light and TestimonyElder L. Tom PerryThe core of the gospel of Jesus Christ is individuals, families, and homes, which the Church functions to support.34They Didn’t Wait for Me to AskC. Angel SmithI was surprised by the generous support from our ward family.36Sacred TransformationsAaron L. WestOne hill transformed. One family transformed.40The Coming of ChristAs Latter-day Saints, we worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God.44Choosing Our Roles in LifeSamuel J. PalmerPicking the right role at the right time can have a huge impact on others.46Repentance: Making the Inside CleanMichael Weir AllredRepentance leads us to replace our impurities with increased spirituality.52Prophets at ChristmastimeLaura F. WillesStories of latter-day prophets exemplify the spirit of Christmas.56Service Never Grows OldSara D. SmithThese Latter-day Saints serve faithfully despite the limitations that come with age.60Never Too Old to TestifyRuth C. MeyersDespite my age, I realize that I still have a purpose in this life.62The Safety and Peace of Keeping the CommandmentsBishop Gary E. StevensonA formula embodied in the gospel of Jesus Christ reveals the pathway to happiness.DepartmentsWhat We Believe8The Gospel of Jesus Christ Was Restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith23Teaching For the Strength of Youth66Latter-day Saint Voices70Small and Simple ThingsServing in the Church72Feeling His Love through ServiceMishelle WasdenHow could I help my sister when it was Christmas and I was 400 miles away?73Family Home Evening Ideas74News of the Church79In Other Church MagazinesUntil We Meet Again80Sunbeams, Public Affairs, and Gospel JoyElder Quentin L. CookWhat do Sunbeams have to do with public affairs? A lot when they represent the joy of the gospel.On the CoverFront: Photograph of Mesa Arizona Temple by Candace Read. Back: Photograph of Oakland California Temple by Billy Lynn Allen and photographs of Sydney Australia Temple and lights by Colin Ligertwood.