“Contents,” Liahona, Dec. 1997LiahonaDecember 1997Volume 21, Number 12ContentsFeaturesFirst Presidency Message: A Season for GratitudePresident Gordon B. HinckleyOur Lord and SaviorMy Christmas CoatCheryl BoylePeace in the Holy LandD. Kelly Ogden and David B. GalbraithMajor Changes in Priesthood and Relief Society CurriculumDon L. SearleA Tribute to Brother JosephThe Light and the LifeElder Dallin H. OaksEven in Deepest SorrowSveinbjörg GudmundsdóttirI Am a PioneerCatherine Ramognino and Don O. ThorpeEspecially for YouthA New Christmas TraditionDouglas PresençaA Witness for Jesus ChristDarrin LythgoeChristmas Every SundayLois T. BartholomewDepartmentsCommentVisiting Teaching Message: “Always Remembering for What They Are Given”The FriendA Christmas Message from the First Presidency to the Children of the World: “Good Tidings of Great Joy”This Is My Beloved SonMarvin K. Gardner and Vanja Y. WatkinsFor Little FriendsChristmas Star Rebecca ToddSharing Time: The Prophets Testify of Jesus Christ’s BirthKaren AshtonExploring: DeseretSherrie JohnsonFun PageChristmas Crafts: Sparkling Christmas PictureM. H. MartinTreetop TraditionVeloy RichardsOn the cover: First Vision, by Liz Lemon.Back cover: Nativity photographed by Craig Dimond; The First Vision, by Lowell Bruce Bennett.Inside back cover: Siege of the Crickets, by Dan Baxter. In May 1848, the pioneer Saints in the Salt Lake Valley were distraught when swarms of crickets began devouring their maturing and desperately needed vegetables and grain. Men, women, and children fought the ravenous insects for several weeks. Their fervent prayers for help were answered, and much of the crop was saved, when flocks of seagulls flew in from the Great Salt Lake and gorged themselves on the crickets for three weeks.