“Contents,” New Era, Dec. 1999 New Era December 1999 Volume 29, Number 12 Contents The Message: His Mission and MinistryElder Russell M. NelsonAs the only one who could voluntarily lay down His life and take it up again, Christ’s mission and ministry were the Atonement. Idea List: Christmas CountdownLisa M. G. CrockettMake Christmas better for yourself by making it better for others. In Tune: Christmas Bells Are RingingRobert P. Manookin Everyday Heroes: All the TrimmingsJanet ThomasHair today, gone tomorrow. Young women in Torrance, California, cut their ponytails for a good cause. Mormonisms Q&A: Questions and AnswersIs it possible to be truly happy in this life? Mormonad: Be Wise In the Potter’s HandsLarry A. HillerAs we are molded by our Creator, we can become a precious masterpiece. One Siberian ChristmasNathan K. LindsayWhat could be the best gift to give and to receive? It’s the true gospel of Christ. Nativity in NyssaBarbara Jean JonesOne silent night in Oregon, the most memorable event in history is reenacted. The Children’s FriendsLisa M. G. CrockettChristmas blessings are worth sharing, especially with needy children in Georgia. O Come Let Us Adore HimJanet ThomasA helping hand and an arm to lean on become true Christmas offerings. Fiction: Snowed InAlma J. YatesA snowstorm forced one young man into spending Christmas Eve giving service. The 1999 New Era Index Poem: Dreaming of a White ChiasmusDaniel Campbell Photo of the MonthLane V. Erickson Cover: The scripture story of the first Christmas comes to life. See “Nativity in Nyssa,” p. 28. Cover photography: Barbara Jean Jones (front), Lana Leishman (back).