December brings with it flurries—of snow, parties, cookies, carols. The busyness of the holiday season often causes us to struggle with balancing the commercial and the spiritual, the company of friends and neighbors with the companionship of family. Solitude is near impossible as we search for the perfect gifts to express our love and appreciation for the people that fill our lives. This month, our authors share their perspectives on gifts found not only art Christmastime, but year round.
In her essay “The Day I Met Elie,” Sherilyn Olsen tells a story of the precious gift of a child to a longing parent, and the gift of a mother to a child who craves the safety and adoration she will provide.
The Savior’s gift of healing us from abuse and pain—one we all need, no matter our life experiences—Is highlighted in Jean Pierce’s fictional account, “Freed from Bondage.”
“Silent Season,” an archived piece from Krista Clement, brings a sense of familiar winter chill while wrapping us in the gift of an intimate, timeless, relationship—something each of us craves to have and create with the ones we love most.
Finally, Darlene Young’s poem, “Shepherds,” (another archived favorite of Segullah’s poetry staff), reminds us of the gift of God loving us wherever and in whatever state He finds us. We all have “dirty fingernails/of one kind or another,” and yet as the angels heralding the birth of the Redeemer came to these men “in all their grimy glory,” he comes to each of us, no matter our circumstances, each day blessing us and loving us.
Thank you for giving us the gift of reading Segullah this year, whether joining us as a new reader, or sticking with us as we transitioned from print to pixels. We’re looking forward to an exciting 2014, with new opportunities for you to interact with Segullah as readers, writers, and even in person!
“The Day I Met Elie,” by Sherilyn Olsen
“Freed from Bondage,” by Jean Pierce
“Silent Season,” by Krista Clement
“Shepherds,” by Darlene Young
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Coming soon: archived content from our Fall/Winter 2012 print issue, and Spring/Summer 2012 issue
April 2013 – Special Issue: 2013 Contest Winners
March 2013 – Special Issue: Mormonism and Disability
“Inside and Outside Marriage”
Featured artist: Maralise Petersen
Featured artist: Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff
“Gifts of the Spirit”
Featured artist: Leslie Graff
Featured artist: Lee Bennion
“Palette of Light”
Featured artist: Sharon Furner
“Roots and Branches”
Featured artist: Mandi Mauldin Felici
Featured artist: Jacqui Larsen
Featured artist: Jamie Wayman
“Cleave Unto Charity”
Featured artist: Rose Datoc Dall
“Women Proclaiming the Gospel”
“Corridors of Change”
Featured artist: Claire Ferguson
“The Measure of Creation”
Cover art by Victoria Holt