[illustrations] Illustrations by Phyllis Luch


Christmas is all about the love and remembrance we give the Lord. It is not all about presents and Santa Claus coming down the chimney. Most people say that Christmas is about being with your family and friends. They are right, but they left out a very important detail—that we should think of the Lord and His birth. Today we celebrate Christmas with toys, CDs, and all the stuff you can think of. When Jesus was born, they didn’t have all that stuff. They just had love and a few gifts from the Wise Men. So, it’s not all about presents. It’s about the love we share with our families. Christmas is a very sacred holiday. We celebrate it with peace in our hearts, good thoughts in our minds, and good actions toward all mankind. I hope we can all remember the true meaning of Christmas.

[photo] Cydnie Rae H., age 9, Nevada

The Snowy Night

One night my family and I were traveling back to Utah from my aunt’s house in Arizona when it started to snow. The snow began to come down harder and harder. I was getting really scared because it was hard to see the road in front of us. I asked my mom if we should say a prayer for help. We said a prayer and we made it to our hotel for the night. I am glad Heavenly Father answers prayers.

[photo] Megan C., age 7, Utah

Black Widow Warning

After school I went to get my rain boots off the porch and put them on so I could play in the puddles. But I felt a warning from the Holy Ghost not to put them on because there was a spider in one of them. I went inside and told my grandma to get the spider out. She swished her fingers around inside the tops of the boots and told me to put them on—there wasn’t any spider. But I knew there was! I told her to turn my boots upside down and bang them on the cement. She did, and a black widow spider about the size of a nickel came out. Grandma showed me the bright-red hourglass shape on it and then smashed it. If I had put my foot inside, the spider might have bitten me. I’m thankful that the Holy Ghost warned me.

[photo] Sally H., age 10, Idaho