“Christmas is more than trees and twinkling lights, more than toys and gifts and baubles of a hundred varieties,” said President Gordon B. Hinckley. “[Christmas] is love. It is the love of the Son of God for all mankind. It reaches out beyond our power to comprehend. It is magnificent and beautiful. * * * “It is peace. It is the peace which comforts, which sustains, which blesses all who accept it. * * * “It is faith. It is faith in God and His Eternal Son. It is faith in His wondrous ways and message. It is faith in Him as our Redeemer and our Lord” (“A Season for Gratitude,” Liahona, December 1997, 6). * * * This season reminds Christians everywhere of the Savior’s redeeming gift of love, a gift prepared for all who will receive it. Following are experiences of Latter-day Saints who have both received and shared the love of the Lord at Christmastime.

Detail from Lost Lamb, by Del Parson

Illustrated by Brian Call