“Wise men from the east” seek to find the Christ child so they can worship Him. When they find Him, they present Him with gifts.
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. . . .
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:
“The wise men found Jesus in a house, not a stable, inn, or temporary abiding place; that He is called a ‘young child,’ not a baby, a total of seven times in the course of 14 consecutive verses [and] that Matthew makes two pointed references to the diligent nature of Herod’s inquiry as to the actual time of the birth, . . . assuming that Herod would order the massacre of all young children in the general age bracket, . . . the presumption arises that a number of months or even one or two years may have elapsed before the arrival of the eastern visitors.”
(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1965–73], 1:107.)