Our Season of Service

Inspired by some friends of our family, the Marshall family has decided to try a new way of exchanging Christmas gifts in 2012. We hope it will become a wonderful family tradition.
For years, the four Marshall children, their spouses, and their parents exchanged gifts every Christmas, but in 2011, we decided the gift-giving tradition may need a change since we are all so blessed and in need of truly nothing. We decided we needed to find a better way to celebrate the true Christmas spirit.

We suggested that we each perform acts of service in the name of the sibling whose name we were assigned at random. Our service will be kept a secret until Christmas Day.

Our friend drew the names for us and notified each of us privately of the person who should inspire our service. On Christmas Day, we reveal who we were given and how we chose to serve by posting our stories on The Marshall Family Season of Service blog.

We hope this tradition will help us focus on serving our communities and each other during the annual celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

We invite you to come back to our blog on Christmas morning to read this year's service.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dear Owen,
  When I drew your name I tried to think of what I could do to honor your name this year. I thought of how you are constantly engaged in missionary work and helping others. Since you served your mission in a very poor part of the world I know you have a special place in your heart for those people who need to be able to prepare themselves to have a better life. What better way to do this than with better education, so I decided to donate to the Perpetual Education Fund of the church for you. Through the actions I see you per form I know you care about other people and how you can help them. I am very proud of you and the man you have become. Keep up the good work.
Love, Daddy

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