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.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas, Owen!

Each year I feel like life is getting busier and busier.  Time is flying by and I can’t believe another year is coming to an end.  I have thought many times that I should do something or other as a service project in your honor, but they all fell through for one reason of another.  I feel my service this year is less personal and somewhat of a copout regarding what this service blog is supposed to be.  However, my service does represent a very large portion of my time that has been dedicated performing real service.   I would like to dedicate my time as Bishop to you this year.  I have performed funerals, weddings, marriage counseling, and pornography counseling.  I have overseen welfare administration and subsequent service opportunities.   I have walked many through the repentance process.  I have interviewed many for baptism, Priesthood, Temple recommends, missions, and CES school application.  I have issued callings and releases.  I have interviewed all 50 of my youth at least annually encouraging fulfillment of duty to God and Personal Progress requirements.  I have fasted and prayed.  I have attended and conducted numerous meetings.  I have taught classes and spoken in Sacrament and other meetings.  I have organized service projects and visits to Elderly and homebound individuals.  I have trained and loved many within my sphere of influence.  I have served side by side with and counseled with the full time missionaries.  I have comforted and counseled the sick and afflicted.  I have administered Priesthood blessings of counsel, comfort, and guidance.  I have set apart many.  I have helped with moves and other hands on service projects.  I have met with hundreds of members of my ward for tithing settlement.  I have sought out the poor, afflicted, and less active.  I have gone to their homes to provide direct support.   I have collected and distributed hundreds of dollars in gift cards for those in need to have Christmas gifts.  I have learned more about Christ like love and selfless service.

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