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.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Dear Kylie, From Uncle Owen

       This year for my service I decided to do random acts of service as often as possible.  These service opportunities included things like paying for popcorn in a redbox movie, donating blood, helping strangers change tires on the side of the road,  giving money to those in need,  blowing leaves  on our wards day of service, helping many families move into and out of our ward.......and the list could go on and on.

One service I would like to highlight was changing the tire of a single mom on the side of the highway.  I passed by her vehicle while driving to work one afternoon and notice she was standing outside her van obviously distraught.  I decided to turn around and see if i could help.  She was traveling from Tennessee to another part of our state in a rental car and there was no one who could help her and her 2 year old daughter get off the side of the road for several hours.  I was able to quickly change the tire and get her to a location where she could safely wait for a new vehicle from her rental company.

The reason I chose this service for you is because of your infectious joy you spread to others.  Thank you for your great example to me and my family.

(Sorry about no pictures but due to the random nature of most of my acts there was no time for pictures)

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