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

For Wendy

Dear Wendy This year I decided to avoid the Christmas crunch I always feel and work on one service project per month. I made a list of projects that I felt acceptable and got to work. Some were small, really small--like writing a note to a friend who was having a hard time. One month I cleaned a friends house who was having a difficult pregnancy. A couple months we fed missionaries...who I wouldn't have chosen to spend time with....seriously, that was a major service. One month I took a meal to a recent widow with a grocery gift card. Some were bigger, some were simple, one month I needed some service. I felt the exercise helped me focus all year on thinking of others and enjoyed the experience. I am thankful for the Saviors example and love. Merry Christmas Love, Heidi

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