Timpanogos Temple

Timpanogos Temple

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Crazy Week, Super Cool

Hey Everybody!

It’s been a crazy week, lots of good stuff going on though. We had transfers on Wednesday, so I spent the first part of the week saying by to people and packing up. I was pretty excited for transfers for a few reasons, a couple of those being that I’m now in Saratoga Springs, and I’ve always wanted to serve on the west side of the lake, I’m serving in a trio with two other Elders that I get along great with (Elder Williams and Elder Johnson), and I’m part of a pretty sweet district. The only bad part is that we didn’t have a car for the first two days, and our area is pretty big, not to mention the zone covers like half of the mission. Thank goodness we’ve got some pretty rad elders in the zone who helped out a ton with rides and stuff!

So, I’m pretty pumped for this coming Saturday because we recently got clearance for this super cool family to be baptized. Because of their family background, they had to get special permission from the first presidency for it to happen. They did, and it’s happening this Saturday. It’s a family of 5 and their niece, so that’s pretty dang sweet. It was really cool because I was just thinking the week before that all of the people I’ve helped get baptized have been individuals and it would be really special for a whole family to get baptized, and now we have the opportunity to see it happen. I am 100% without a doubt sure that it is a miracle. The Lord really cares about his children and is involved in our missionary work!

That’s about it for this week, I’m short on time, but I hope everyone has a great week! Talk to y’all later!

Elder Orchard

Only picture this week is of my mission dad, Elder Zimsky. He finished up his mission this last week. Congratulations Elder Zimsky!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Going to Saratoga Springs

Hey Everybody!

We’ve had a great week, lots to do and lots of fun things going on! We had exchanges with some other Elders on Tuesday, I spent the day walking around in their area. It was in Pleasant Grove, where I was for the last two weeks of last transfer, so it was good to see some people that I knew and hadn’t seen in a bit. We had our apartment inspections on Thursday, and we did pretty good. Let me tell you what. You should’ve seen the look on their faces, it’s like they’d never seen a place look so nice. We also had a bunch of companionship studies with other missionaries in the Zone all week, that was really fun and a great way to connect with the rest of the zone. Then on Saturday morning we got to clean the chapel that our Mission Office is in. It might not seem that exciting, but we’ll take any excuse we can to get out of our proselyting clothes. Also on Sunday we got to teach a combined youth class. It’s their missionary month and they’re preparing for their missions, so we taught them how to teach the restoration. It was really easy because we teach it every night at dinner appointments, and it was also really fun!

In other news, we got our transfer calls this morning. I’ll be leaving Lindon, and I’ll have the opportunity to serve with Elder Williams in Saratoga Springs. I’m really excited because it’s always interesting going into a new area, as well as the fact that this will be my first time serving on the west side of lake Utah. It’ll be great! I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Orchard

If you look closely, you can see the tire treads from where my iPad got ran over. Thankfully, it still functions perfectly fine, with only minimal damage to my screen protector.

A beautiful sunset.

This wallet stacking deserves an “A” grade.

How to Distract Kids Trick #1: iPad cameras.

Spot the deer eyes.

6 rolls of sushi for $20? That’s hard to pass up!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Learning From Others

Hey Everybody!

It’s been another good week here in the UOM, full of way too many meetings and plenty of missionary work. With church meetings and mission meetings combined, I think we spent about 18 hours sitting. Not all in a row of course, but it still took its toll. But I’m still alive and well!

It’s been kind of a slow week in terms of teaching. We had a lot of lessons set up and had contact with most of the people we’re teaching, but we weren’t really able to teach all that much. Most of the time was spent just uplifting and edifying, which sometimes is what’s needed the most. I think it really helps people realize that we aren’t just trying to get them baptized, but that we actually do care about them. Hopefully we get to teach some more this week, as well as continue to administer to the needs of those around us. Whatever the case, I’m still helping in the Lord’s work. If that means learning more about patience and just being of service to some, than I’m fine with that!

In other news, we had a lot of uplifting from our leaders and ward members. Between MLC, Zone Conference, CDM, and Stake Conference, I learned more than I thought I could in a single week. I hadn’t felt that spiritually blasted since the MTC. It was great though! I hope everyone has a great week, feel free to write anytime! I can’t guarantee I’ll get to them right away, my email app is giving me problems, but I’m sure I’ll get to them eventually! Until next week!

Elder Orchard

Letting my artistic side show

Next big children’s sunglasses fashion model

Our skill is not in basketball itself, but in getting the basketballs stuck in odd places

Monday, January 29, 2018

3/4 of the way there

Hey Everybody!

Nothing to exciting happened this week. We had some exchanges that we went on, I stayed in the area with Elder Cook. He’s a super fun guy, he’s from New York. We were finally able to meet again with an investigator from Ukraine named Anton. He’s going to school at UVU. It’s been hard meeting with him since he’s been in Ukraine over Christmas and super busy with the beginning of the semester. Also we had an Investigator named Edmound who asked how he could get sealed to his wife! And another investigator named Ken came to church, for all three hours too! It’s been hard for him to get to church because of a lot of health problems. He wants to get baptized though so he can baptize his son, and he has a date set for baptism! A lot of the people we are teaching are making some great progress! It’s exciting seeing them all come unto Christ! Now we just need to find more people to teach. On another note, I hit my 18 month mark this last weekend. I’ve officially served a full Sister mission, haha! It’s crazy to think I’m already 3/4 of the way done. People say it flies by, and they aren’t kidding! I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Orchard

30 minutes for lunch isn’t enough time, so we multitask to make up for it

Sweeto Burrito: Guaranteed to make you regret your decision to eat there

Monday, January 22, 2018

God Speaks to His Prophets

Hey Everybody!

This week has been great, we finally got some snow! Like 5 inches too. The best part was that I was in a different area on exchanges on Saturday when it was snowing, so I got to walk around in it all day and suffer like a missionary should. Its about time I feel what its like to not be pampered all the time! Haha mission life is great. On our exchange I went to a Spanish area, so I had no idea what was going on half the time. The dinner was mostly them and my companion for the day Elder Mata, talking to each other in Spanish, and me sitting there smiling and not having any idea what was going on. It was great though, I had a lot of fun! I’ve stayed strong with my study schedule, so I’m pretty proud of myself for that! I just finished the book of Ruth last night, so I’m actually a few days ahead.

I wish I had a cool story to share with y’all, but our area is struggling a bit. We have one guy we are teaching named Ken, he has a date set for baptism for the 20th of February, but he has a hard time making it to church due to tons of health problems. If you guys could pray for him to have the strength to make it to church that would be amazing! I did see a miracle this week when we got to watch the announcement of the new first presidency and the press conference that followed. The miracle is that I was able to receive a witness that President Nelson, President Oaks, and President Eyring have been called of God to be the chief governing body of this church and to lead God’s children on the earth during the rest of their mortal ministries. I can say that with 100% surety I know that President Nelson is a prophet of God. I know that this church is true. I hope you all have a wonderful week, you're amazing people!

Elder Orchard

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trust in the Lord

Hey Everybody!

This week has been fun, and we’ve been working hard! We spent a lot of time in some of our wards trying to get to know the leadership and find more people to teach. We haven’t had a whole lot of success, but we’ll keep trying! We did have interviews with our mission president on Wednesday, that was a nice experience as always! We have a lot of things planned for this coming week, hopefully they don’t fall through. This morning we played basketball with the group that we usually do for almost 3 hours since it was MLK day and a lot of them had the day off work. Right after that we had our zone activity for the transfer. We ended up playing volleyball as the main activity, and then had people splitting off in smaller groups to play basketball and other games. It was pretty fun overall!

This week I’ve been making a more meaningful personal Study. As part of that, I’ve made it a goal to finish all of the standard Works from where I am now by the time I finish my mission. Currently that has me reading in the Bible, in the oh-so-exciting book of Deuteronomy. While I haven’t retained a whole lot of what has been said, I do have an idea of the general theme and have actually learned a lot. In Deuteronomy, Moses takes a lot of time to pretty much recap a lot of what was written in later Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. Two things I’ve noticed are 1) The commandments and processes the Lord gives to the Israelites to get clean (mostly through sacrifice) and stay clean, and 2) the requirement for the Israelites to trust wholly in the Lord. Although those aren’t expressed in the same way today, I think the principles are just as important now as they were 3500-odd years ago. We don’t get clean through animal sacrifice, we repent and are clean through the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, and it’s important to try to stay clean. Being clean is so crucial because we “can inherit the kingdom of heaven” (Alma 11:37). And I cannot stress how important it is to trust the Lord. Paul taught us that we “see through a glass, darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12), which means that we have a really limited perspective. It’s easy to see trials, questions, and other misconceptions and wonder why they happen or what they mean, but our limited perspective keeps us from having a full understanding. We need to, absolutely need to, trust in the Lord and turn our will over to Him. There is no other way to have true and full happiness.

I hope everyone has a great week! Keep being amazing!

Elder Orchard

Having a little fun at dinner

Signs it’s a mild winter: our neighbor was watering his lawn

Monday, January 8, 2018

Back in my Area

Hey Everybody!

This last week has been great, and with a few exciting changes! Elder Carvahlo came to the area with me on Wednesday morning. It was nice being able to sleep in my own apartment and my own bed instead of just a cot in some other Elder’s apartment. It was a pretty fun two weeks with Elder Singleton and Elder Holland though, and I’ll miss the good people of PG! A lot of the week was spent getting Elder Carvahlo acquainted with the area, as well as setting up for Chris’s baptism on Saturday. The baptism went through and was an amazing experience! I'm so glad I was able to work with him and help him prepare for and be baptized. I can honestly say that I’ve grown to love that man and his family! Not too much else exciting happened, but it was overall a great week. I’m looking forward to continuing in the service of the Lord this next week and in the months to come. I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Orchard

Chris’s baptism and all the squad that helped out (minus the former Elder Campbell)

Some wicked fog that rolled in Sunday morning

Apple TV + iPad Camera = Infinity Picture