Timpanogos Temple

Timpanogos Temple

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



Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!

Hey Everybody! It’s been a good week, some good stuff happened. We saw a Ferrari. I’ve been sleeping on a cot for almost 2 weeks now, but I just sat in a massage chair for 15 minutes so it’s all good. Transfers are coming up on Wednesday so I’ll finally be able to get back into my own apartment and full time into my own area. I’m getting Elder Carvalho and we’re Zone Leaders together. I haven’t really thought too much about New Year's resolutions so maybe not a new me but we’ll see. Not too much time this week, so this one will be short. Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Elder Orchard

Last time as a district

Last time as a district

Ferrari

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hey Everybody!

First and foremost, I apologize for the lack of email last week. It was pretty crazy. Elder Campbell left and I had to get a bunch of my own stuff packed up so that I could temporarily move apartments for two weeks. Also, we had zone activity in the morning, so it was just a hectic day. A lot has happened in the last two weeks though! Of all the highlights over the last two weeks, one of the biggest ones was getting to see John Mungin sealed to his wife and kids in the Payson Temple. I got special permission to attend, and the sealing was awesome! It was such a great experience being able to see another huge milestone in John's eternal progression, especially since I got to be with him from the beginning through his baptism. Its something I'll remember for a long time.

Another big milestone in the life of one person we are teaching, named Chris, happened this last week when he and his fiance (now wife) got married. I got to attend the service, and even though it was short, it was very touching to see. We had a small dinner gathering afterwards, but it wasn't near as good as the ceremony itself. I'm looking forward to continuing working with him and seeing him get baptized here in a few weeks!

As you all know, these last two days were Christmas and Christmas Eve! We went to a total of three Christmas Eve sacrament programs on Sunday, all of which were amazing! Then from about 2:30 to the end of the night we were constantly going from members house to members house visiting and eating, then visiting some more and eating a lot more. Pretty much the same thing happened on Christmas Day, except it started at 8:00 with breakfast at a member's home. Of course we also got to open presents from our families and spend an hour video calling them as well, which was probably the highlight of the month! Except for the fact that we ran out of things to talk about after about 5 minutes. But no worries, it was an incredible experience nonetheless! I hope everyone else's Christmas was as good as mine or better, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! I love this season and the love that everyone has for one another. I know that the only thing it can be attributed to is the light of Christ that is in them. I hope that everyone takes a chance the rest of this Christmas season to remember Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for them! Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year as well!

Elder Orchard


Mungin Family Sealing


Mungin Family Sealing

Chris’s Wedding

Nativity Squad

Nativity Squad

It was a white Christmas after all! (Although it was all gone by the end of the day)

Gotta love that Utah inversion



Monday, December 11, 2017

Just Another Busy Week!

Hey Everybody!

This week was pretty great! We had a ton of meetings and stuff, so it felt like it lasted forever, but here we are at Monday again so it’s all good! We started off the week Tuesday with MLC, which was SUPER long. By the end of it I felt like I’d lived in the chapel my whole mission up to that point. They introduced the new training focus for December, which is centered on improving teaching skills and on The Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m excited for it!

The next day we had mission president Interviews. It’s always a blessing to spend some one on one time with President Killpack, even if it’s only 2 minutes because he’s behind schedule! On Thursday we had exchanges. I stayed in the area with Elder Mata. He’s a Spanish missionary and this is only his second transfer. It was a fun time, he’s pretty cool! The next day they threw a surprise preparedness drill at us. There wasn’t an actual emergency, so don’t go telling anyone that, just an exercise to see how prepared everyone would be if there were an emergency. Not many people would be.

Later that day we had our combined district meeting, which went really well except for the entire time I felt sick. I made it through though! We also had a few Ward parties that night and the next day, which are a blast! Elder Campbell and I sang “Silent Night” at one of them. We totally put off preparing for it until the night before, and I thought it was going to be awful because of that. But I said a prayer right before we went on, and it actually turned out pretty well! At least I think it did, I’ll let you know for sure next week when I have the video recording.

On Sunday night, we went to a Stake Musical Fireside called “Carols to our King”. It went really well! We went with one of our investigators named Chris. They really enjoyed it too, but they had to take off right away afterwards to take his son home. Chris is doing great, he really has a strong desire to be baptized! The biggest thing that is holding him back is not having as much of an understanding as he should, and overcoming his struggles with some of the commandments. He’s making progress though, and he’s on date for the 23rd of December, so everybody pray for him!

I hope you all have a great week, I know I will! I get to go to John Mungin’s sealing on Saturday morning, I’ve been looking forward to this for the entire last year! I’ll talk to you all next week!

Elder Ethan Orchard
“Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” Moroni 10:32


A picture of a picture taken at a Christmas party a week and a half or so ago, back when my hair was atrociously short:


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Light the World!

Hey Everybody! It’s been a good week here in the UOM! We’ve been busy and working hard, and a few fun things have happened along the way. We had a baptism this week! Her name is Sabrina, her husband is a returned missionary and she’s grown up around the church and even graduated seminary but never got baptized. I only taught them once before the baptism, but I’m looking forward to working with them more during the after baptism discussions! The only service project we had this week was raking leaves. We thought it would be a quick project, but we ended up raking leaves for almost 3 hours! Not to mention it was December, which it’s weird enough to be raking leaves in December. This weekend also kicked off the beginning of the Christmas Party season. We had 3 Christmas parties on Saturday, a breakfast and two dinner parties. And there are plenty more to come! It’s going to be a crazy month!

Friday also kicked off the beginning of the month, which means it was the beginning of the Church’s #LighttheWorld initiative. There is a great video introducing the program, as well as a theme for every day based on a scripture. The purpose of the program is to serve others and ultimately become like Jesus Christ through small charitable acts. The end goal is to build momentum and have people feel the spirit of charity and love throughout the year, not just during the Holiday season. The intro video, a calendar with all the days, and a video for each day can be found at Mormon.org. Everybody can take part and serve one another as we try and light the world one person at a time! You are all amazing people, I hope everyone has a great week!

Also! We got to go to the temple this morning! Amazing experience, as always. Temples truly are the house of the Lord!

Elder Ethan Orchard
“Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” Moroni 10:32

P.s. My companion and I committed to give up desserts and sweets as an act of solidarity with an investigator who is trying to give up tea. If anyone is planning on sending stuff for Christmas, feel free to leave out the sugar! Tank you!


Light the World!

Sabrina’s baptism

Our district at the temple

Our district, still at the temple

A bunch of dear we saw in a field

Monday, November 27, 2017

Light the World

Hey Everybody!

It’s been a busy week here in the UOM! We had transfers this last week, and a lot of changes have gone down. The least of which is that my companion and I are opening and leading a new zone, the Battle Creek Zone! We’re serving in Lindon right now, which is exciting because this is the second time I’ve served here, and it’s right across the street from the Northridge Stake, which I served in for four months. It so surreal thinking of memories and feeling like they just happened not that long ago, then realizing they happened over a year ago! My companion's name is Elder Campbell. He’s from Maryland, and he’s been out for a while. Whenever people ask, he tells them he’s been out just over a year, but let’s just say I’ll be getting a new companion here in about three weeks, haha!

We were packed this last Thursday with Turkey Bowl in the morning and dinners the rest of the day. It was great because we got to eat a ton, but miserable because we felt like we were going to die from food overdose. It was great! The rest of the weekend was spent getting readjusted to the area. It was strange seeing people that I already knew, and kinda funny when some of them didn’t remember me. We had the opportunity to teach sharing time in two wards, so a total of four times because of Junior and Senior Primary, which I didn’t even know was a thing until I came out on my mission. Some of the little kids were so cute! Others were brats. You know, the usual mix. I feel like I have grown a lot in this last week alone. My companion had a meeting for preparing to go home on Saturday morning, so I just sat in the office with one of the APs and studied for a solid two hours. The funny thing is, I wish I would have had more time to read the scriptures. It felt like it flew by so fast! I would say that a miracle I saw this week was just the renewed excitement to learn a lot and get up early to exercise and all these other great things that will benefit me. It’s a miracle because it’s something that I really needed and have been praying for for a while. I hope everyone else is able to have their prayers answered, or at least that they are able to be the answer to someone else’s prayer!

Also, everyone go to www.mormon.org and check out the “Light the World” initiative that the church has started. It’s an amazing way to bring light into a world that so often gets shrouded in darkness. This email is an official invitation to everyone who receives it to light up someone else’s world through small acts of service throughout the month of December. The website has tons of ideas how to do so, and there are even more unwritten ways that we can serve others. I promise anyone that participates in it will have a brighter Christmas season and will feel more joy during this holiday season than they have in years past. Light the World, my friends!

Elder Ethan Orchard
“Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” Moroni 10:32

Only picture this week is of a sweet sunrise we saw this morning. Not just the sky, but everywhere else looked like the world had put a filter on itself.