Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello family and friends!

This letter won't be too long, so I am so sorry about that!

I am so grateful for all your support and letters and AH. I have an incredible support system and I for sure could not do it without ya'll.

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEARS. I can't believe 2015 is HERE. It's so crazy to think that 2015 is my mission year. This whole year is going to be dedicated to serving the Lord ;) I'm determined to make this a year to remember, so I am excited to see what this new year will bring. I hope you all make it a year to remember!

For New Years, we got together with the missionaries in our zone. We planned on playing Capture the Flag, but it was way too cold and dark, so we did games and stuff inside. It was nice to hang out with other missionaries, but the best part was... I GOT TO WEAR JEANS. I was happy about this because it was the first time on my mission. HA! It was actually pretty weird.

We have done a bit of teaching this week and we have found a couple of new people to teach. It was pretty exciting. Sister Lucas has been with us for about a week now because her companion went home. She is an incredible missionary and we've loved having her out with us!

Transfers are tomorrow! After this week, I will have officially been in Utah longer than Mexico. AH. WHAT IN THE WORLD. My companion and I are both staying in Roy, so here's to another 6 weeks here! This morning we had transfer breakfast with our zone. Last time meeting together as a zone! The plus side is that our district is basically staying the same :)

I watched a Mormon Message this week called The Will of God, based off a talk from Elder Christofferson, called "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten."
I also read the talk, but both are INCREDIBLE. I strongly suggest going and
watching the video
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr8xvw0cgw0 )
or reading the talk!
( https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/as-many-as-i-love-i-rebuke-and-chasten?lang=eng )

There's a scripture Elder Christofferson uses in his talk from the Book Of Mormon,

Mosiah 23: 21-22

"Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.

 Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day......"

LOVE THIS TALK & I know you can all get something from it.


Thank you for all you do!

Hermana Orchard

Icicle fighting!


(From back) Hermana Nava, Orchard and Lucas

(back)Elder Vincent, Alsterberg & Ambrose
Elder Knudson

Giving the companion a piggy back ride!

With Sisters Lucas, Sekona, and Kingsford

Sister training leader Kingsford and I

With Zone Leader Elder Salazar

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Caroling, Ice cream, good food and snow pics!


This week has been one of the BEST. Christmas was awesome and I really enjoyed skyping my family and spending the day with members from the branch. This year was the most I've focused on Christ, so that was nice! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and I CAN'T BELIEVE 2015 IS SO SOON. Can't wait to see what this new year brings!

We've had a pretty crazy week. We had lunch with our Zone and an activity Christmas Eve and it's always great hanging out with other missionaries. We've met up with other missionaries quite a bit this week. After our Zone party, we went Christmas caroling... AGAIN. I love Christmas caroling! We went out with Elders Alsterberg (District Leader) and Hansen and Hermanas Lucas and Calder. We had a blast visiting some of the people we teach :)

Christmas morning I woke up with a killer cold that I'm still fighting. We opened up presents from our family (thank you, family!) and I took a nap because I was feeling terrible (I ended up losing my voice the next day... thankfully I still had my voice while I skyped my family!). We skyped our families for a while and later on, I skyped again with Courtney! I miss my friends and family so much, so skyping them was definitely needed! :)

We had dinner with an awesome family and ate steak, ham, and shrimp! We honestly had no idea what to do after dinner because who wants us over on Christmas Day?! We got a message saying I had a package, so picking that up from our senior couple gave us something to do (Thank you Ruggieri's)!

We were so lucky to have a white Christmas! It didn't really snow until Christmas! We still have snow and IT IS SO STINKIN COLD. Holy cow. I do not like the cold weather, but I am so very grateful that we are in a driving area right now! Today is the coldest day since I have been here, so we haven't been outside too much. The walking missionaries have been told to find rides, so they wouldn't be outside too much. Pray that we'll stay warm and people will actually let us inside ;)

Sorry this letter is a little short and boring, but I love you all! I am unbelievably grateful for all your love and support!

Hermana Orchard

Christmas Lunch

Christmas PJ's from Mom and Dad

Farr's Icecream

In front of the Ogden Temple
Being silly!

Playing in the snow!

Out caroling

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Seeing old friends from the CCM and more



I hope you all have an outstanding Christmas! If you haven't already, go check out the He is the Gift video. We use it a lot, because it's so good. I've seen it probably a bajillion and one times, but I love it every time!

This week was pretty good. I appreciate the letters and cards that come in! I don't think you all realize how loved I feel when I get something! YOU'RE ALL AWESOME. People are also always giving us money or paying for our food. I appreciate that so much. One man walked up to us and handed us $4... it wasn't much, but it was so nice. There are good people in the world, that's for sure :)

Saturday morning we went to the Mission Office, where we met up with other Spanish speaking missionaries. We did a service project where we helped families go through a store to find gifts for their kids or even themselves. They need the Spanish missionaries to help those that did not speak English.... uh. PANIC. I don't know enough Spanish to help other families! However, both families I helped knew English. That was a relief. :)

We have been planning on taking a boy to the temple FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW. When the moment arrived, we got a text saying he left his temple recommend (which is NEEDED to get through the temple!) in his friend's car and his friend went to California! AH. We were totally bummed, but we will be making other plans SOON.

This past week we had the awesome opportunity to go CHRISTMAS CAROLING. We met up with quite a few people from our branch and visited a couple of people. We also had our branch Christmas party on Saturday. We have been inviting people for a couple of weeks now, but we were really hoping more people would show up. It was a little disappointing, but we still had a really good time.

Yesterday we had a conference for all the Spanish speaking missionaries! Definitely needed! I learned a lot and I thought it was a lot of fun. I saw Sister Ferguson (from the MTC) and that totally made my whole week.

FUNNY STORY. Every Friday, we have weekly planning. We went to the church building to plan and after doing some planning, we were talking about how our hands were pretty dry. We ran out to the car to get some lotion and as we did, I said, "Oh, I'm glad I left the car unlocked because I forgot the keys...." As I said that, Hermana Nava and I turn around and yell as we watch the door LOCK SHUT. I forgot the car keys... as well as the key to let us back in!!!! NOO. It was hilarious and frustrating, because we didn't have our iPads or our phone or anything. We found someone with a key, but it was such a funny situation.

It was definitely an interesting week.
I miss you all so very much! I am way too excited to Skype my family in a couple of days.
I wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas! Remember what CHRISTmas is all about :)
I love you! Praying for you!
Hermana Katherine Orchard

Jumping for..joy? 
Hermana Ferguson from the CCM!

Companion selfie

Young Women at the Branch Christmas Party

Hermana Winks and Hermana Ferguson with Hermana Orchard.. together again :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Missionary Christmas Party, and watching miracles take place!


If anyone tells you a mission is easy, they're lying. However, I kinda sorta love it. ;) I hit my two month mark yesterday and WOW. I can't believe it's been TWO MONTHS.

This week was a good week. It's getting closer to CHRISTMAS and I am stoked! At the beginning of this week, we had an awesome zone conference. The district leaders in our zones had the opportunity to go up and talk about why they came on a mission... And why they stayed. Something our district leader said was that he stayed on a mission because the cause is bigger than himself. Also that, "the mission is supposed to be hard, but it's supposed to be enriching" and "endure your missions cheerfully and happily." I love that! All three of their talks were amazing.

Powerful words coming from 18 or 19 year old guys.

One thing I know for sure is that miracles do happen and FASTING WORKS. Since last Sunday was fast Sunday, we fasted for two meals to find people to teach because we don't have very many. Let's just say, we've gotten a couple miracle phone calls from people that have a family member or that found someone that wants to be taught. There is a family in the english Ward and their daughter is dating a nonmember that wants to be taught in his native language-Spanish. We had our first lesson with him on Sunday and it went so well. I recited the first vision and asked him to be baptized! He said yes to baptism, but no to the date we invited him to be baptized on, but we will continue teaching him every Sunday.

We are also taking one of our less active members to the temple this Saturday! He will be able to do baptisms and WE ARE SO EXCITED. We will be going with him, so we are super happy. I love teaching him and I can't wait until Saturday.

Yesterday was such a great day. Why? MISSIONARY CHRISTMAS PARTY. We started the party off with a devotional sort of thing. We listened to a few of our leaders speak and a couple music numbers. My companion actually played her clarinet for everyone. After, we watch the animated version of the grinch, ate lunch and dessert (so.many.desserts.), and had the talent portion of our party. It was so awesome and I had a blast. It's always fun meeting other missionaries, too.

We also got our presents! YAY. I felt so loved seeing the packages and cards that came in for me. Besides the gifts from my family, I also got three packages from people I don't know. Many people donated Christmas gifts and there was a lot. It was so nice and I can't believe how generous some people are. One of my boxes includes 15 individually wrapped presents, so I'm saving those for Christmas. The other included food and candy and socks and gloves and gift cards! The last was a stocking full of treats and stuff I could really use.  Wow. It was insane. I wish they included their name so I could thank them.. I couldn't wait to open these gifts, but I am waiting until Christmas to open the rest. :p

It has been a great week. The language is still tough, but it's definitely better. I love the people we teach and their desire to learn more. I also love being a missionary, no matter how hard it can be.

I love you all!

Hermana Orchard

Big pile of presents!

VERY disappointed in Bob's Burgers :(

Jumping is the new thing...

and again...lol

of course one more.. :)

Kids in the mission!

After a member recieved her Patriarchial Blessing

Beautiful Utah skies, and a pretty missionary too!

Bumped into Hermana Winks from the CCM

Making Bunuelos and visiting Salt Lake City for Light of Nations

What a WEEK. I can honestly say it was 10x better than the first week out. The language is tough, but I was never expecting it to be easy!
Earlier this week, we visited with a less active. We made bunuelos (kinda tastes like a churro... Or so my comp says...) and the woman we visited kept joking about how I am "not American.." because, let's be honest, I'm a BEAST at rolling out tortillas. They were awesome and we took a bunch home. We are fed quite often- every night for dinner, so it's always nice to rely on that. Sometimes we are just given money to go out to eat.
Friday was a BLAST. We took an investigator to Salt Lake for Luz de Las Naciones (Light of the Nations). It's a Hispanic Cultural event and although I didn't understand all the words that were being sung, the songs were beautiful and the dancing was so interesting! I had a ton of fun and it's always nice to see the Salt Lake Temple, as well as the lights at Temple Square. Lulu (the person that took us to SLC) bought us dinner and hot chocolate, too! I saw Hermana Winks (from my district in the CCM), as well as the Mission President, his counselors, and their wives. One of the counselors calls me Hermana Huerta (Orchard en Espanol) and he's trying to get me to respond to it.
We have done A LOT of tracting (knocking on doors and finding people to teach) this week. We run into some.. Interesting people... Some people are so rude (yes, in UTAH. Haha just kidding) and so strange..
However, there are a ton of nice people. I'm meeting so many different kinds of people and I kinda sorta love it.  I learn a lot from them.
We don't have very many people we are teaching, so my companion is a bit stressed. I don't know anything different, so I'm okay for now. A couple of our investigators told us to stop coming, so that was heartbreaking. It's getting easier to understand the language... But Istill have a long way to go.  :)
There is a FABULOUS talk called His Grace is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox. I read it a couple months ago and I read it again yesterday and I love it.
Also, some of you may have seen, but I posted a video on Facebook called He is the Gift. It's a video the church released and I LOVE IT. We share it pretty often with a bunch of different people. It's so important to remember that Christmas isn't about the gifts... It's about Christ. If you haven't seen it, please go watch it.  ;)
I love you all! Sorry I don't have any pictures this week!
Have an AWESOME week,
Hermana Orchard

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

First week in Utah, Thanksgiving and Reindeer? :)

Hello family and friends!
I can honestly say this has been the hardest week of my life... Hopefully things get better this next week!
We landed in Salt Lake and we got a ton of "Welcome Homes." Also, as we walked in, there was a huge Welcome Home sign and balloons and it was so intense. They cheered so loud for us, even when it wasn't for us! I WASNT EVEN COMING HOME, but I could've cried haha.
We saw our ride holding the Utah Ogden Mission sign and we were off to the mission office. We had a few training meetings, which are pretty difficult when you're running on only a couple hours of sleep, an interview with the mission president, dinner, and a testimony meeting before heading to a members house to sleep. Hermana Ferguson and I stayed in the same home and we talked for a while before going to sleep and hour and a half earlier than usual (which was AWESOME).
After breakfast in the morning, we had a meeting and then our Trainer Reveal Meeting. These missionaries are crazy! It was intimidating how loud and insane they were as each missionary was assigned their trainers. I was originally assigned not one, but TWO trainers. However, there was an issue, so I switched and my new trainer was Hermana Nava. She has been out 13 months and is from California. We get along, so that's good.

We were also given our iPads! I'm a facebook mission, but I haven't posted yet because I'm STILL trying to clean it up. So annoying. However, I can't message anyone outside of my mission, but I can see posts from friends on facebook!

My first area consists of Roy.. West Haven.. And Hooper.  We are the only Spanish speaking missionaries this area, so we cover a lot. Attending the Spanish branch on Sunday was so weird! I couldn't understand a thing and it's so frustrating!

This week has been interesting. I've met a lot of new people, members and nonmembers. Our thanksgiving was spent with a really funny family. They are wonderful, as well as many of the people I have met. My trainer has pulled a couple pranks on me, but they're innocent and funny. We've actually had a couple lessons in English and I really enjoy them. When we teach in Spanish, I sit there and don't say much because I can't understand anything. I'm having a tough time with the language, as well as some other things so any extra prayers are insanely appreciated.
I love and miss you all. I pray for you all.

Hermana Orchard

Welcome Home from companion

Ogden, Utah Temple


Treats after a prank that went awry..lol

Thanksgiving! Looks like a great group of people to be with!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Angels among us :)

While at the Dallas airport during their layover (with Hermana's Winks and Ferguson, and Elder Mihu) a wonderful missionary mom came up to Kathy's table and talked to them for a few minutes, took their picture and said she'd email their picture to their parents. Her email I recieved a little bit ago follows. (LOVE awesome members who understand how we want to see our beautiful childrens faces!)

Hello Missionary Parents,
My name is Jenette. I had the privilege of meeting your 4 beautiful Missionaries this morning at the DFW Airport where I work. I am a Missionary Mom and have loved the pics that have been sent to me by members where our daughters are serving, so I had to snap a picture to send of your children. Our 4 children have served Missions and our two youngest daughters will be returning home in just a few weeks.
I want you to know that your son and daughters look great and are in very high spirits as they embark on this magnificent journey. Enjoy the pic, I will keep your Missionaries in my prayers.