Monday, May 23, 2016

One of the Coolest Days of My Life

Alright well this was a really difficult week for us!! we had all sorts of plans but nothing really happened.  Everything kind of just fell and we were pretty sad about it but we didn't let that stop us from working.  We had a really really rough week though!  WE had such high expectations but everything went south!  But that is okay this week we know is going to be better!
Tuesday we had interviews but I was super sick and so we didn't leave until the food.  Then we worked really hard and found some people that had some potential to progress.  We just kept going even though we both felt pretty sick!  However my interview with the Pres was super good! It was nice to see him again and be able to talk!  I sure miss not seeing him everyday! It is different that is for sure but we are out here working hard and loving every second of it!  

Wednesday we spent a lot of time out in the sun!  We did a nice service project in the morning and then we went out to the food! The sister forgot again so we waited there a little while.  Then we tried to find all the plans that we had made and we really didn't find anything!  Finally at night we went to an investigators house and she opened right up.  She told us all about the questions that she had for us and it was really good! I am really positive that she will be able to get baptized here in the next little bit!  Then we went with a less active in a house where we have a ton of people that are also potential investigators.  Things went good!  

Thursday we planned for the week and we were talking about what we could do to get better!  we have had tons of little things happening in the zone that we need to fix and it all starts with us!  So we did that.  then we went out to try and contact some people to try and get a new teaching pool.  the people that we have had have not been progressing!  We felt like we had a really slow week with everything.  we only found one new but we hope that her and her family can really progress.  

Friday was kind of our best day.  We planned really well and we had everything just kind of fall into place.  we went in the night and saw our investigator that had all the questions and she accepted a baptisimal date.  that was the first time she has accepted in two years.  we are hoping that we can be the lucky missionaries!  Well will be working hard because we fell like we have really gained her trust!..  It was a super cool lesson and we could definitely feel the spirit!  I am very grateful for the spirit especially as a missionary.  we couldn't do anything that we do without it!  There is just a difference between when you teach with it and when you teach without it!  There is a scripture I love that I will share at the end that talks a little bit about all that though!

Saturday was a day that I didn't teach but it was probably one of the coolest days of my life!  We went to the Sealing of the Family Macedo.  I was crying as I watched them kneel and get sealed for time and all eternity!  It was super super cool!  It was an experience that I will never forget.  



(I had a chance to correspond with Sergio and Lizzy via Facebook.  I wanted to share what they had to say.  I think Elder Orchard will want to remember this always.  It makes it easier to have your son gone when you get messages like these:))

Jenny Sproul Orchard I'm so glad Elder Orchard got to attend. He absolutely loves this family❤️ Sergio MacedoLizzy Lix, what a wonderful day­čśŐ­čĺť
Lizzy Lix Fue una gran sorpresa y una gran bendici├│n que Elder Orchard llegara a nuestro sellamiento, ├ęl es muy especial para nosotros, jam├ís le olvidaremos, realmente lo extra├▒amos por ya no tenerlo en nuestro barrio, tiene un pedacito de nuestro coraz├│n. Saludos y besos a ustedes hermanos.
It was a great surprise and a great blessing that elder orchard came to our sealing, he is very special for us, I will never forget him, I really miss you around I don't have it in our neighborhood, has a little bit of our heart. Greetings and kisses to you brothers.Automatically Translated
Sergio Macedo Gracias hermana Jenny Sproul Orchard!!! Nosotros estamos muy felices y agradecidos de conocer a su hijo, ├ęl es un gran misionero lleno de amor y dedicaci├│n, y lleva el apellido "Orchard" con mucho honor, nos ha ayudado a cambiar nuestra vida y nuestro sellamiento es fruto de su trabajo. Gracias por su hijo, le amamos!!!
Thanks Sister Jenny Sproul Orchard!!! We are very happy and grateful to meet your son, he is a great missionary full of love and dedication, and carries the last name "Orchard" with much honor, has helped us to change our life and Our sealing is the result of his work. Thank you for your son, we love you!!!


Thanks to you, great missionaries of the church of Jesus Christ of the saints of the last few days for your love, dedication, sacrifice and perseverance in the missionary work. Thank you because your work paid off, thanks to your effort and love to our family is that we have had such a great blessing. We'll remember you and eternally grateful for.
"how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith to Sion: Thy God reigneth"...Sergio Macedo

It was so nice to see everyone from that ward again!  The good news is everyone said that I was so skinny so I guess all the little weight I had gained is slowly going away! I am going to take my pants to someone to bring them in since they are kind of big now.

Well i was going to share the scripture but the computer is so terrible slow that I don't think I will put it! It is found in second nefi chapter 33 verses 1 and 2.  it explains a little bit about what the spirit will do in our lessons if we have it and how it can help us!

 And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am I mighty in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.
 But behold, there are many that harden their hearts against the Holy Spirit, that it hath no place in them; wherefore, they cast many things away which are written and esteem them as things of naught.
I love you all have an amazing week!

love

elder orchard

Reunited with the Nebekers and Elder Olson.  Brazilian BBQ.  Thank you for the picture Sister Nebeker:)

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