Monday, September 25, 2017

Focused on Missionary Work...

Hey, this week went well! Veronica and her family came to church and is progressing well toward her date.  The  bishop came on splits with us and we had a great time with him, he is very focused on missionary work and improving it, which is awesome to see.  Since this is a military ward there are tons of prospective elders who their parents transfer their records in but they don't want to come to church. Like 226 of them, so we are working on contacting them and getting them active then baptizing their friends; that's our goal. We are going to the beach for p-day today and going to the flight deck for Lejeune so that will be a good time! I will send pics love y'all!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I Love Jacksonville...

Hey Fam!

This week was great I love Jacksonville.  It's a military town so there are lots of young marines here that we teach, My companion is Elder Baird, he is from Fremont, Utah, he loves basketball and is a sporty guy overall. We've served around each other before and we get along great he is a solid missionary. We had a killer week this last week found lots of solid people; the ones we put on date are, Veronica and Bruce. Veronica's husband is a convert but lost touch with the church two years ago, we found them street contacting, she will be getting baptized on October 13th, her husbands birthday. When went to teach them the second time their uncle was there and we challenged him to be baptized the same day. I will let you know about everyone else as they progress. There are lots of part member families that we will be working with as well.

We have a pretty big district, two senior couples, the Browns and the Scotts, Elder Hancock (who was my comp in the chapel Hill area when we found Al), and Elder Larsen who are in Wallace.  Other Elders are Fraughton and Whitmer.  The Sisters are Sisters Smith, George, Weaver and Coburn.

Love y'all and hope things are going well.

Elder Shields

Elder Baird and Elder Shields

Classic North Carolina donk car...They are everywhere here

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Al got baptized...

Well, this was another great week, I have tons of pictures for y'all to make up for the lack of pictures I've sent.  Do y'all remember Al, way back in the Chapel Hill days?  He just got Baptized!  There is a picture attached with the current missionaries who baptized him up in Chapel Hill.  Also some investigators we found in Fuquary and taught a bit, but referred over the the Spanish missionaries will be getting baptized this coming week so, over all, things have been going super well.  I'm getting transferred to Jacksonville 2nd Ward and I am so excited, I will be moving from ZL to DL, but I'm so excited for this assignment.  President told me Jacksonville used to be the highest baptizing district in the mission and it hit the poops recently, but he asked me to put it back on top, so I am really excited for this opportunity.  This will be my last area and it will be a great place to die.

Love y'all and hope things are well at home!

Hey Mom,

Things have been going super well, I sent out the group email, but to answer some of your questions, being ZL was great, it was so awesome to boast a bit about the Tri Lake Zone.  While we were there we moved from last place in baptisms to second.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Last Night in Fuquay-Varina...

"We said goodbye to Elder Shields last night.  So sad!!!  He's an awesome missionary and we will miss him!  We wish him the best with his next area on his mission.
-J Olsen

Jake and the Olsen's

Last night in Fuquay-Varina

Monday, September 4, 2017

Stacy Got Baptized...

Hey Mom!

This last week was great!  Stacy down in Sanford got baptized, I have a picture of her and her son.  It was a sweet experience and her father was able to come as well.

It's crazy to think that Matt is in California, and once he is done with training I will be almost ready to go home.  Do we have any details on his new comp?  Where he is from, how long he has been out etc.?  And I remember Temecula, Dad and I went and watched Enders Game down there together!

Hope things go well with the house hunting.  For P-day we went to Raven Rock State Park, and it was super fun.  One of the best P-day activities.  I will send some pics.  Love ya!

Stacy's Baptism

Monday, August 28, 2017

Zone Conference this week...

Hey Mom!

This week was good and we did have a Zone Conference this week and Mission Leadership Council, so we were doing some preparing for that.  Zone Conference went well, we instructed on using the Book of Mormon in conversion and drew on the talks "What Think Ye of the Book of Mormon?", "Safety for the Soul", and Hugh Nibley's parable about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.  The central message was that you cannot testify with converting power unless you yourself have been converted by the Book of Mormon.  It went well.  Things have been going very well.

Love Y'all!

Father and Son reunited at the baseball field

Monday, August 21, 2017

Full of Exchanges...

Hey Mom,

This week was good and full of exchanges and all of that stuff.  Things have been going alright in Fuquay, still working a lot with the members and tracting.  Not much new to report, but we do have a Zone Conference coming up this weekend which will be good.  I'll let  you know how it goes!

Love ya!