Monday, December 4, 2017


Wow, these last two years have flown by! Crazy to think I will be home so soon. I've learned so much over the past few years and I've learned there is a lot that I don't know. Some things I have come to know is that there is a God In Heaven, he is our Father, we are his children. He sent us to earth to continue on our path of progression to ultimately become like him. Jesus Christ is his first born in the spirit and only begotten in the flesh. He is our Savior, the author and finisher of our faith and put all of the terms and conditions of our Fathers plan into effect. Our quest is to gain his mind, and to do the things he wants done. He set up and established his church, which for a time fell away but has once again been restored. The authority to act in the name of God and perform the sacred ordinances required for our exaltation are here, and nowhere else. The Book of Mormon is the word of God the most correct book of any other book. I'm so grateful for this miracle I have been able to experience. I will be for ever changed by it!

See you soon!

(except for you Matt, we still got awhile)

-Elder Shields

Rest in peace, Elder Shields

Monday, November 27, 2017

A Steak Sounds Good...

So I looked up the Larsons, that family that is related to the family in Matt's mission, and they are in the Hampstead Ward, but the base he is on is in Jacksonville.  For the last pizza delivery, let's do Friday night, and send please enough for the J3 elders as well we all live in the same complex and chill with them a lot. Food for my first night home, lets go with steaks and one of those money salads you put together, and honestly as far as other food goes... lite dishes will be good, I can go without greasy fried food for a while. Salmon would be good apricot chicken would be good, turkey burgers would be good too.  See ya soon!

Elder Shields

Monday, November 20, 2017



Yeah,  I just really don't like emailing anymore that is why they are so short.  For Thanksgiving we are going to do some weekly planning, have dinner with some families and then go do some Black Friday stuff.  I guess it is starting early on Thursday, (Why call it black Friday when it really starts on Thursday?) but we are going to the mall to store contact and maybe find some killer deals on ties and stuff.  And, I would love to help out at one of the food stations at Spencer's reception.

Love y'all!!

Elder Hiedrick and Me

Monday, November 13, 2017

Trying to Finish Strong...

Things have been gong well here just trying to finish strong.  Crazy that Spencer will be getting married here pretty soon remind me when the wedding is?  Super excited to see y'all!

Love ya!

Elder Nmesirionye and Me

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Plane ticket has been secured!!!

Leaves Raleigh at 8:32 am and Arrives in Minneapolis at 10:44 am
Leaves Minneapolis at 11:15 am and

Monday, November 6, 2017

Home in One Month!

Sorry to hear you're sick, hope you get feeling well. Our week here was good we found a family and they should be coming to church this week, Elder Heidrick is doing good as well, I will get a picture sent soon. Stoked to be coming home in a month love ya!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I'm a Grandpa!


Things have been going well here in Jacksonville, we have a few people in the works who will hopefully be baptized this transfer, a kid named Payton who Elder Baird and I started teaching, he's the boyfriend of one of the members. We're going to one of his playoff soccer games tomorrow which should be fun, hopefully we can meet some people there. Also Riley, that should be happening, all we need to do is get the parents to set up the baptism for the Bishop and it should be good to go. Elder Heidrick is doing well. He's a convert to the church and his family doesn't support him being out here so thats rough. He's a good guy.

Love Y'all!

I'm a Grandpa...Elder Tyler is training!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Last Transfer...

Alright so more details on the robbery, they were biking home in a decent neighborhood and a man runs them of the road, gets out of the car with a gun and takes Elder Fraughtons wallet and their phone. They came to our place to use our phone and call the cops.  They sleep over because the police need to be able to call us back. They call us back at 2am.  Elder Fraughton and his companion then left to go identify the guy and he gets caught and everyone got there stuff back, except for the phone.

Transfer news I will be staying in Jacksonville and Elder Hiedrick will be coming with me. Elder Baird will be in the Wilmington 1st ward so he's not going to far.  He's going zone leader as well so he will be my zone leader which should be fun. Our zone leaders are Elder Mcconkie and Baird; I've been comps with both so it will be a good time!

Yes, please sign me up for winter semester; general classes with aviation stuff. I got the package and the cookies were clutch!

Love y'all!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Veronica's Baptism...

Things are still goin' well over here. we had a supa elect person we found on base and he is getting transferred to California so that was disappointing, but we passed on the referral to the elders in Cali and they should get an easy baptism from it.  He isn't going to Camp Pendleton in Matt's mission, it is the Redland Mission.

Haha fun story, the j3 elders got robbed at gunpoint so we had to help them get police reports and such figured out and they had to go identify the guy in the middle of the night. It was pretty crazy.

Here are some of the pics from the baptism; turns out Friday the 13th is lucky after all! We had a nice service.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Military Base Sacrament Services...

Hey Fam!

Friday the 13th veronica will be getting baptized! We're excited for it.

We go to the military base and do sacrament services there on Sundays, there were some nonmembers who came who are really interested so we have started teaching them. We've been having lots of success working with the part memeber families around here.  The sound lead to more baptisms in the future!

Love yall!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ospreys and Cobras...

Hey Fam,

This week went well, went on exchange with President James and had a grand ole time. Not much new this week, continuing to find and Veronica should be good for her baptism on the 13th. We should hopefully be getting more people on date soon. Here are some pics of us on the flight line. We also got to get in Ospreys and Cobras!

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!

Classic North Carolina done car...they are everywhere here.

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

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!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Calendar for Matt...

Our family has a tradition of sending a complete two-year calendar with each missionary that goes out.  For Matt's calendar, we asked Jake to fill in each day for the month of December 2017.  His letter for this week was simply what he wanted his page for Matt to be.  I didn't know this but apparently, this year, December has 32 days! haha

December 2017
1.  A Scripture a day keeps the Devil Away
2.  Luke 14:20
3.  Alma 17:2-3
4.  Song of Solomon 7:3
5.  D&c 35:13-14
7.  1 Corinthians 13:1-3
8.  Omni 1:26
9.  D&C 138:55-57
10. 1 Kings 19:11-12
11. Craig's Birthday
12. 2 Kings 6:15-17
13. 2 Kings 2:23-24
14. Jacob 1:19
15. Revelation 22:18-19
16. James 2:17-26
17. Be sure your staying In Shape
18. Get into a Bible bash today!
19. Moses 6:59
20. Obedience
21. Sacrifice
22. Consecration
23. Helaman 10:3-5
24. Zechariah 2:6
25. You call home tomorrow!
26. Christmas Day! 
27. Blah Blah Just come to church
28. Have the most epic P-day 
29. Hebrews 11
30. Abraham 3:21-28
31. Be sure you Have D&C 4 Memorized!
32. New Years Eve

Monday, August 7, 2017

Questions, Questions...

Investigator update:
How is Maddie progressing?
She is doing well we have a lesson this week with her member friends who live in the Beaver Creek ward near Apex.

How is Andrew progressing?
PPPPTTTBBBBBHHTTTT!!! Sorry that was undignified anyways he wants to progress at his own pace so he no longer wants to meet with us, we're going to stick some of his member friends on him though. 

How did "finding" go this week?
Great we have a few solid people we found, Darrel is a minister, we confounded him is his ways and we will be seeing him again on Thursday. 

Tell us all about Elder Hawks "departure"...
Good, nothing out of the ordinary happened we worked right up until he left and we said good bye at transfers.

How are things going with Elder McConkie?
Great he is the man!

Where is he from?
Southern California, Rancho Santa Margirita is the name of his town.

What kind of things does he like to do?
He loves basket ball, ping pong, beach and Risk

How long has he been out?

Tell us about your experience being a zone leader, how are you liking it etc:
I like it, its a good change of pace and different responsibilities you get to know a lot more people as well which is nice, best thing about it though is you always have a solid companion.

Is there anything you need?

How often are you invited over for dinner?
5-6 times a week
Jake and his comp, Elder McConkie

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Companion...

It's transfer day!  Elder Shields' new comp is Elder McConkie.  So thankful for them both.
-J Olsen

Elder Shields and McConkie Fuquay-Varina ZL's

Monday, July 31, 2017

Elder Hawks Goes Home...

Elder Hawks goes home tomorrow.  As far as how things have been gong here, we have an investigator named Maddie.   She's in her thirties, we found her tracting, she is friends with a lot of Mormons in Apex.  She's probably our most solid investigator,  We have yet to meet her husband, but we met all of her kids.  They're a great family.

Andrew, he is a king and ruler...owns several businesses; he asked a Mormon friend for a blessing and he invited us to come and give the blessing.  We talked about the priesthood and what gave us the authority to do this and invited him to take the discussions and he accepted.  My new comp will be Elder McKonkie, yes he is related to Bruce.  He's awesome and I'm super excited to be with him.

Love ya!
Elder Shields


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dinner with the Olsen's...

Had these fine young men over for dinner.  They are awesome missionaries!  We love them!  So glad they're in our ward!
-J Olsen

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Solid People...

Hey Mom,

Things here have been well, we weren't left with a whole lot to go on in the area we came in, but things are starting to pick up, we've really hit the members hard with how they can invite their friends.  Fuquay has some wealthier areas so tracting is less effective, but we've found some really solid people on our own efforts and from members so things have been going well.  Elder Hawks isn't too trunk either so that will be good!

Love ya!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Baptism went through...

Hey Mom,

The baptism went through, it was a great experience, the ward helped out a ton which was great.  Usually they leave most up to the missionaries, but they are actually on top of things which is nice.  Here is a picture, there should be more on the way.  We had tons of exchanges this week and we have a bunch next week as well.  Exchanges for days!  That's what we do.

Love ya!

Jennifer's Baptism

Monday, July 3, 2017

Church is true, book is blue...

Hey Mom!

Things this week have gone well, Jennifer's baptism will be this Saturday at 3pm.  We have the form and everything so it will be a go.  We found a family this week, The Barfield family and we will be going back to teach them this Thursday.  There are several others we have found as well.  The church is true, the book is blue!

Love ya!

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Area...

Tell me about Fuquay Varina: 
Ward is big, a bit nicer area than sanford, very effective ward mission which is great!

Tell me about your new apartment: T
he nicest one i have had on the mission so far. Two bathrooms!

What is your new address? 
620 quail hill st, fuquay-varina 27526

Tell me about being a Zone Leader: 
Lots of exchanges, we prepare zone conferences and trainings help a lot with struggling missionaries

Tell me about Elder Hawks: 
He is a super great missionary so lucky to be serving with him, we area both new to the ward so this will be exciting, they dont white wash zl's hardly ever.
  • How are you getting along Great
  • Where is he from? Syracuse utah
  • How long has he been out? 23 months
  • What kinds of things does he like to do? Cars, and out doors stuff
Tell me about the ward that you are in: 
Really big

Does Fuquay Varina do a good job of taking care of the missionaries? 
YES the olsons are great!

What does your teaching pool look like? 
not good, elder hawks and i have some finding to do, we do have one investigator whos great but that seems to be the only thing going on. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tri-Lakes Area ZL's

It's transfer day and we are excited to have Elder Shields and Elder Hawks in the Fuquay-Varina ward! :)
-J Olsen

The new Tri-Lakes Area Zone Leaders

Monday, June 19, 2017

Zone Leader...

So Transfers!

Crazy things are going down.  There were seven zones, but due to a loss of missionaries in the mission they are down sizing to 5 zones, mix-matching and making new ones.  President asked if Elder Hawks and I would be the zone leaders over one of the new zones they are creating.  it will be a fun new experience.  New area is Fuquay-Varina, Tri-Lake Zone!  More information next week!

Love Y'all

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Zoo in Sanford...

Hey Mom,

So it works out, we changed our p-day today.  There was a zoo in Sanford that we wanted to to to as a district, but it isn't opened on Monday so we got permission to change our p-day to today wo we could go.  We just got back and it's a nice little zoo, nothing spectacular, but it was fun to of and see.  They had a giraffe you could feed.  I put a carrot in my mouth and the giraffe ate it our of my mouth.  It was fun.  And, for my birthday, haha, I don't know if its too late for requests or anything, but there is a board game called King of Tokyo that I played out here on a p-day and it's super fun, it would be a good p-day activity.  This week was good, Derek and Scott came to Church.  Transfers are coming up this week, we get the news on Saturday.  I'm 90% sure I'm leaving, but we will see!

Love ya mom, thanks for all you do!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Miracle this week...

Hey Mom,

We have to go to Fayetteville today so I don't have a lot of time, again pics today, sorry.  Derricks baptism didn't go through , I will keep you posted on how he's doing.  But we did have a miracle this week.  There was someone that Elder Qaio and I contacted two months ago, it was just your usual door contact.  We invited her to church and gave her a card but she wasn't interested in speaking to us, but she randomly showed up at church yesterday and wants to learn more.  The never happens, but we are so grateful it did!

Love Y'all!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Church computer virus...

Hey so no pictures today, the library is closed and there is a virus on the church computer which will destroy all cameras, no joke.  Many learned the hard way.  So the baptism may be pushed back, we will find out later today, hopefully it will go through.  Elder Arveseth and i get along, he's different from me but we get along together.

Elder Shields

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stake Conference this week...

Oh well, no pictures today.  We haven't gotten the charger yet, sorry.  We had stake conference this week in Fayetteville which was great, but since it's so far away nobody was able to come to church.  Derek will be getting baptized on June 3rd, so that is exciting, we will just need to keep working with his brothers and everything.  One thing that has been frustrating though is the ward isn't receiving them as well as they should, and the ward counsel never meets so it's been difficult to properly address the situation.  Our other investigators are doing good as well.  Richard is on date for baptism on the 17th and Tracy is continuing to progress as well.  I don't know what type of calling I will receive in the future, but thanks to many of the good (and bad) examples) I have seen I know how I would want to go about doing them.  And that made me chuckle when you told me it took an army to keep Grandma Shields down!  Glad to hear things are going well and that is a bummer about Matt's foot.  How long will he be wearing the boot?

Love Y'all and hope things go well!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Post Mother's Day...

Hey Mom!

So good seeing y'all yesterday, I never know what to say after Skype calls, because I already said most of it yesterday, but know that I love y'all and the letter will be on it's way!

Love ya!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cameron Baptism and Transfers...

So transfers, I will be staying and Elder Qiao will be heading out, don't know who will be coming, but I will have  a new companion tomorrow.  This week has been pretty good, Darrel came to church. Derek wasn't able to make it but we will be seeing them again next week.  Our other investigators are doing well.  I will be able to give you a more detailed thing next week.  But, I do have some pictures to send, just one moment!

Elder Bush, Pat, His Wife, Cameron,
His Grandpa and Elder Baird

Full district minus the sisters,
but we drew them in so it's OK.

The full district