MAIL FOR ELDER NICELER:

Address:
Elder Peter Henry Niceler
California Rancho Cucamonga Mission
6541 Woodruff Place
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

Email: pniceler@myldsmail.net

Week 28 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

December 15, 2014

Well, another rough week, filled with challenges.  Every single appointment seemed to fall through.  Our backups even seemed to fall through.  We were absolutely lost as to how to fill our time.

We did start a workout routine that by the end we'll be able to do hand stand push ups, a push up with only your hands touching the ground, and last a one hand push up.

Elder Tate got sick and we ended up missing church.  He asked me to give him a blessing and I healed him and we were able to go and teach an investigator and we ended up having a super good lesson.  While talking to him we found out our prayers for him had been answered.  Our first lesson with him he was hung over from drinking two quarts of whiskey and because of that our first lesson was cut short.  We came to find out that he'd recovered really well and that he had no desire to drink, which really surprised him.  He's doing really good.

Other than that our week was pretty pathetic .   I can't wait to talk to you guys next week.   I can't believe that I'm about to be 7 months out, and that Christmas is next week!!!!!!!!!

We have a little Christmas tree that I'm gonna take picture of and send it to you.  We bought some Christmas decorations for it.

I love y'all so much.  You are always in my prayers.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler




Me & Santa
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!




My Zone Leaders
(above right is one and below right is the other one, the other elders pictured are in my zone)







My Zone
Apple Valley, CA









            Me



              
             &





   My Companion,
       Elder Tate


  
   Look at our Ties
     Ho! Ho! Ho!
  Merry Christmas!












Here's a picture of me & Elder Tate taken at Bishop Haywood's house after we'd had dinner with them.  Sister Haywood sent this picture and a similar one of me & Santa to my mom recently.  They're always very thoughtful!  We love them!



Week 27 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

December 8, 2014


Hey!

Well, this last week definitely wasn't my best week.  It was chalked full of trials and just hard times.  Both my companion and I had the hardest time waking up and doing studies and we had a hard time being able to see our investigators.  We had to drop one because he went to jail.  And dropped another one because things just weren't playing out right.  I gave Elder Tate two blessings and one I healed his headache that he had.  He wakes up every morning and has a migraine. To add on top of that he will usually get another one during the day.  

We were able to find two new investigators and with one we had a pretty cool experience.   Elder Tate and I walked out of a house after having dinner and the same thought popped into both of our heads. We both didn't say anything, so we continued our walk back to our place.  About halfway there Elder Tate stops and says, "We need to go and see Christina Reeves."  So, me knowing that I had ignored a prompting from the spirit, agreed and we turned around and walked to her house.  Once we got there we knocked on the door and she happened to be home.  The most surprising thing was she normally isn't home on that day till later because she works that day.  We talked with her for a bit and then set up a return appointment and gave her a "He is the Gift" card.  We both were a little frustrated with ourselves because we both ignored a prompting.  But, we were extremely grateful that we got the prompting again and that we were able to meet with Christina. 

I'm listening to Elder Tate play the piano right now.  He's super good at playing the piano.  So, every night, after planning, he'll play the piano and sing.  I love Elder Tate!  He's super awesome!  So far this transfer I've given Elder Tate 5 priesthood blessings and he has given me 2.  We've also been blessed to give a bunch of priesthood blessings to members in our ward.  Priesthood Blessings truly work!  You can always ask for one.

We got to go and do service at a Squash Farm where they grow all kinds of vegetables.  I got the worst job.  I had to pull a cart around as one of the staff members sprayed the plants.  After that, we went home and got dressed and then my zone and another zone sang at the Apple Valley Christmas Tree Lighting.  We did pretty good.  We got to see the tree that they were going to light and ummmm...  Man, it was terrible.  It looked nothing like a Christmas Tree.


It's going to be an awesome week!

Remember that going to church is never a bad thing.  One thing I've learned on my mission is that church is where we go to prepare to make covenants and to keep the covenants we've made.  The Lord loves you!  We are given trials because they are what help us reach our potential.  Heavenly Father gives them to us because they're what will help us become like Him.

Well, I hope all of you are having an amazing week. Keep up the good work.  Tell everyone hi and that I love them!



Love,

Elder Niceler

P.S.  I will definitely have pictures next week I forgot the cord that allows me to download the pictures to the computer

Week 26 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

December 1, 2014

We went to the appointment we'd made with the gentleman I told you about last week.  The one we met selling clothes on the street.  We tried to have a lesson with him, but, he started telling us a crazy story and we weren't able to really teach him.  He's crazy.  He didn't come to church like he said he would.  We'll have to see if we should continue trying to teach him.  Right now, we're thinking of dropping him.

I missed being able to see everyone this year for Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving was good.  We were invited to several members' homes.  We ate at two different houses and they were both really good dinners.  My companion and I both had a hard time finishing the second meal, even though it was super good.  We were at one of our favorite ward family's homes, the Haywood's.  Sister Haywood had her youngest brother just return home, Tuesday, from serving his mission in Sweden.  So, we got to talk with him for a bit.  He was a super awesome missionary!



Love,

Elder Niceler

Week 25 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

November 24, 2014

Well, my first week in my new area was pretty good.  There's a ton of work to do here.  It's great!  My companion and I were really feeling the spirit strongly, during our weekly planning, and we set some really crazy, high goals.

Right now we have 17 referrals (names of people, given to them, who are interested in learning more about the gospel).  We found four new investigators and they are all super awesome.  One of them really messed up his knee while playing basketball with us and we gave him a blessing and healed his knee.  We talked to him yesterday and he told us that it was just a little sore.  But it was super awesome seeing the power of the priesthood work in healing him.  

Besides that our week was packed full of teaching people.  We did a pretty good amount of service and we were able to find someone that is going to be a new investigator this week.  

We also had an awesome experience yesterday(Nov. 23rd).  During our daily planning session, Elder Tate felt a strong impression that there was a person that was ready to hear about the gospel.  We were having a super bad day, we'd talked to a few people and none of them were interested.  So, we decided to go to a Less Active's house and on the way there was this guy selling some clothes.  So, we walked up to him and we said we can't buy anything from you because it's the Sabbath, but, we'll give you five bucks.  He told us no thanks.  He then told us that he'd been meaning to come to our church.  He went on to tell us that he wanted God back in his life.  We told him that we can help you with that.  We then talked to him about how God is our loving Heavenly Father and about baptism.  He told us he wanted to get baptized, so we then decided to set a baptismal date with him for December 20th.  We then explained to him what had to happen in order for him to get baptized and then we set up a return appointment (note:  this was all on the side of the road).  Us meeting that guy showed us that God was still there.

Oh yeah!  The church is going to start this initiative called "He is the Gift" for the Christmas season.  The church has paid to have the headboard on YouTube right now, and they've paid to have some billboards on Times Square, NY.  There are pass along cards that go along with the initiative.  We have to pass out at least 10 per day.  There'll be 9 pass along cards in the December Ensign (a periodical published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) issue for members to use.  You should watch the video, "He is the Gift"   Also search #ShareTheGift.  You can see how others are sharing the gift and watch many more inspiring, positive, & uplifting short videos.

Love,

Elder Niceler

Week 24 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

November 17, 2014

Transfer time has come again and I got transferred to Apple Valley, which is probably 25-30 minutes away from my last area, Hesperia.  First, I had to go to the Mission Office in Rancho Cucamonga where I met my new companion, Elder Tate.  Then, we travelled to our area in Apple Valley.  It's a little weird, but, I'm excited for the future and for things to come.  My companion Elder Tate seems pretty cool so far.  He's super awesome!  Elder Tate has been out for a year now and he is from San Antonio, Texas.  He played basketball in High School.  Last year his team went on to state and during that game Elder Tate had to guard one of the Harrison brothers (the guys who play for Kentucky).  He had an amazing game.  He scored 36 points, got 12 rebounds, and had a couple of steals!  He told me that he was being recruited by a bunch of really good colleges like Duke, UConn, & Georgetown to name a few.  He was going to goto Duke, but, they wouldn't let him defer because he was going on a mission.  So, he walked onto the BYU Team and was on their practice team before leaving to serve a mission.  He'll be playing for BYU after he returns from his mission.  He's a super awesome basketball player!

I feel a little shaken up and homesick after this transfer.  But, I'm doing great!  I already really miss my first Ward, but, overall I'm super excited for this transfer.

I got the package the Young Women (from my home Ward -- in each local congregation of the LDS Church, all females ages 12 to 17 are members of the Young Women.) sent.  It was awesome!  Yeah, so, when I received the package my first thought was please don't be candy and it was candy.   Then, I was reading through all of the letters and was excited to read Emma's and I got to hers and it said "email to come."  That was disappointing.  See the pictures below for my reaction.  

This last week was pretty crazy.  Elder Golden came and talked to our mission and it was pretty good.  It really made things super crazy for our week.  When Elder Golden spoke to us he took three hours.  It was super long and I got super hungry during the first part and felt like  I was going to die.  After the first part we had lunch and they ran out of food so we had to wait for them to go and get more.  After lunch Elder Golden spoke to us for a little longer and then we went back to our apartment and we had more lunch because we were hungry and then we went and visited some people.  

This transfer was crazy, we got calls saying that I was leaving and Elder Wurst was staying on Saturday.  So, we were feeling good about that.  Then, on Sunday President Hobbs called us and he'd decided to make Elder Wurst a Zone Leader and that he'd be getting transferred.  President Hobbs changed all of the Zone Leader companionships except for one.  Out of the 11 Zones 10 of them were changed.  He moved all of the Senior Companions down to District Leaders and then he called a bunch of new Zone Leaders.  

Well I'm super excited for this new transfer and for the things to come.  Thanks for all the prayers.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler




Package from the Young Women in my home Ward.




Saying goodbye as we prepare for our transfers. 

Week 23 -- 1st Area -- 2nd Companion -- Hesperia, CA

November 10, 2014

I can't believe that it is almost time for transfers!!!! It's just a little startling! Transfers will be next Monday, so, transfer calls will be given sometime this week.  I have a feeling I'm going to be getting transferred.

Well, this last week was pretty good.  We were able to meet with Ally and she is doing super good!  She's been reading her scriptures and seems to really like having us teach her.  We were able to also see Christian and Noah which was good.  We're still working on getting them to want to get baptized.  We aren't going to be able to see the Hall family for awhile.  Brother Hall had surgery and his entire small intestine was removed.  So, he is going to be recovering from that for awhile.

I went on exchanges(when you switch companions for 24 hours) with Elder Olsen (one of my Zone Leaders).  We were in my area and we went and visited with some Less Actives and Recent Converts.  Then, we went and contacted some potential investigators.  We were able to set up a return appointment with one of them.  We then went tracting and we met a family that said that they would be interested in hearing the message we have to share.  So, we set up a return appointment with them for Wednesday at 10am.

We did some service this week at the Hesperia Zoo.  I took a ton of pics!

Three great videos you should watch together in this order: (all can be found at mormonchannel.org under Mormon Messages, but, I'll try to put the links to each video here.  Just click on the title.)

1.  Mountains to Climb

2.  The Will of God

3.  Good Things to Come

Overall the week was super good.  I want you to know that I do feel your prayers, love, support, and faith for me and I appreciate it!  I love all of you so very much!!!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler


HESPERIA ZOO PICTURES




This is the African Lion named Truman.
Truman was used as the basis of the artwork for Aslan in all of the "Chronicles of Narnia" movies.






















Cool Old Coin
(We got to hold it!)


This is a 1853 coin that a member in our ward has.  It was super awesome being able to hold it!


Week 22 -- 1st Area -- 2nd Companion -- Hesperia, CA

November 3, 2014


Hey, Mom!

That's awesome that you all went to see "Meet the Mormons."  My favorite stories were "Missionary Mom" and "Candy Bomber."  Meet the Mormons did really well!  It was really close to being in the top ten!  It made over $3 million in the first three days!

Ally is doing good.  We were unable to see her last week.  Her schedule for work changes all the time and she was super busy.  We have an appointment with her tomorrow.

We might be getting a new investigator tomorrow.  Our Zone Leaders met this guy in a store and told him they'd go visit him.  They told my companion and I that they are giving him to us.  So, he could be our new investigator.

I got the Halloween pictures you sent.  The pic of Eli and Emma is hilarious!  Eli is so big now!

I gotta go.  I love you very much!

Love,

Elder Niceler

Week 21 -- 1st Area -- 2nd Companion -- Hesperia, CA

October 27, 2014

Our investigators are doing good.  It has been a struggle getting the Hall family to come to church, as well as the Scott Family.  

Ally is doing really good, she's reading and praying.  She has an amazing desire to learn and live the gospel!  

I've been good.  I felt really sick on Saturday, but, I think it was because I had a really big lunch.

If you haven't already, you should totally go see "Meet the Mormons."  They showed it to all the missionaries right before it came out.  It is such a good movie!  

One thing you should do is to read The Book of Mormon, it brings so much peace and comfort into my life.  I know it will for you too.  

You can always ask Heavenly Father for help.  He wants to help everyone.  Remember that the sacrament is there to help us.  Make sure you're properly asking for forgiveness of sins you've committed.  Study the scriptures, they will help you tremendously!  Make sure you pray every morning and every night.  You will be blessed for doing it!  I love you so much!

Love,

Elder Niceler


Here are some pics of me and three other missionaries that came out with me.  
Elder Coburn on my left was in my district in the MTC.
The two sisters were in another district.  We are all in the same zone right now.




Week 20 -- 1st Area -- 2nd Companion -- Hesperia, CA

October 20, 2014


This last week was pretty good, we had a good amount of people cancel on us and we ended up dropping in on a lot of people.  

We got a new investigator.  She is super awesome.  Her name is Ally.  She's the girlfriend of a less active member in our Ward who is 19 years old.  Ally is probably around the same age or close.  She is a big reason why he's started going back to church.  Ally seems really interested in learning about what we believe in.  We've taught her the first lesson (The Restoration) and we'll be following up with her tomorrow about how her reading (of The Book of Mormon) is coming and how her praying is going.  She is super good at making Sushi.  We ate dinner with her boyfriend's family, who we've also been working with to get them going back to church.  And, we had sushi.  It was pretty good, but, I don't know if it's something I'll eat for a snack or for fun.  

Everything else is pretty good.  I'm doing great!  I haven't gotten sick yet, so, I think I'm doing great!

Sorry about the short message.   Thanks for all the prayers.  I love all of you so much!

Love,

Elder Niceler


This is the room where we sleep and it's also where the kitchen is. 
(We moved our beds out there because that room has the ac and the other room gets really hot.)

This is where we study.

This is our board where we keep track of who we're working with.

This is a map of our area.
(The area we are responsible for serving, finding, teaching, fellowshipping, and supporting members and non-members)

Week 19 -- 1st Area -- 2nd Companion -- Hesperia, CA

October 13, 2014

This week has been pretty crazy!  We got five new missionaries in our zone.  They all seem to be pretty awesome!

A lot of our appointments cancelled on us or weren't home.  So, that's been really weird.  We've had to spend way too much time stopping on the side of the road to think of people we could drop by and visit.  We contacted a bunch of less actives and potential investigators on Friday, but, didn't have much luck.  This one guy, though, we rang the doorbell and when he answered the door I said, " Hi!  We're missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, does a Keyana live here?"  He then said something neither I or my companion could understand.  So I asked him if he'd be interested in being taught the lessons.  He started talking and we still couldn't understand him.  So, we ended up just leaving him a card.  That was pretty interesting.

One cool thing is that Saturday our recent convert, Steve, baptized one of the Sister Missionaries' investigators!

We've gotten chased by a couple of pit bulls this week.  The first one happened last Monday.  We were on our way to dinner and we saw this pit bull, behind a fence, running at us.  My companion and I both thought, "Man, that pit bull is going to slam into the fence.  Sweet!"  But, the pit bull had dug a hole.  So, when it slipped under the fence, it scared both of us.  I thought, "Oh no!  We're going to die."  But, it stopped chasing us.  Then, another time we saw a pit bull walking on this street we'd turned onto.  When the pit bull saw us, it decided to chase my companion.  It was kinda funny, but, scary at the same time.  Those are my pit bull stories for the week.

Always remember to pray and remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus love you!  Saying your prayers and talking to Heavenly Father about how you feel will make you feel way better.  Never be afraid to ask Heavenly Father for help.

Love,

Elder Niceler



Week 17 -- 1st Area -- 2nd Companion -- Hesperia, CA

September 29, 2014


This last week was pretty good, we were able to get in with most of the people we wanted to. We set a baptismal date with the Hall family!!!! We set it for the 18th of October but we are going to have push it back because they didn't come to church.  Steve was the one who got baptized.  He is doing awesome.  He got confirmed (a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and recieved the priesthood the same day.  He is going to baptize one of the Sister Miisionaries' investigators.  I went on exchanges this week and it was really good.  I worked in the Green Tree Ward with Elder Shelton who is a super awesome missionary.  He worked me really hard.  I was super tired after the exchange.  Things are going super good in our area!  We are now having to find new investigators and it's super hard.  It's the last week of the transfer which is super crazy.  This transfer went by way too fast.  It's been a super good transfer though.  Two baptisms and we finally set a date with the Hall family.  Here is a picture of Steve and all of the missionaries who helped teach him .  The ones on the far right are Elder Bowman and Elder Swan, who were the first to teach him, then it was me and Elder Bowman and then, me and Elder Wurst.  The other person is Brother Kirby who we had come to most of the lessons.

Love, 

Elder Niceler


L to R:  Brother Kirby, Elder Wurst, me, Steve, Elder Swan, Elder Bowman


Week 18 -- 1st Area -- 2nd Companion -- Hesperia, CA

October 6, 2014


My Dearest Family,

This last week was pretty good.  We had some really good lessons with our recent converts!  They are all doing really good.  Steve, the most recent one, is going to be baptizing one of the Sister Missionaries' investigators this Saturday.  He's super nervous/excited.  Richard is on fire!  
He can't stop spreading the gospel!  He is literally converted to this gospel.  Bryan is doing amazing.  This year he and his father tripled theirs sales for their farm (they sell their food at a farmers market).  We asked him what he did differently and he told us that they really didn't do anything different, the only thing different was he started going to church.  The Lord will bless you when you start doing the things He wants you to.  It's crazy.  So, I survived another transfer and I won't be getting transferred and neither is my companion.  Elder Coburn is staying! We needed him!  He's now going to be the only person with real excitement in this zone.  This new transfer is going to be awesome!  I love and miss all of you so much.  Keep up the good work in your areas.  Always be excited to go out and do the Lord's work.  I will end with a quote from President Monson: 

"Walking where Jesus walked isn't as important as walking as he walked."  

I love this quote!  A couple of talks during General Conference (Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide gather twice yearly, in April and October,  for “General Conference.”  These meetings are comprised of five two-hour meetings held over two days. During the conference, Church leaders speak on a variety of spiritual topics.  Speakers include the worldwide leader of the Church and his counselors in the First Presidency, the governing body of the Church.  Talks are also given by the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other leaders. The talks vary in length from about 5 to 20 minutes.  Topics are not assigned; each speaker chooses his or her own subject matter.  Talks usually cover basic gospel principles or address significant issues of the day, with speakers encouraging individuals and families in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ.  After the conference is over, the talks are published on the lds.org website and reprinted in the Church’s Ensign and Liahona magazines so members can read and study them.)  that I really liked were President Eyring's talk he gave in the Sunday Morning Session titled, "Continuing Revelation" in which he said, "Human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life.  We need revelation from God."  (You can read or listen to this talk by following this link:  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/print/2014/10/continuing-revelation?lang=eng&clang=eng)  The second talk I really enjoyed was Elder Bednar's talk given during the Sunday Afternoon Session titled, "Come and See."  His talk was specifically directed to those who are not members of our church and was focussed on answering the question, "“Why are Latter-day Saints so eager to tell me about what they believe and to invite me to learn about their church?”  (You can read or listen to this talk by following this link:  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/come-and-see?lang=eng)  This was an awesome talk!

Love,

Elder Niceler

Here are the most recent photo's of my zone.  We are completely different now.  Five missionaries got transferred.