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


Week 3 -- 1st Area -- 1st Companion -- Hesperia, CA

June 23, 2014 -- 12:26pm

I'm doing great!  It seems like it is getting hotter everyday out here, and the wind is blowing pretty hard just about everyday.   The teaching is going really well.  Richard (the gentleman I told you about) hasn't been able to get the marriage license yet because work is very unpredictable for him.  But, all of the lessons we've taught him have gone very well.  He's ready to get baptized, he just doesn't want to set a date till he has the marriage license.  He, his wife, and his four year old son came to church yesterday, and they really enjoyed it.  Wednesday was probably our worst day of the week because we went and taught Steve.  Elder Bowman has been teaching him for the last four months and he's been progressing, but he's hung up on the Book of Mormon.  When we got home we realized we should have been bolder with some of the things we said and Elder Bowman realized that he didn't follow the prompting of the spirit.  We both talked for a while and both agreed we are just going to have to be really bold with him.  Steve is ready to get baptized, he just doesn't want to till he has that perfect knowledge.  I told him that when we take a step of faith, a lot of times that is when we receive that answer we're looking for.   I realized I should have been bold and told him that he needs to take that step of faith and get baptized and then he'll receive the answer he's looking for.  Besides that, our week was great.  We had a great lesson with a less active and during it he really opened up to us.  He cried a few times and Elder Bowman gave a great lesson in which I didn't say much because I couldn't really relate to it.  Biking is going great, I did get another flat and we went and bought another tube and got liners to prevent thrones from giving me anymore flats and I haven't gotten one since doing that.  We didn't bike that much this week because Elder Bowman's knees are giving him problems right now.  We just did a ton of walking.  We make our own breakfast every morning, and most of the time we make our lunch, but we do sometimes go out and eat lunch at a restaurant or fast food place.  We don't really have anything in particular that we like to eat.  We do eat a lot of meat because that's what we get fed pretty much for every meal.


Elder Niceler  

I Made It to Utah!

May 20, 2014 -- 4:00pm

I arrived one day early so I could spend a little time with my Grandma & Grandpa Heilesen before entering the MTC tomorrow.  They live in Provo, UT right near the MTC and Provo Temple.

Bob & Dixie Fuller gave me a ride from the airport to Temple Square to meet Grandma & Grandpa Heilesen.  They were kind enough to take me out to lunch while we waited.  I first met the Fuller's at my house during a Farewell Reception my parents held the Sunday before I left.  Brother & Sister Fuller had come out to be at their Grandson's, Devin, High School Graduation and to go with him to the temple as he prepares to serve a mission in Russia.  They had been on the same flight from Missouri with me, but, we didn't realize until we arrived in Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT Temple

I got to go through the temple with my grandparents.  It was amazing!  It's so beautiful!

Inside the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Dinner @ the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT

Missionary Training Center

May 21, 2014 -- 11:58pm

My Grandma & Grandpa Heilesen dropped me off @ the MTC!  I'm really excited!

I'm so glad I got to spend time with them before I left on my mission.  I love them!

My Mission Call

March 15, 2014 -- 1:20pm

 Mission Call Letter . . . 

California Rancho Cucamonga Mission
Enter MTC -- Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Goodbyes @ the St. Louis Airport

May 20, 2014 -- 5:30am

Waiting to Check in for his flight to Utah

On his way to Check in

On our way to security check point

Waiting @ Security

Check Point

Goodbye Peter!  

We love you so much and we'll miss you!  

We know you're doing the right thing in choosing to serve a mission!  Good Luck!!

God Be With You 'til We Meet Again!!


May 21 - June 2, 2014

Missionary Training Center
Provo, UT

This is the sister we taught and helped so much.

My district

Week 1 -- 1st Area -- 1st Companion -- Hesperia, CA

June 9, 2014 -- 5:28pm

My first area is Hesperia, so, I'm up in what they call the high desert.  So, it's pretty hot up here.  I'm in a biking area and to be honest it really isn't that bad.  My trainer is Elder Bowman, he is from Fortworth, Texas.  He is awesome.  All we've really done so far is visit members of the ward I'm serving in so I can get to know them, and they are all really nice, the Bishop is pretty funny.  We get fed pretty much every night from the ward members.  My day goes like this:  we wake up at 6:30 and exercise, we then get ready for the day at 7, then, from 8-9 we do personal study, from 9-10 we do companionship study, and then from 11-12 we do another hour of companionship study, because we have to go through this twelve week packet.  Already got a flat tire my second day out.  And, this dog was following us and had a seizure.  We knocked on every door around us, but we couldn't find it's owner.  And, we also had a guy tell us to go on youtube and look up the frauds of our church. We also had a couple of police officers cautiously approach our door, they knocked and we opened up and they were shocked to see two guys dressed in white shirts and ties.  So my second day was crazy.  I really like it up here in Hesperia. There are a couple things that are a little annoying.  First, our shoes are always extremely dusty, and second, the heat is ridiculous.  It was in the hundreds today.  The ward members are great.  We had like 5 less active families show up to church which shocked us.  One guy hadn't been to church in like 15 years, and this one family we just went and visited, came and we didn't even invite them to come to church.  It was pretty awesome.  I miss all of you guys so much.


Elder Niceler

P.S.  I forgot to bring my camera with me I'll make sure to email pictures to you next week.   

Elder Niceler Made it to California

June 5, 2014 -- 7:20pm

Dear Niceler Family,

Elder Niceler is here and he is safe! He is in his new area and has a wonderful trainer. We are grateful you would share him with us.

He will be able to email you on Mondays.

Thank you,
President and Sister Hobbs
CA Rancho Cucamonga Mission

Week 2 -- 1st Area -- Hesperia, CA

June 16, 2014 -- 11:22am

My second week was amazing, we got five new investigators.  The first the guy stopped his car and yelled out his window, "Stop in the name of the Lord."  We immediately thought, great this guy wants to bash with us.  We walk up and the guy explains to us how he met a couple of our Elders a month ago.  He then starts telling us, "I want to get baptized and sealed to my family in the temple."  We were so shocked and excited at the same time.  So, we went over to his house and talked for a bit and set up another appointment with him for the next day.  Our first lesson with him went really well and we committed him to baptism.  We didn't set a date (for his baptism) with him because he and his wife have to get married first.  So, he told us that he was going to go and get the marriage license on Friday.  So, we left it up to them to prayerfully consider when would be a good date for him to get baptized.  The other four investigators were given to us from the YSA (Young Single Adult) Elders.  They'd had a referral to this house, and the mom for the family let them know that she wanted her family to be taught.  So, we get to teach the mom and her two sons and one of her daughters, and the YSA Elders are taking the other one.  We found out in our missionary correlation meeting that one of our investigators, who Elder Bowman has been working with for three months, is really thinking about getting baptized.  Elder Bowman was really pumped when he heard that.  We really only had one thing that was not so good happen.  The Greene family, one of their sons is less active and is someone we are teaching, came up to us in church and told us that he took a turn for the worse.  So, we went and visited him right after church and he talked to us for awhile.  He is not doing well, he told us that his wife was coming to visit him, that he'd gotten a text from her saying that she was down the street.  Well, she never showed up and he says that someone took her.  But, what we really think happened is that she was coming to visit him and then she decided not to and that she isn't coming back.  He told us a lot of things and he was all over the place and he kept telling us the same things and we eventually found out that he has been taking meth for the last 15 years.  We also found out that he has syphilis and he isn't getting better because he won't go to a doctor so he is starting to think of things that aren't happening.  So we're pretty worried about him.  I heard that the Spurs won, and that they just killed the Heat.  You'll now have to update me on how the USA is doing in the World Cup.


Elder Niceler

June 16, 2014 -- 12:09pm

I received those letters that you guys did for FHE activity.  I loved reading them!  They made me laugh!  I also got Mary Alices' letter she wrote me.


 Elder Niceler

June 16, 2014 -- 12:20pm

I saw the blog and I love it!  Thanks so much for doing that for me!  Yes, it's fine to leave it public (answer to my question about if it's ok to have the blog be public).

June 16, 2014 -- 8:56am  (email conversation between Elder Niceler & Elder Coburn)

Elder Niceler wrote:  My first area is Hesperia.  It's a biking area, so I've biked a ton!  It's not fun biking in my area because it is always hot and there is always wind and it always seems like no matter what direction we are biking in we are fighting against the wind.  My first week was pretty dull, all my companion had us do was go a visit members of the ward i'm serving in, and we went and talked to a bunch of less actives.  There were a few things that made my first week interesting, the first one happened while we were doing our weekly planning.  Two cops opened our gate and cautiously approached our door, knocked, and were shocked to see two guys dressed nicely(this tells you what kind of apartment we're living in).  The next one was my second day out I got a flat tire and we had to walk everywhere. Our weirdest experience was as we were walking back to the members house that we left our bikes at, I turn around and this little dog is following us.  I let my companion know, so we stop and my companion tries to pick it up, and it bites him, so, it ends up getting thrown like three feet in the air and it hit the ground pretty hard.  So, we end up knocking on like every house around us.  As we are walking out from one house the little dog is doing something weird.  We walk up to it and my companion realizes it is having a seizure.  We had no idea what to do, so, we waited around.  About five minutes later the seizure ended and the dog stumbled back to its house.  The last experience was when we were walking up to a restaurant to go and eat dinner.  Two guys call us, so, we walk up to them.  One of the guys tells us to preach the good word, so we do.  After we're done talking to him the other guy starts talking to us about the frauds of evolution.  He then tells us a parable, and then he tells us that he respects us and all and then he tells us to go and look up all the frauds of our church.  My first week was pretty crazy.  My second week was amazing, we had one guy stop his car in front of us and yells, "stop in the name of the Lord."  We walk up to him and he tells us that he ran into some of our missionaries a month ago and he then starts telling us he wants to be baptized and sealed to his family.  We were so excited, we committed him to baptism the next day after we taught him the restoration.  He'll be getting baptized within the next couple weeks. The next thing that happened was the YSA Elders contacted us and told us that they found a family of four that wants to be taught.  So in my second week we got five new investigators.  The only crazy thing that happened was we had a family come to us a tell us that their son who is less active and is someone that we're teaching was going off the deep end so went and visited him.  And he really is going off the deep end.  He is not doing well and the main concern that we got from it is that he told us that he has been doing meth for like to the past 15 years.  So he is not doing well and he is thinking that there are things that have happened that haven't.  So we have no idea what to do with him.  Well my first two weeks have been filled with a lot of stuff.  I think my second day out I was on my bed  and I got homesick thinking of you guys.  I really miss my district. (the group of elders and sisters in the same class while at the MTC)  How have things been for you guys?

Elder Niceler,

P.S.  Can you guys send me Sister Clawson's email address and Sister Weavers'?

Elder Coburn wrote:  Hey Peter

Elder Niceler wrote:  What's up how have your first two weeks been?

Elder Coburn wrote:  I have been great!  I am in the Cucamonga Tongan ward!   It is crazy, Tongans are crazy people.  They are also fun though, and very friendly :)  They eat a lot of food though.  Weird food.  I have eaten horse and octopus and Lu and other weird tongan food haha it is a good adventure :)  My trainer is awesome too!  He is Elder Faimalo.  We get along very well haha so I am happy!  Also, I am in the same zone as Elder Plymell!  Our trainers had to go to a mission leadership conference too so we got to go tracting for a couple hours together.  It was awesome!

Elder Niceler wrote:  That's awesome that you're in the same zone as Plymell.  I'm in the same zone with Sister Cauble and Sister Rietz.  It's so hot up here and the wind is always blowing and I have to bike. So it sucks biking around up here.

Elder Coburn wrote:  Hahaha I am driving ;)  My comp doesn't have a license, so I got green dotted and get to drive :)

Elder Niceler wrote:  Lucky, we only get to use a car on P-Day and it's not even ours, we borrow it from some sisters in our district and last P-Day they gave us 35 miles and we barely made it with that, and today they gave us 25 miles.  Did you and your companion get a tweaker?  Hey can you send me that photo you took of Elder Plymell and me with Sister Jones and Sister Clawson jumping in the background?

Elder Coburn wrote:  Oya dawg

June 23, 2014 -- Elder Niceler wrote:  Thanks for sending the photo.  How was last week?  I can't wait to see everyone this Wednesday!!  My week went pretty well.  We have one person with a baptismal date and we taught a bunch of really good lessons to less actives.

Last Day @ the MTC

June 2, 2014 -- 12:40pm

Well I'm done at the MTC after today.  I'm so excited to be leaving tomorrow.  We leave so early from the MTC, like 4:30am!  My teachers, Brother Moore and Brother Makihelahela, are amazing.  We learn how to teach the lessons simply and effectively, and how to teach to the needs of our investigators.  The hardest thing for me so far was the lesson on following the promptings of the spirit, the role plays were pretty bad.  But, in the end we taught a teacher at the MTC and helped her with one of her struggles.  She told us that it was the best lesson she has ever been taught.  My trc (Teaching Resource Center) investigator was also really hard.  She had so many questions and they were questions we didn't know the answer to.  We blew our first lesson trying to answer them.  We learned from that and went into the next lesson and taught her the restoration and it answered a bunch of her questions.  In the third lesson we answered her question on the priesthood and she got really excited about everything.  And, our last lesson with her we taught her about the Plan of Salvation.  When I'm not in class I'm either eating or studying.  Church (Sunday -- Sacrament Meeting) is interesting because they have everyone prepare a talk and then call two people to give the talk they prepared.  I was the sacrament coodrdinater and all I had to do was get two people to pass and two people to bless the sacrament, and prepare two trays for water and bread.  The best part has been all the devotionals that have happened.  I sang in the choir for the Tuesday night devotional in which we got to listen to Elder Nelson speak to us.  Also it was amazing getting to know everyone in my district, I love all of them so much.  On P-Days (Preparation Days -- when missionaries do laundry, write letters, etc.) we normally get up do personal study for an hour, then go to breakfast, and then go to the temple to do a session.  After the temple we go back to our residence and get all of our laundry and do that.  Then the rest of the day we do whatever we want, we have played volleyball a bunch, so that's probably what we'll do today.  We also have a class at the end.  It was kind of cool when I realized I was at the MTC the same time as Eric Mika, and T.J. Haws. 

Elder Niceler

June 2, 2014 -- 4:08pm

Hey, if you want to chat for a bit I'm on for the next hour.

From our chat:

That's awesome! (the Spurs are in the final) Hey, I can call tomorrow while I'm at the airport. It all depends on how fast I get to the airport and how fast things go with checking luggage.  I'm planning on calling your cell (mom).  It will probably be sometime between 6 and 7 your time it might be earlier.  Just be watching.  I really hope that I can call you guys tomorrow.  I really want to hear everyone's voices.  

Tell Devin (Fuller -- Mike's son) that I saw his cousin.   I haven't started to pack yet, we're going to start after we're done emailing.  

The food here has been pretty good.  The only thing that hasn't been good is the orange juice, for some reason it makes everyone feel sick.  The doctors even recommend that we don't drink it.  

That's great! (that we'll be watching/listening for his phone call in the morning) I really hope I have time to call.  I gotta go, we're going to start packing.

Love you guys!  You'll get pictures next week.  The computers at the MTC won't let us download pictures.


Elder Niceler

P.S. Have Emma check her email now, I have a challenge i want you guys to do.

My First Week -- MTC

May 26, 2014 -- 9:06am

Dear Family,

I miss you guys so much, but so far my experience here at the MTC has been amazing.  It's felt like I've been trying to drink out of a fire house with all the information that we've been taught.  My Companion, Elder Plymell, is amazing.  I love him so much.  My district is amazing too.   All the Elders are going to Rancho Cucamonga, and all the Sisters are going to Eugene, Oregon.  I've already taught two people that were just practice, and they both went pretty well.  So, do you guys know where John is going on his mission?  How are things going on at home?  I sent you guys letters on Thursday.  


Elder Niceler

May 26, 2014 --12:13pm

That's awesome, tell John I said congrats.  I get to teach someone tonight and our plan is to teach her about the Book of Mormon.  We'll see how this lesson goes.  I can only send emails on Monday, so those are the days you should be checking your email.  Tell Eli I can't wait to see him playing football his senior year, and tell Mary Alice that she won't regret learning to play the piano, I wish I knew how to play the piano because there have been so many situations in which playing the piano would have been helpful here at the MTC.  Thanks for showing me what Torihea posted, I didn't get to see it, and reading makes me really happy.  Have you guys received my letters yet? I'm a little sick right now, I think I have a cold, but,  I'm fighting through it.  My teacher, Brother Moore, is awesome, I love him so much.  My district is so funny, our first time being able to go and have some gym time, Elder Coburn said the opening prayer and since we were all brain dead, instead of saying, "Thank you for the opportunity to get away from all the stress we had been felling," he said, "Thank you for allowing us to get away from the spirit."  We all laughed so hard and then we went and played some volleyball with the Sisters in our district.  It was really fun.  We had to watch a movie last night and it was "Character of Christ", which is a talk given by Elder Bednar, you guys should watch it.  It's really good.


Elder Niceler