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

Email: pniceler@myldsmail.net

Week 78 -- 5th Area -- 8th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

December 7, 2015

It is super crazy to think that in a short six months I will be home.  The mission has truly gone by fast.  And to be honest it has gone by way too fast. I keep finding myself thinking about how short a period of time I have left. If the last 18 months has gone by fast then the next six is going to go by extremely fast. I'm excited and sad that I only have six months left. 

This last week started off a bit rough. We had a couple of bad days where Elder McLaws was way down on himself.  To be quite honest it really got to me this week, because I think it was that night of the first day.  What started it was Elder McLaws decided to go to the bathroom in a place that wasn't very smart or a good place to go and I got frustrated with him.  So, to save us from arguing, I just didn't talk to him for like an hour.  Then, what made things boil over was our poorly done Potentials Section of the Area Book.  So, that night was just awful.  Then, in the morning I was still down and frustrated and things were just hard.  So, while Elder McLaws was in the shower, I read Elder Dallin H. Oaks talk from general conference. After doing that I felt a lot better because it really brought the spirit back. I then went and got in the shower and when I got out I saw Elder McLaws sitting writing what seemed to be a letter and that kind of frustrated me. So, I said something to him and then how he was feeling showed and I felt to bad for saying something and for the night before. What really did it for me was seeing him cry and seeing how much pain he was in. So, I felt impressed to apologize for how I had been and then to have him tell me how he was feeling. And, man, he has got a lot going through his mind.  A lot of his problems stem from his parents divorce. It has really scared him.  They went through a pretty brutal divorce.  He had a lot of the feelings that he had when the divorce was final come back, so all I did was just listen to him and hear him out.  It really helped him. I then gave him a blessing and all I can remember from that blessing is just feeling super tired after I was done.

We finished the week on a lot better of a note.  We've made a lot of goals and things that we plan on doing.  Things should be way better for us this week. I've grown and changed so much especially in the last 2 months.  Training truly makes you become a better missionary and person.  I'm really starting to realize that things go the best when I'm fully relying on the Savior. Especially in the hard times. 

On the bright side of things, we found a new investigator!!! His name is Steven and he was a former investigator.  He stopped investigating because his family wasn't getting involved.  But, he is now back and he told us a completely different excuse.  But, he is definitely ready to really move forward with things this time and his wife is showing some interest. So, that is super exciting! 

Other than that we've just been doing a lot of knocking doors and talking with people.  We've been using pass along cards for the new Christmas initiative that the church came out with (A Savior is Born).  It's super awesome! We've almost handed a hole pack of probably fifty cards out. You can watch it if you go to christmas.mormon.org, it's really good. 

Hope all is going well.  I love all of you and keep you in my prayers.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler




My companion, Elder McLaws



Me & our car :)


Week 77 -- 5th Area -- 8th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

November 30, 2015

Transfers were today.  There is now only one Zone in Apple Valley as the two were combined to form just one.  I am no longer a District Leader.  I'm just a normal missionary who is training an awesome companion!

This last six weeks has gone by extremely fast.  It doesn't seem like is should be over. We worked really hard this week.  We knocked a ton of doors and we found a couple of people that are interested so that is super exciting.  We were also able to come in contact with a former investigator that is super solid.  The reason he stopped investigating was because he didn't want to get baptized unless his wife was going to as well.  So, we are now working with him and, hopefully, his wife will join. We are still trying to visit a lot of people who we've met and they expressed interest in hearing our message.  The only problem that we are running into is just catching these people at a good time. The area is still really hard to work, but, things are on the up!  It's a long and steep incline, but, we are moving very slowly up. 


Elder McLaws is doing really good now! On Monday after a teaching appointment, our Ward Mission Leader, Brother Stewart, was dropping us off at our car and Elder McLaws asked him a question and opened up to him.  Brother Stewart then told us to both get back in the car and he went on to say some inspiring things that really helped Elder McLaws out.  Brother Stewart told him that he what he is doing now is the best and most important thing he can be doing.  He also testified that there is nothing better that he could be doing that would bless his family.  So, ever since then things have been really good for us, at least our attitude about the work. Elder McLaws has grown a lot this week, he's definitely a different person now. 

Yesterday, for the fifth Sunday, my Bishop, for the Ward, said some really inspiring things about what we as families and individuals need to be doing to help us be prepared for when the Savior comes again. I want to share some things I learned.  I would like to start out by with this, in the Family Proclamation to the world it says:  "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities" (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).  I know that this is true! My Bishop, asked and said, are you have daily prayers morning and night as a couple and if your kids are there with them, are you reading from the Book of Mormon daily individually and as a family, are you living the commandments to the best of your ability, I would like to add are you following and applying the counsel and advice that our Prophet President Monson has given and what the Apostles have taught us, and are you sticking true to the morals, standards and doctrines that we live. I want all of you to think about these things. And if you're not doing a good job in one of those, I want for you to repent and start doing a better job right now. You will never change if you say you will do it later or in the near future, you have to repent and start NOW!

I strongly encourage that all of you think about these things and see where you need to change and do so. Here are a few quotes that I think are really good that are related to this topic.

"In a world ever more dangerous...the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ has the nourishing power to heal starving spirits of the world." -President Boyd K. Packer

"The discipline contained in daily obedience and clean living and wholesome lives builds and armor around you of protection ans safety from the temptations that beset you as you proceed through mortality." -Elder L. Tom Perry

"Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required." - President Thomas S. Monson

"Commandments are guide posts to eternal life." -Elder L. Tom Perry

I love all of you so much, I pray for you daily and always keep you in mind.  Doing this has helped me to remember that I need to be working as hard as I can, so that you can be receiving all of the blessings that you can.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler



Advice my Uncle Brock shared with me via my mom in response to last weeks email:


 “One of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work! If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy. There will be no homesickness, no worrying about families, for [he will have] all [his] time and talents and interest … centered on the work of the ministry. Work, work, work—there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work.” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988, p. 200.)

Week 76 -- 5th Area -- 8th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

November 23, 2015

Last week was a stressful week for me.  I'm training a greenie who is homesick, we have a very difficult area to find people to work with, and I'm also a District Leader.  President Hobbs trusts me way too much.  But, in all honesty, I have a super easy district.  My district has the Zone Leaders, the Sister Missionary Training Leaders, and one other companionship.  They're all really great at being responsible and working hard.

My companion, Elder McLaws, is really struggling.  He really misses home and he really misses his girlfriend.  The girlfriend one is the one that drives me the most crazy.  I'm doing my best and trying hard to keep us busy.  The only problem is that we do a ton of walking and that gives him way too much time to think about home and other things.  I've tried using that time to review and discuss things from Preach My Gospel or the scriptures.  I've even tried to think about and discuss questions investigators might have and how we might answer them.  The thing is that Elder McLaws isn't really trying to participate or he says he can't think of anything.  And, in all honesty, our area gives us more doors being slammed and people not being interested in talking with us which leads to more time to think about other stuff.  I know that if we just keep doing our best, keep working hard, refuse to give up, and continue having faith in the Lord and His ability to help us that blessings will come and we will find those whom, the Lord knows, are ready and desirous to hear our message and learn about the gospel.  I've already learned this through experience.  But, Elder McLaws is struggling and he just expects it to be easy.  I want to talk with him about his home and family, but, right now I feel like that would just make things worse.  I've asked him why he came on a mission.  Some of the reasons are a little frightening, but, overall, it was his choice and he says he prayed about it and felt that serving a mission was right for him.  So, I've tried reminding him of that prompting and answer to his prayer about coming on a mission.  But, it just seems like he would rather let home and everything else take priority first.  It'll all work out.  I won't give up.  I have given him a blessing and will ask if he wants another one again.

If you or dad have any advice I'd love to hear it.

Thanks!  I love you,

Elder Peter H. Niceler (via email conversation with my mother)

Week 75 -- 5th Area -- 8th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

November 9, 2015

This last week was by far the best week.  We taught a total of 4 lessons and all of the lessons were pretty good.  The work in our area is slowly starting to pick up.  We did an exchange with our Ward mates (other companionship serving in our Ward) and they were able to show us some people they'd been working with.  There's actually a lot of work for us to do.

We are currently doing a ton of walking in our area and we do our best at talking with everyone that is outside.  It was pretty tough talking to people outside this last week because it got really cold. It was at least in the low forty's if not the high thirty's for the week.  It was super cold 😕!  But, we made it through the week without freezing, so that is good.

I can't really think of anything else, so yeah! We are doing good and things are starting to go better. 

I love all of you, and pray for you guys daily.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 74 -- 5th Area -- 8th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

November 2, 2015

Week two (of training and serving in my new area) went loads better than week one! 

We meet several people who were willing to have us come back.   The only downside is that they said to come back in two weeks. But, other than that the week went really good. 

It's still pretty hard (finding people to teach) in our area.  We've only taught 2 lessons in the two weeks of being together.  It's been really hard.

We had a really good meeting with our Ward Mission Leader last night.  He just met with us and felt prompted to give us each a blessing and also shared some advice with us.  We ended up talking a lot about the work in the area and how he's also felt very lost.  But, we all had some really good ideas and we're hopefully going to start using them.

I've grown a ton!  I'm now really good at talking with people.  It's honestly something that I never thought that I would get good at, but, the Lord has made it my strength. 

So, Halloween in my area was crazy!  My companion & I cover a pretty wealthy area of the community.  So, pretty much everyone in the High Desert comes to this area to trick-or-treat.  So, the Spring Valley Lake part of our area, got around 1,000 trick-or-treaters!

Mary Alice, you should try saying a prayer every time before you start doing your homework.  I know it will help you.

Well that's pretty much it. Hopefully, in the near future, we will have more stories to tell.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 73 -- 5th Area -- 8th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

October 26 2015

Transferred back to Apple Valley.  

Elder Niceler is now a District Leader again.  

He is also training his first "greenie!" (missionary just arrived to the mission to begin serving)  His new companion is Elder McLaws and he is from Holebrook, Arizona.

Week 71 -- 4th Area -- 7th Companion -- Chino, CA

October 15, 2015

This week was super busy! We seemed to have something going on everyday.

We also had the wonderful opportunity of going to the temple.  It was super nice. It was just great being able to take my mind off of the worldly things and focus on what is most important. The temple is truly a House of the Lord.

All of our lessons this week have been really good.  We are really starting to get a good grip with things.  We've also done a lot of talking with people, although, we haven't talked with anyone who is interested.  They've all been super nice, but none interested.  

I'm doing great! Thank you so much for all of the prayers. You are always in mine. I love you so much.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler



Pics of Me & My Zone







Pics from our trip to the Temple

My Companion, the Brother from our Ward who drove us to the temple, & me




Week 70 -- 4th Area -- 7th Companion -- Chino, CA

October 5, 2015

This last week was super awesome for us.  We found two new investigators and they are super awesome.  One of them was introduced to the church by her boyfriend who has been sharing the gospel with her. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and has been coming to church.  The other one is a girl named Nicole.  We met her at the house of one of our investigators and come to find out she is our investigator's girlfriend.  We met her when we knocked on the door of our investigator, Brian.  He was in the shower, so,   we just talked with her while we waited for Brian to get out of the shower. All we did was just do some small talk with her. Brian then came out and we went into another room and we started to teach him.  We then asked him if Nicole would like to join us for the lesson.  So, he went and asked her and she said no.  But, later on in the lesson she came in and we were able to teach her.  She really opened up to us.  She's just had a lot of bad things happen to her that have scared her mentally and physically.  We testified to her about the gospel, and it went well.  We had a second lesson with her later that week and it went even better.  We did even more testifying and she just ate it all up.  We taught her a lot about the atonement and about how much peace this gospel would bring to her.  In the first lesson she told us that every time she'd meet missionaries that we all had this genuine smile about us and she told us that she wanted it.  By the end of the second lesson I could tell that she was starting to have that genuine smile.  She thanked us for what we are doing for her.  She was also hugging the Book of Mormon we had given her.

I testify to you that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's authorized church.  That the gospel of Jesus Christ has been given to us for our benefit. I'm so grateful for the blessings in this gospel that are only brought to us by the work that we put in.  

I love y'all so much.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler 

Week 69 -- 4th Area -- 7th Companion -- Chino, CA

September 28, 2015

This last week was a bit of a tough one for me.  I just seemed to struggle with everything.  I found myself just wanting to do hardly anything.  My companion and love for this gospel and the Lord is what kept me going.  I'm glad that I have a testimony of this gospel.  A testimony is essential if you want to get anywhere in life.  I have no idea where I would be without my testimony.  At the end of the week things got better because I turned to my Savior and asked for His help in carrying the load which Heavenly Father has place on my back.  Once I did that, my burden was made lighter.  I know the same can be for all of you.  

A lot of things are starting to happen in the YSA Ward.  One of our investigators, Sabrina, received her answer about when she should get baptized and it wasn't what we wanted but it's what she needs.  She received the answer that she needs to wait a little bit.  We aren't too sure what we are going to do right now to help her with her current situation, but, we do know that the answer she received is the right answer.  

Our other investigator, Randy, is doing super awesome.  He's starting to make a lot of changes and is letting the gospel change him and it's awesome seeing the change in him.  

Cool story.  So, there is this girl that we are going to start teaching that came to church on Sunday.  She actually emailed our institute teacher and asked him if she could go to institute.  She told him that she tried signing up, but, she couldn't because she wasn't a member, and she then asked him where she could go to church.  We met her and she is super awesome.  We're gonna text her this week and set up a time to teach her.

The work is starting to pick up and it super comforting seeing that.  Thank you so much for all of the prayers.  I do my best to keep all of you in my prayers.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler 

Week 68 -- 4th Area -- 7th Companion -- Chino, CA

September 21, 2015

Well, we had a super good week.  I'm super sorry this letter is gonna be super short.  I don't have a ton of time.

This last week was full of finding and meeting with our Bishops and letting them know that we want to serve them and do what they want us to.  So, we contacted a lot of people that our Bishops gave to us and we were able to find some people through it.

We found a new investigator, Sabrina, and she is super awesome.  She has a done a ton of stuff.  She went to Seminary for two years and graduated.  She also finished Personal Progress for Young Women and she got that. She also has a testimony that this gospel is true.  She is just super awesome.  She is an example to me about what this gospel can truly do for everyone.

We also had President interviews and they went super well.  I passed and I get to stay out on my mission.  Just kidding, they were super awesome and I learned a lot from President Hobbs.  I love him so much.  He such a great guy.  

I love all of you so much.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

(Here is an explanation of what the Personal Progress program is and what one needs to do to earn this award and medallion. When you complete the Personal Progress program, you will be eligible to receive  the Young Womanhood Recognition.  To receive this award:  Attend sacrament meeting regularly; Live the standards in For the Strength of Youth; Complete the value experiences and value project for each of the eight values - Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice & Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, & Virtue; Keep a personal journal; Attend seminary; Read the Book of Mormon regularly; and Record your testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.  This award recognizes you for your worthiness and for completing all the Personal Progress requirements.  As a recipient of the award, you show that you have established a pattern of progress in your life.  You are prepared to make and keep sacred temple covenants.  You are committed to keeping the commandments, serving others, and developing and sharing your gifts and talents.  You will strive to strengthen the home and family.)  

Week 67 -- 4th Area -- 7th Companion -- Chino,CA

September 14, 2015

This last week was super stressful and super awesome!

It was super awesome because it was by far the best week that I've had in this area.  We had four really good lessons with investigators in which we were able to help the investigators out a lot.  One of our investigators, Randy, we were able to help make a ton of progress.  We had a really good first lesson with him and we were able to help him understand why we are there and we were able to just help him with a lot of questions he had.  Elder Reddish had a strong impression to ask him if he would like a priesthood blessing.  He told us he was feeling like he should, but he was very hesitant,. So, we talked more and testified and he accepted to have one. It was a super powerful lesson.  Randy is starting to notice a difference in his life right now and it's super awesome to see. 

We also had the wonderful opportunity to have Elder Falabella, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, came to our mission and he spoke to all of the missionaries serving in the Desert one day and all of the missionaries serving in the Valley the other day.  He had the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders come early for both meetings and he spoke to us separately.  In the meeting with the Sister Training Leaders and Zone Leaders in the Valley I got a front row seat.  Although, everyone got front row seats because there weren't a ton of us since it was only those in the Valley.  But, he stood literally right in front of me.  It was super amazing being able to hear from him.  He taught us a lot about the Sacrament and how every time we take the sacrament we need to make a new covenant with God, but, we should also use it to remember the covenants we have already made.  He also taught about how we should, under the direction of the Bishop, do the work in each Ward that we serve in.  He taught us that the Bishop can easily receive revelation for everyone in his Ward.  He also taught us that we need to do a better job about finding families.  He taught us that if we could teach families and baptized families that we would start having higher numbers of baptisms.  It was such an awesome experience being able to have been taught by him.  He also came to our Mission Leadership Council and that was a super powerful MLC!  The spirit was so strong as we discussed the mission and what we need to focus on.  We came to the conclusion that we need to focus on each individual missionary converting himself/herself to this Gospel more.  We were taught that we as leaders need to be the ones who make sure that we do it because everything starts with us.

It was a super stressful week because I'm now the Senior Zone Leader and I'm also the designated driver and it's been a little tough getting to know the area.

Things are going well, though.  The Lord is helping me a out a ton.  I know that Jesus Christ lives and that Heavenly Father lives to.  I know that they are consistently at our side, and that they are waiting for us to come to them asking them for help.

I love all of you so much.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler


P.S.  I asked a member in our Ward to share the pictures from our Ward BBQ with my mom.  She has added them below along with a kind message from Brother Kat, who shared the pictures.

Hi Sister Niceler,
 
I'm a Ward member in Chino Hills, CA, where you son is serving. With his request I'm forwarding a Google Drive link to share with you pictures of our Ward BBQ, your son is in many of these pictures. If you have problem accessing the link, please let me know.

You have a very good son, Elder Niceler is always smiling, pleasant and hard working. We love to have him here in our Ward. Thanks for sending him.

My wife and I are originally from Hong Kong but my 3 kids are all born here (1 Utah, 2 Calif). My son went on a mission too and has been back. If you need anything quickly for your son, feel free to email or call me, we'll be glad to take care of it.

Brother Kat