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


Week 31 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Vally, CA

January 5, 2015

Things went alright last week.  Elder Tate was still sick, so, we ended up doing a lot of scheduling for this week and doing a ton of studies and that was alright.  Fast and Testimony meeting was super good yesterday (Sunday) Church for us is now at 11am instead of 9am and that is way better.  Ward council was super good!  Elder Tate and I have no idea why, but, the majority of the meeting was spent on missionary work and what we can do to help the ward.  Elder Tate and I are super excited for this transfer!  We have a lot of plans to get things moving.  We've set a goal to have two baptisms and to have the ward missionary minded at the end of the transfer.  So, we've decided to focus on a few families that we will work with in helping them get missionary minded. 

It was super cold last week!!  With Elder Tate being sick and it being so cold it was really hard to go out and do work.  Biking in the cold is terrible!  We did it everyday!  It was so cold that after a little bit our pedaling would slow down and we weren't moving as fast as we wanted to.

Cool new thing I can do now!  Like four and a half months ago I learned how to ride my bike with no hands.  It's so nice being able to do it because I don't have to be hunched over all the time.  When I was first learning it was so scary just taking my hands off.  I first learned how to just coast with no hands and then I learned to pedal with no hands. 

At a Christmas party, on Christmas day, I got a Starbucks gift card.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.

I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you no matter what.  They're so happy with the progress you make in overcoming your trials.  They know exactly how you feel.  Say your prayers.  Let them know how you're feeling.  Ask them for help with things you're struggling with.  They want to help you.  On Sunday, Elder Tate and I went to class with the Young Men (boys in the ward ages 12-17).  The lesson we learned is that we can't change who we are right now, but, we can change who we're going to be.  What I realized is that we are going to fall no matter how hard we try.  Falling in life is necessary, without failure we would never learn.  Heavenly Father sees who we can become and He knows that in order for us to reach that potential we're going to have to fall.  This is a super hard thing to accept.  We don't want to fall, but, when we do accept it and apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ and change (repent) then things get easier.  

Pray!  It will help you so much!

Love you guys!    


Elder Niceler 

Zone AVA Snap Back Hats

We bought the snap backs and had the AVA embroidered onto them.

L to R:  Me, Elder Tate, & our Zone Leaders Elder Shummway, Elder Gropp

My snap back

Week 30 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

December 29, 2014

Staying in Apple Valley another Transfer!!!!!!!!  The end and beginning of a transfer have come.  Last transfer was awesome and this new one is going to be even better.  

Last week happened to be another sick week.  Elder Tate was feeling pretty good.  And then, Tuesday came and he was feeling terrible.  So, we ended up staying at our place most of the week.  The last two weeks of my first transfer with Elder Tate were rough.  I was sick for one of the weeks and Elder Tate was sick both weeks.  The hardest thing was not being able to go out and work.  The weird thing is I'm grateful that happened.  I learned a lot.  I realized how important it is to study the scriptures.  The scriptures are there to help us and they bring peace and comfort.  The scriptures have brought that peace and comfort to me many times.

Now to today.  It was a pretty typical P-Day.  I finally went and got a haircut and man, that was great. We went with our Zone Leaders and bought some snap backs and had AVA put onto them.  AVA stands for "Apple Valley A Zone."  They're super sick!  Then, we went to the ZL's (Zone Leaders) house and played a game.

A few weeks ago Elder Tate and I were walking out of Apple B's and this 60 year old woman stopped us and started telling us how good looking we were.  After that we couldn't stop laughing, it was so funny!

Christmas was awesome!  We had a brunch with a family in our ward and while there we got to FaceTime home.  That was super awesome!!  It was really good being able to see and hear them (my family).  So much has changed  

The Lord loves you and knows exactly how you feel when you go through trials.  Joseph Smith went through a ton!  Watch "Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Restoration."  The Lord told Joseph, while in Liberty Jail, "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;"  (Doctrine & Covenants 121:7)  Reading that brings so much peace to me.  It brings that to me because it applies to us as well.  Obviously, we aren't going through what Joseph Smith did, but, we will all go through trials.  Knowing that our trials will be but a small moment is so comforting.  All we have to do is endure.  "And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes."  (Doctrine & Covenants 121:8)  Enduring is by far the hardest part, but, it's the most rewarding.  The Lord has promised that we will triumph.  A few weeks ago, Elder Tate and I had a really bad week.  We were both down and not happy.  What made our week was going to church.  Church that week was awesome!  Church can be that way every week.  We just need to see it that way, even though it's hard sometimes.  We just need to realize that church is there to help us grow and to help us apply the Atonement on our lives so we can change.  Always remember to pray every morning, every night, and when you need comfort.  Heavenly Father wants to hear from everyone.

Well that's pretty much it, I love all of you so much.


Elder Niceler

Christmas Day 2014

 This is the letter from the guy that sent me the audio books.  We already started listening to the books.  We were totally bummed when we saw that it wasn't the complete book.  He sent us certain chapters.  We're interested in hearing the whole book.  What we listened to so far was really good.

A postcard I received from Grandma & Grandpa Heilesen.

I was a little confused, at first, when I got it and read the front.  Then, I read on the back that that's the actual name of the place.

FaceTime with my family!!!!! :):):):):)

This is our Christmas Tree!

I found it in the garage.  We bought a few things to decorate it.  We've had it lit up pretty much 24/7.

L to R:  Sister Cornett, Sister Shaw, Elder Tate, me

(This is our last picture with Sister Shaw, she went home today)

Week 29 -- 2nd Area -- 3rd Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

December 22, 2014

This week was super rough.  We were both sick.  So, we ended up staying in our house most of the week.  We saw absolutely no one.  We went and caroled with the zone in another area and then on Saturday we caroled in our area and that was super awesome.  Besides that our week was rather boring.  Sorry for the super short email.  

Love y'all,

Elder Niceler

The Christmas Devotional/Party

My companion, Elder Tate, is taking this picture of me with the Sister Missionaries :)

Me & my companion, Elder Tate

The Gingerbread House Elder Tate & I made 

Zone Activity up in Big Bear

We had a White Elephant Gift Exchange

White Elephant Gift I got

White Elephant Gift I ended up with was the movie "Grown Ups"
I will be sending that home, since I will not be watching it while on my mission.

My Zone wearing their "Ugly Sweaters"

Our "Ward Mates" 
(ward mates are missionaries who serve in the same Ward as us)

L to R:  Sister Cornett, Sister Shaw, Elder Tate, me