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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 47 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

April 27, 2015



This last week was a pretty good week.  We were able to teach a good amount of people.  We also went on exchanges and I stayed in our area.  I got to drive around that entire day, and it was awesome.  Driving naturally comes back to you.  I was super nervous about driving because it had been a little over 10 1/2 months.  But it was all good.  On the exchange we were able to teach someone that we had contacted a week earlier and she became a new investigator.  We were also able to teach our investigator Will.  He's doing super good, he has a really sincere desire to know if what we've taught him is true.  His only hold up is he doesn't know if Jesus Christ is the son of God.  But, he knows a ton about Jesus Christ.  Some of his stories aren't true, but, he knows a ton.  All we've told him to do is to pray and ask.  He didn't make it to church, so we pushed his baptismal date to May 16th.  We let him know why and he was good.  The lesson we pushed his baptismal date back he really opened up to us about his concerns about Jesus Christ.  At the end of the lesson he told us we need to meet TuesdayWednesdayThursday, and Friday and we need to read a lot from the Book of Mormon.  So, he showed a real sincere desire to learn if Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  We also invited him to a baptism that was happening later that day and he came to it.  He seemed to like it.  The only problem was it was a baptism for the Spanish Ward, so, it was all in Spanish.  So me, my companion, and Will were the only ones who didn't understand it.  But we think in the long run pushing the baptismal date back for Will is going to be a good thing.  We think that it will allow for him to make more friends and for him to really come to know for himself that the things we've taught him are true. 

That was pretty much my week.  It was pretty chilly and windy this last week and we had a bunch of rain clouds.  We only got like ten minutes of rain for having rain clouds all week.  It was lame.

I love all of you!!!  Keep being awesome, like I know all of you are!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler 

P.S. We also had the opportunity to do a "Just Serve Helping Hands" service project.  It was really good.  As a stake we went and cleaned up some camping sites, painted a pavilion, and cleared some trails.  It was a really good service project.





A few pictures I took.  Here you go, love ya!!!!   




Above is my companion, Elder Russell & below is me at the service project.
We had to scrape paint off the posts.


My companion, Elder Russell



Me in my new apartment.



Week 46 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

April 20, 2015

Well, we're now into the fifth week of the transfer.  And I can't believe it, this transfer has flown by!  It's crazy how fast it goes.  I'm going to be hitting my year mark pretty soon.  In a month I will officially have been a missionary for one year.  Crazy!!!! 

This last week was pretty rough, a ton of our appointments fell through.  So, we were continually trying to figure out where to go.  But, it was a pretty good week.  Our investigator Will, who has a baptismal date for May 2nd, is doing awesome!  He has been to church the last two weeks and he is just progressing super good.  We had two lessons with him last week and we committed him to live the Word of Wisdom, and he's doing a pretty good job so far.  He was reading the Book of Mormon when we walked up to him for the time we set to go and teach him.

I had to give my first baptismal interview on Sunday and it went pretty good.  I couldn't give the okay because she had participated in an abortion.  So, I let her know that she was going to have to be interviewed by one of the members of our Mission Presidency.  But, she was super ready, she just has to be interviewed by either our Mission President or one of his counselors to make sure that she has fully repented for it.  It was a super awesome experience that I had giving the interview.  I asked her to give the closing prayer and she told me that she was still practicing and that she was nervous but she gave an amazing prayer.  The Zone is doing awesome!  The work in all of the wards is starting to pick up and as a result our Zone is starting to work a lot harder.  The unity in the Zone is really good.  It's been good ever since one of our Zone members accidentally hit is head with a stick while playing capture the flag and as a result he had to get 3 staples in his head.  The Zone was super awesome while we were dealing with what happened to him.  Elder Connor (the one who hit his head) is doing really good, he has recovered really good from the injury.  

I love all of you so much.  Thank you so much for all the prayers. 

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 44 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

April 6, 2015

This last week was really good.  We went out and just worked hard, and it seemed like every night I was just absolutely beat.  It was super awesome feeling that way.  We had to go down to Rancho Cucamonga for MLC (Mission Leader Conference) and that meeting was super long, but, was super good.  We had to be down at the mission office at 11am and the meeting went till 4pm, and we had to stay for another hour because one of the Elders we were carpooling with had an interview with the Mission President.  So, we ended up getting back up the Hill at 6pm.  It was just a super long day.  

We also got up on Saturday at 4:30am to go and see a blood moon, and it was totally not worth it.  It didn't even turn red it maybe got a very, very, very orange red.  It was totally not worth it.

General Conference was awesome.  All of the talks were great.  I loved how we got to hear such powerful testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ.  One of my favorite talks was Elder Holland's talk.  I loved the story he shared to start off his talk.  Here it is:

"Without safety ropes, harnesses, or climbing gear of any kind, two brothers—Jimmy, age 14, and John, age 19 (though those aren’t their real names)—attempted to scale a sheer canyon wall in Snow Canyon State Park in my native southern Utah. Near the top of their laborious climb, they discovered that a protruding ledge denied them their final few feet of ascent. They could not get over it, but neither could they now retreat from it. They were stranded. After careful maneuvering, John found enough footing to boost his younger brother to safety on top of the ledge. But there was no way to lift himself. The more he strained to find finger or foot leverage, the more his muscles began to cramp. Panic started to sweep over him, and he began to fear for his life.
Unable to hold on much longer, John decided his only option was to try to jump vertically in an effort to grab the top of the overhanging ledge. If successful, he might, by his considerable arm strength, pull himself to safety.
In his own words, he said:
“Prior to my jump I told Jimmy to go search for a tree branch strong enough to extend down to me, although I knew there was nothing of the kind on this rocky summit. It was only a desperate ruse. If my jump failed, the least I could do was make certain my little brother did not see me falling to my death.
“Giving him enough time to be out of sight, I said my last prayer—that I wanted my family to know I loved them and that Jimmy could make it home safely on his own—then I leapt. There was enough adrenaline in my spring that the jump extended my arms above the ledge almost to my elbows. But as I slapped my hands down on the surface, I felt nothing but loose sand on flat stone. I can still remember the gritty sensation of hanging there with nothing to hold on to—no lip, no ridge, nothing to grab or grasp. I felt my fingers begin to recede slowly over the sandy surface. I knew my life was over.
“But then suddenly, like a lightning strike in a summer storm, two hands shot out from somewhere above the edge of the cliff, grabbing my wrists with a strength and determination that belied their size. My faithful little brother had not gone looking for any fictitious tree branch. Guessing exactly what I was planning to do, he had never moved an inch. He had simply waited—silently, almost breathlessly—knowing full well I would be foolish enough to try to make that jump. When I did, he grabbed me, held me, and refused to let me fall. Those strong brotherly arms saved my life that day as I dangled helplessly above what would surely have been certain death.”

So, this morning Elder Russell and I were watching the mormon message "Mountains to Climb," and while watching it I remembered a story from the past.  The story I remembered is about Eli.  The story is: One day I don't remember how long ago, Dad was getting ready to go and he couldn't find the keys to the car so he started to get super frustrated, so everyone was looking for the keys.  Dad wasn't getting any happier. I remember Eli just going off, I just thought that he was going off to check some other spot.  Dad found the keys and then Eli came back and said that he went and said a prayer that Dad would find the keys.  Well, we knew how it was that Dad had found the keys.  While I was thinking about that story I learned that acting on a twig of faith can do a lot.  Eli did something that I didn't even think to do, and because of that Dad found his keys.  We need to remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have put all of their trust in us and we need to do our best to live up to it. Just remember the story that Elder Holland started his talk off with.  That made me think of this, that we sometimes tell Jesus Christ to go and find a branch knowing that there aren't any branches, and Jesus Christ, just as the brother did, doesn't move and just waits for us to try and make the jump so He can be there to catch us.  He never leaves us no matter what.  Jesus Christ is at our side during us following him and during us not following him. 

I love all of you so much.

Love,
 
Elder Peter H. Niceler  

Week 43 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

March 30, 2015

So, my first week of being a Zone Leader and being in my new area was awesome! We were super busy.  There wasn't one day that we were lost as to what to do.  We were out every night till 9, and we would plan till 10.  It was crazy.  

Then, we had an MLC (Mission Leader Conference) which is when the Zone Leaders and the Sister Training Leaders go to the mission office and get trained on things by the Mission President and the Assistants to the President.  But, this time we got trained by Elder Nielson who is a member of the 70.  He talked to us about the Atonement and talked to us about what's going on at the Mission headquarters for the church. We talked about what we learned from two talks he had us read that were given by Elder David A. Bednar on the Atonement.  From those two talks we learned that it is necessary for us to have trials.  Without them we would have no spiritual traction, and we learned that the Atonement is for more than just for the mistakes we make. We learned that it's also for helping us change who we are.  We know from a quote from President David O. Mckay that "The gospel is for making bad men good...and making good men better." Elder Nielson asked me, "How do we use the Atonement to change who we are?"  I told him that, "We just live the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If we do that everything else just falls into place.  We will naturally start changing who we are."  

He also told us how they chose where missionaries are called to serve.  He said it usually happens on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and what happens is, one of the Twelve Apostles or member of the First Presidency and a member of the Seventy go into the room that is set apart for calling missionaries, they will have a picture of the missionary and what he/she wrote on one tv screen and all the missions on another tv screen.  They will read what the missionary wrote, what the Bishop said, and what the Stake President said.  They will then pray and choose a mission and then they will pray again and see if it feels right for that missionary to go to that mission.  They will do that until they have chosen the one they feel is right.  That will then be sent to President Thomas S. Monson.  He will then look at it and either approve it or have it sent back if he thinks that it's not the right mission.  If he approves it he then signs it and it is sent to the boy or girl.

Elder Nielson talked to us a ton about the fact that we need to ask for trials.  Trials are given to us for us to be able to stretch and grow.  He told us about the talk Spencer W. Kimball gave right after he came back from being away for awhile.  He told us that everyone was shocked with what he said.  President Kimball said: "Give me this mountain."  We all need to have this attitude with receiving trials.  If we have this attitude we will receive trials, but the Lord will be there to help us through the trials.  He won't take it all away from us, but, He will lighten our burden. 

My testimony:  "I'm so grateful that I have the knowledge that Jesus Christ lives, and that He died for us.  I know, as I know that all of you know, that He lives.  Because He lives, we too will all live with Him again one day.  Because of Him, we can be changed, we can become like Him.  When the Savior beckoned Peter and His disciples and said, "Come follow me," He was telling them to follow Him as well as to become like Him.  I know that He lives and loves each and everyone of us.  He knows exactly how we all feel.  I love and pray for all of you everyday.  In the name of our brother, Jesus Christ, Amen."

I love all of you so much, keep up the good work you are all doing.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler 



My Planner

To give you an idea of what my planner looks like on the inside . . . 
here's a picture of one of our days last week and what we had planned.


Week 42 -- 2nd Area -- 4th Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

March 23, 2015

I'm now a Zone Leader!!!!  I'm now in a car, which is super nice.  I'm glad that I won't be biking everyday.  I'm going back to Hesperia, but, this time I'll be in a different Zone, Zone B.  My new companion, Elder Russell, so far seems to be super awesome.  He's only been a Zone Leader for one transfer!  He's from Utah (I have no idea where in Utah) I'll figure out where and tell you.  He's been out for 14 months and he loves to run.  So, we're gonna start going on runs in the morning.  I'm super excited about that.

Well, I was District Leader for just one transfer and I have to say I loved being one.  My last week in the Ranchos Ward was a good week.  We went out and worked hard and just had a great week.  It seemed like everyday we'd come home and be wiped out, and all we'd want to do is plan for the next day and then just go right to bed.  And it seemed like we were never getting enough sleep.  Two days of last week I slept straight through the 6:30am alarm and I was woken up by the 7:00am alarm.  So, that was a little frustrating.  Our investigator, Jacob, will be getting baptized on April 4th and I'll be able to go back and be there for it.  So I'm super excited for that.

The church has come out with another initiative called He Lives #HeLives.  On the 27th of this month there will be a video that you can watch by going to helives.mormon.org.  It's gonna be super awesome.  This Saturday, the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders have a meeting to talk about this initiative as well.  We will have the opportunity to be taught by a 70.  It's gonna be super awesome.  The name of the 70 who is coming is  Elder Brent H. Nielson.

I've been thinking and teaching a lot about the need for everyone, investigators, less-actives, and members to gain a personal witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church.  We need this witness if we are to be converted to this gospel.  Elder D. Todd Christofferson said that relying on ones testimony will only take you so far.  We learn in Matthew the importance of gaining a personal witness from the Holy Ghost. It says in Matthew 16:13-18,  
     13 Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
     14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the
          prophets.
     15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
     16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
     17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not 
          revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.   
We know that even after receiving that witness Peter denied knowing Christ.  But, because he did he later became a faithful servant of the Lord.  I pray that each and every one of you seek to gain this personal witness.  I love all of you.

Love, 
Elder Peter H. Niceler


Me & a less active member I worked with.




We played some basketball today.  Here are a few pics....






A bunch of pics I took just for fun! :)














Week 41 -- 2nd Area -- 4th Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

March 16, 2015

This last week was pretty good.  We saw everyone that we wanted to and it ended up being really good.  Our investigator, Jacob,  is doing really good, he's progressing so much.  He loves having us come over. 

I've been thinking about a lot of things lately.  There is one thing that has really stuck in my mind and it's this.  Elder Haglund and I had a really good companionship inventory, and I said something pretty profound to him.  I said this "Elder Haglund, Elder Fullmer (another missionary) changed your mission, I want to change your mission even more."  As I thought about what I said I came to realize one thing.  That our Heavenly Father is saying the same thing to us.  He's saying I've changed your life now, and I want to change it even more.  I also realized another thing, what I realized is that the gospel of Jesus Christ can heal people through the atonement of Jesus Christ.  But, it can only heal them if they are living the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

I'll share one quick story from this week.  Elder Haglund and I were walking back to our house and we saw this girl walking so, we waved at her and she waved back and said, "Hi."  So, we said "Hi" back and then just kept walking.  Once we'd passed her both of us turned and said "WOW!!! She's hot!" and we still continued to walk.  As I was thinking I started to feel really bad that we didn't talk to her more. So, Elder Haglund and I decided that we would go back to our house get a drink and then head back out to go and find her.  So, we went and walked to where we saw her and kept walking thinking she was just a little bit ahead.  We got to one point and decided that she'd not gone this direction so we turned around and turned down another street.  After not finding her on that street we decided to go back home.  While walking back home we ran into her and it took us a bit to build the courage to talk with her.  So, we let her pass us once and then decided to go and talk with her.  Well, she walked up to this house and we weren't just going to stop and wait for her so we decided to contact this guy who was walking so we did and that went well we gave him a mormon.org card, and let him keep on going.  Talking with him didn't take long enough, so, we walked by her and then paused to send a text and she walked by us and we started talking to her.  It was super awesome.  We found out that her dad investigated the church a long time ago and that he was pretty into it.  He didn't get baptized though.  We kept talking to her and found out that she didn't live anywhere near our area and then she said she'd take anything we'd had.  So, we gave her a restoration pamphlet and a mormon.org card and gave an overview of what was in the pamphlet.  In us going and talking to her, it made me realize that it is way easier to talk to people than I make it seem.  But this made my week. 

My cousin, Julianna, asked me what I really like (as a missionary) that members do.  My answer to her was, "I love it when members come to us with questions and concerns they have about sharing the gospel.  The thing that members don't seem to realize is that we're normal people.  They all seem to think that we are perfect at doing the work, when, that isn't true at all.  I also love it when members just try to become friends with those we're teaching, and, also when they come up and introduce themselves to our investigators at church."

I love all of you so much, I pray for you daily.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler




My Zone



Pics in front of our apartment.





Pics inside our apartment.




Making eggs for breakfast this morning.



Week 40 -- 2nd Area -- 4th Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

March 9, 2015

Nothing new, except for I haven't had to do District Meeting, after tomorrow, for two weeks.  We had an unexpected Zone Meeting, which was requested by President Hobbs, to help us better prepare for the Mission Fast which is tomorrow.  And tomorrows Zone Meeting is normal.  We usually do Zone Meetings the second Tuesday of every month.

Last week was a pretty good week.  We saw Jacob, our 9 yr. old investigator, 3 times and he is doing awesome.  We set a baptismal date with him for April 4th.  And he is super excited for that.  A less-active we've been teaching for awhile now came to church, because he took the weekend off for his anniversary.  That was super awesome seeing him there.  Karl, our recent convert, got church clothes, which a member paid for.  The member asked us to go with him and help him pick out what he needed.  So, we did, and that was super awesome.   Come to find out...apparently, I have no idea how to shop for church clothes.  We were putting him in all the wrong size pants.  Luckily, someone came and helped us.  And to top it off he passed the sacrament on Sunday and did a great job! One recent convert that we teach is coming up on his year mark and has made plans to go to the temple and be sealed to his wife.  They are super excited.  Elder Haglund had his birthday on Sunday and he turned 20.  He is now no longer a teenager he's officially now an adult.  He seemed to have a pretty good b-day.  Our ward mates Sister Wihongi & Sister Cornett dropped by while we were home and sang to him and gave him a present (which consisted of stuff they found around their house).  I absolutely love our ward mates they are awesome.  The Lee family, who are the ones that we are teaching their 9 yr. old son, surprised E. Haglund with a surprise birthday party.  That was super awesome.  They are an awesome family.

 I've been thinking a lot lately about how much I've changed on my mission, and what I've come to realize is that I've changed a ton.  My knowledge of this gospel is so much greater.  And one thing I've been thinking about is back home there was no way I could teach the gospel the way I do now.  I've also realized that I put myself in situations in which I never would've put myself in back home.  And because of that I've grown so much.  This gospel is absolutely amazing.  It's so simple, all Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ ask us to do is live five principles, and to obey the commandments they've given.  They don't ask us to do anything else.  It's Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End that get us back to our Heavenly Father.  It's just those five things.  This gospel is simple, no one would make it back if it was complicated.  I also have come to realize that I love the Savior so much more than I did before my mission.  I constantly find myself trying to find ways to change and put myself more in alignment with the Savior.  Something that Elder Russell M. Nelson said when he came and spoke at the MTC while I was there is this, "True conversion is repentance, true repentance is conversion."  It is so true.  If we are converting ourselves to this gospel then we will be repenting to help us grow closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and if we're repenting all the time then we are converting ourselves to the gospel.

Remember that praying will always help.  There is a lot of power behind prayer!

Here's a poem about a missionary I think you'll enjoy.


He's Been There Before 

by Elder Whittle

The alarm bell rings at 6:30, I stumble to my feet
I grab my companions bedding and pull off his sheets


A groan fills the room, is it already time to arise?
It seems like just a second ago, I was able to shut my eyes
The morning activities follow- study, prayer and such
When it's time to leave the apartment, you feel you haven't accomplished much



"We have a super day planned,"
My comp. says with a grin
I lowly utter a faithless breath,
"Yeah, if anyone lets us in."



With the word of God and my faithful Schwinn, we ride off in the street prepared to
Face another day of humidity and heat
It's 9:30 in the evening, the day is almost through
My champion and I are riding home not accomplishing what we thought to do



We ride up to the mailbox, hoping to receive a lot
Only to look inside and hear my echo reverberate "air Box"
We go up to our apartment, the day is now complete
The only thing to show for our work is a case of blistery feet



It's past 10:30 p.m. My companion is fast asleep,
Silence engulfs me all about and I begin to weep
In the midst of sadness, I kneel down to pray
I need to talk to father, but I'm not sure what to say



"Oh, Father" I begin, "What happened to us today?
I thought we'd teach somebody, but everyone was away
My hands, my aching hands- worn, hurt and beat;
If our area was any smaller, we'd have knocked every street"



"Why on missions are the days so much alike?
The only difference about today was the flat tire on my bike
Will you send some cooler weather? The heat is killing me
I sweat so bad, it gets in my eyes, it's very hard to see"



"Why do I have to wear a helmet, isn't your protection enough?
People always laugh at me, and call me stupid stuff
Please send us investigators so I may give them what they lack
I want to give them Books of Mormon, the weight of them hurts my back"



"And what about my family: They don't have much to say
I'm sick of not hearing from home day after day after day
Oh Father, Why am I here am I just wasting time?
Sometimes I just want to go home, I'm sorry but that's on my mind"



"My companion, Heavenly Father, what are you giving me?"
The way he rides his bicycle, I don't think he can see
Now you have it, I can't go on, I don't know what to do
That, my Father in Heaven, is the prayer I have for you"



My prayer now finished, I stand up, then jump right into bed
I need my rest for tomorrow, we have another long day ahead
Sleep start to overtake me, I seem to drift away
Then it seems a vision takes me to another time in another day



I'm standing alone on the hill. The view is very nice
A man walks to wards me and says, "My name is Jesus Christ"
Tears of joy well up inside, I fall down to His feet
"Arise," He states, "Follow me to the shade. You and I need to speak"



My attention's towards my Savior, total and complete
He says, "Your mission is similar of what happened to me
I understand how you feel, I know what you're going through
In fact, it would be fair to say I've felt the same as you"



"I even know how you felt when no one listened to you
At times I felt not quite sure what else I could do
I know you don't like to ride a bicycle, for you a car would be sweet
Just remember the donkey I rode wasn't equipped with 21 speeds"



"I understand you don't like sweating, in fact it's something you hate
I remember when I sweat blood from ev’ry pore, oh the agony was great!
I see you don't like your companion- you'd rather have someone else-
I once had a companion named Judas who sold my life for wealth"



"It's hard to wear a helmet and have people make fun of you
I remember when they put thorns on my head and called me King of the Jews
So you feel burdened down by the weight of your pack
I recall how heavy the cross was when they slammed it on my back"



"Your hands hurt from tracting and knocking on doors all day
I guess when they pounded nails into mine, I ached in a similar way
It's hard not to hear from home when your family's not there to see
I lost communication on the cross and cried, "Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?"



"We have a lot in common, but there's a difference between us you see
I endured to the end and finished my mission, so follow and do like me"
He embraced me with His arms and His light filled me with His love
With tears in my eyes I watched as He went back to the Father above



I stood with awe and wonder when a beep rang in my head
I listened and heard the alarm, then realized I was in my bed
My companion let out a groan, "6:30 already, no way!"
I sat up and said, "Come on, I'll even carry your scriptures today!"



No matter what we go through,
When we feel we can't take more
Just stop and think about Jesus Christ,
He's been there before!



By Elder Troy Whittle
Texas Houston Mission

I love and appreciate all of you.  You are in my prayers everyday.

Love,
Elder Peter H. Niceler  



Week 39 -- 2nd Area -- 4th Companion -- Apple Valley, CA

March 2, 2015

I got to see Richard, my very first new convert, and his family on Saturday!  They took me and my companion to lunch.  Richard and I keep in touch through email, so, I'd gotten his number from him and we set up a time to meet in Hesperia.  Hesperia is actually only 10-15 minutes from Apple Valley.  See the pics below.  Richard's son, Christian, made me something out of Legos.  It was really good to see them!  I'm also sending a bunch of pics I took for fun!

Love,

Elder Niceler


Lunch with Richard & his family



Me & Christian & his Lego creation for me




Bunch of pics outside our apartment













My first attempts at getting a pic of me in the air.






Inside our apartment.