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 59 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

July 20, 2015

Well this last week was a super good week for us.  We found a new investigator and he is super awesome.  He runs track for the local high school and is super good. He's currently the best in his region.  He absolutely loves the gospel.  The first lesson with Gianni (his name) we were all over the place.  We didn't really explain things super simply, and because of that we had a hard time committing him to baptism.  By the end of the lesson he said yes to being baptized.  But, it was all because of the member we brought to the lesson, Jesse who is actually one of Gianni's friends.  Jesse totally saved the lesson.  I turned to him and asked him to say everything we taught during that lesson in 10 sentences or less and he did it and it was super powerful!  Our next lesson with him happened on splits and I was with another member and we went back over the first lesson and we just really simply taught it and that helped out a ton.  So, that's Gianni.

This last week, for me personally, was tough.  I had a hard time feeling like a missionary and feeling the spirit.  I also had a hard time talking with people.  It seemed like everyone we talked with Elder Russell would talk most of the time and I would just say a few things here and there.  So, that was super hard and discouraging for me.  

But, once again, I learned that if we turn everything over to the Lord things get better.  I started to do that closer to the end of the week.  Once I did that I found myself being a lot happier, and I found myself feeling more like a missionary.  I still struggled with talking to people, but, it was made a little bit easier to carry.  There is a scripture in Mosiah 24: 15 (this is found in The Book of Mormon) which says:

"And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions."

I know that to be true.  The Lord is always with us when we are going through a hard time.  The hard part is using the load (trial) to give us spiritual traction.  I've come to know that the Savior is always there for us.  He paid the price so that we could change and grow.

I was reading in preach my gospel today and this sentence really struck me.  It says: "Jesus did not eliminate our personal responsibility.  He forgives our sins and helps us through hard times when we accept Him, repent, and obey his commandments."  (Preach My Gospel pg. 61  here is  the link: 
https://www.lds.org/manual/preach-my-gospel-a-guide-to-missionary-service/lesson-3-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)  That is so true!  All it takes is for us to realize we need His help and to get His help.  All it takes is for us to submit to His will and for us to live His gospel.  It's so simple, but yet so hard for us.  

I can testify to you that if we just do the simple things that all will be made easy.  I love the Lord and I strive with all of my heart to follow Him and to become like Him.  Becoming like the Savior is the only way for us to return and live with Him. 

I love all of you so much.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 58 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

July 13, 2015

Things are going way good! Elder Russell and I are doing really good.  We've started to figure things out.  We just go out and work really hard.  It's helped out a ton.

Super glad to hear that Mary Alice has made a new friend with the new move ins across the street. Super glad that they hit it off really well the first time.  And that's super awesome to hear that the Tate's are loving the Ward.  I saw Elder Tate at the beginning of this transfer and we talked about his family moving into the Ward.  We were both super excited and we both couldn't help but laugh at the fact that it actually happened!

This last week was a pretty good week.  Our investigator Cruz, who had a baptismal date for July 18th,  dropped us .  But, it's okay, he'll eventually get baptized.  So, the week turned into us going out and finding a lot of new people to teach.  We found a pretty good amount of people that said that we could come back. The only thing is we're not to sure how interested they really are, so we'll find out when we go back by to see them.  Other than that, the week was pretty good.  We didn't really do much of anything else. 

Things are going super good with our Zone.  As a Zone, we set a goal of 17 baptisms for the next six month.  After we set this goal all of the key indicators (numbers) went up a ton.  Our Zone is just doing a super good job at going out and working hard.  It's awesome to see what an inspired goal can really do to motivate you!  The zone has just done a super good job at going out and working really hard.

Thanks for all that you do.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 57 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

July 6, 2015

Well, this last week was a pretty up and down week.  We were doing great until Thursday, and that's when we got into a disagreement that led to us being frustrated with each other for pretty much the rest of the day.  Friday I'd decided to move past it and not worry about it.  All I cared about Friday was making Friday the best day.  It ended up being super hard because Elder Russell was still down.  I tried my best and I ended up having to drag him around for a little bit.  But, by the end of the day I was stressed out and frustrated, and I was just about ready to give up and just let things go how they were going.   Saturday, I got up and didn't even feel like trying to help the situation.  So, I was just in a bad attitude all day.  It was super hard, though, because no one was out and the people that were didn't want to talk with us.  Sunday ended up being a good day for us.  We ended up having to finish planning some things which ended up taking a long time.  So, we were inside pretty much for the entire day.  

The best thing about last week was that we found two new investigators.  We found a mom and her daughter and they both were pretty interested and seemed to have a pretty sincere desire to learn more and do what we'd ask them to do. They asked some really good questions and we just taught super well together that lesson.  It was super awesome.  

Well, that pretty much sums it up for the week.  I'm doing good now.  Things just a got a little tough and I didn't feel like dealing with them last week.  

Thanks for all that you do.  

Love,

Elder Niceler