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


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.


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.)