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

Email: pniceler@myldsmail.net

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! :)