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


Week 52 -- 3rd Area -- 5th Companion -- Hesperia, CA

June 1, 2015

This last week was just a super awesome week!  We were doing really good and then Thursday rolled around.  It was going good and then Elder Russell said, "We're gonna go and try this person, but, before them we're gonna knock all their neighbors' doors."  So, I said, "Okay."  So, we went and did it and when we got out of the car, man, Elder Russell was walking at a jogging pace.  And, to be honest, I didn't want to walk that fast.  So, I just let him walk and he'd have to wait for me to catch up every time before knocking.  Well, we found one person that said that we could come back, and that was it.  We tried the less-active member and no one was home, so, we went and tracted a few more houses and then we went to the car and went to dinner.  Well, Elder Russell's fast walking continued for the rest of the day and I just couldn't bring myself to tell him.  So, we went on the rest of the day and we got to teach a less-active member that we'd been trying to teach for a while and the lesson went well.

That night at planning Elder Russell let me know why he decided to tract and also why he was walking so fast.  And so I let him know how I felt about that, and that led to us just having a debate about what we should do.  Well, that didn't end very well for us.  It led to us not being super happy toward each other and led to us sitting in silence for 30-45 minutes.  We finally talked and we decided that it was time for us to make some big changes to who we are as missionaries.  So, I said "It's time for us to really live the gospel, to do the things we tell everyone to do."  Well, that helped and we still talked for a long time after it.  Elder Russell told me that he was struggling.  So I did what I could to help him.  

Well, needless to say, we are doing great now.  We've both really felt the gospel working in us since we recommitted ourselves to living the gospel on Thursday.  I've seen huge changes in me.  I've had a desire to go tracting, which is something that I normally don't have because I hate tracting.  But, I've just had a desire to go out and work hard.  I've learned that if you really try and live the gospel that it really does change you.  The Lord is always there for us at all times.

Well, the week, after Thursday, was pretty rough.  We didn't teach any lessons after Thursday.  It was just rough, but, I would have to say we probably grew the most those days.  It was awesome.  We also re-listened to all of the conference talks and it took us just under week to listen to all 32 talks.  This last general conference was awesome!!!

This week that we've just started should be a really good week for us we have a few appointments set up with potential investigators.  We're super excited to be able to teach these two people. 

Thank you so much for everything that y'all do.  Keep being awesome.  I love all of you so very much.  Have a great week!

Elder Peter H. Niceler