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 98 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

May 2, 2016

This last week was a good week. It ended on a really good note.  Our investigator, Jordan, was baptized. It was an awesome experience. The baptism went really good. Jordan had a few doubts, concerns, whatever you want to call them come up. We had to go over to his house and help him overcome the trial he was faced with. It was a spiritually draining experience. It was intense, Elder Coombs and I had no idea what to say or what to do. In the end things went good and he was baptized. Jordan ended up being late to his baptism because his key to his apartment broke off in his door. It was just a crazy day for Jordan. Then on Sunday his six year old son, Elijah, had a hard time getting ready for church and getting out the door, so Jordan was late to Sacrament Meeting.  But, he was confirmed. It was a crazy weekend for Jordan.  Our week consisted a lot of us doing things in preparation for the baptism. 

Our family of seven is doing really good.  The Dad told us that he knows that this is where his family needs to be.  He also told us that we are starting to get through to his wife, which is super awesome. The rest of our investigators are doing really good. They are progressing well and are doing what they need to. 

I love all of you so much. Thank you so much for the prayers and for all that you guys do.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

P.S. Here is a picture of Elder Coombs and I with Jordan Owen and his son Elijah


Week 97 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

April 25, 2016

We were out walking & this guy was moving & he asked us if we wanted to hold his snakes............ so we did!





This is the Korean church. I thought Dad would like it, I also wanted to see if he could read it.

Week 96 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

April 18, 2016

This last week, was a slower week for us. We didn't teach very much. Our investigator Jordan is doing super good. He is totally ready for his baptismal date of April 30th. We went through the baptismal interview questions with him and he answered them all correct. The spirit was so strong in that lesson. 

Sally is doing good.  The divorce will be final this upcoming Friday.  The following week she and her boyfriend will be married and then the week after that she'll be baptized. 

Our family of seven are doing good. They are just really hard to get in with. We set up an appointment and then when we show up they end up being busy or can't do it for some reason. They've been a little frustrating just for that reason. The Mom is more open to it, she told us that she loves it. 

That's pretty much it, we've just been doing a ton of finding. I think that the last two years of missionary work are finally catching up with me because, this last week and today I've been physically and mentally drained. It feels awesome, but it makes it hard to work. 

I love all of you so much!

Love,


Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 95 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

April 11, 2016

My one and only week 7 was pretty good. It had its ups and downs but overall it was really good. The work here in Barstow continues to hasten, it's truly amazing to witness this. I cannot believe that I've now started my last transfer in the mission. It's a sad and exciting moment for me. 

The most promising person we are teaching is a guy named Jordan. We've been teaching him for about a month now and things are going really good. He loves having us over and just soaks up everything we teach him. He continues to express to us how he wants to be baptized. We have a date with him for April 23rd, but, we are thinking of moving it to the 30th just to give him a little bit more time to prepare.  

The other investigator that is super solid that we are teaching is a woman named Sally. She just loves the gospel and wants to be baptized. We have a baptismal date with her for May 7th. She would already be baptized if it wasn't for the divorce papers that we are waiting on for her boyfriend Michael, everything with that will be final on the 22nd of this month. 

Things are going really good here in Barstow. We also have a family of 7 kids that we are teaching that are doing really good, we don't have a date with them for their baptism just yet because we are waiting for the Dad to have Sunday's off again. 

I love all of you so much!!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 94 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

April 4, 2016

This will be the only week 7 email for a transfer ever! 

This last week was very busy.  We have been seeing our family of eight kids everyday. They are doing super good. They love having us over and the kids go crazy when we pull up. They have an amazing desire to learn and follow the Savior. 

Our investigator, Jordan, is also doing really good. He is just a sponge when it comes to learning the gospel, he just soaks up everything we teach and just has really good conversations with us. 

General conference was amazing! A lot of things stuck out to me.  The biggest thing, though, was the importance of enduring to the end by developing the habits of scripture study and prayer, and all of the other small and simple things. 

I'm going to be sending pictures. Most of them are from our P-Day activity to Calico, which is a tourist attraction. It's a ghost town. The coolest thing that they have there is a house that is on a 45 degree angle. So we are standing up straight, while standing at a 45 degree angle. 

I love all of you so much!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler


P-Day Activity in Calico








We really are standing up straight!


These are of me sitting in a chair in the house at a 45 degree angle.
You cannot get up if you don't use your hands.


Week 93 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

March 28, 2016

Well, this last week was pretty good for us. We taught a lot of people and we were able to see most of our investigators who are all doing really good. 

The highlight of the week for us was finding a family of nine kids. This family is super awesome, the kids absolutely love us, the Dad is really interested, and the mom is coming around to it. We taught them twice and the kids just listen so intently and are always wanting to read. When we had the second lesson the kids had found a Book of Mormon app for their tablets that they were using. It was awesome to see their excitement for the gospel. 

We've just been really focusing on our investigators and helping them to progress, since we've done that we've really seen a difference in our investigators. 

It continues to become realer and realer that I really am going home. I can't believe that I'm going to be in my last transfer in two weeks. Also if you didn't know since this transfer is a 7 week transfer, I will be getting home on May 23rd, which is a week later than it was initially going to be, but I'm totally fine with that because I now get to serve a full two years. I love all of you so much!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler  

Week 92 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

March 21, 2016

Things are going really good! We had a harder time this last week with getting members to come with us to lessons. But, the lessons that we taught were really good. 

The family of seven that we are teaching is doing really good. We had a really good lesson with them, we were able to set a baptismal date with them for April 30th!!!!! We are teaching so many people that need the gospel and are ready to accept it. 

Being here in Barstow has really been a humbling experience, seeing so many people who are living in such poor circumstances. It's made me grateful that I've been raised in a family that does have the gospel in their life and that I have two parents that have strong testimonies of the gospel. 

We are doing great, just teaching and finding and bringing others unto Christ. I absolutely love this work and if I could I would be a missionary the rest of my life. 

I pray for all of you everyday!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 91 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

March 14, 2016

This last week was a good week! We were able to teach a ton of people and help them to draw closer to the Savior.   I've done so much teaching and missionary work here in Barstow that I feel like that I've been here, in Barstow, for 3 months not 3 weeks. 

The week ended with the wonderful opportunity of having Elder David A. Bednar speak to us. It was an amazing meeting. He didn't lecture us, all he did was ask us questions and had us give responses and then he would expound on what we said. He then did a question and answer. It was so spiritually packed. The thing that I took from the meeting was that we must do all that we can to keep our light brightly lit. And that whenever it dims or goes out it is our fault for not doing what we need to. He was very blunt with us and told us that he hates when people say they don't have time. He told us that every single person on this earth has the same amount of time each day. He counseled us to give equal if not more time to the Lord as we do with all of the worldly things. He also said that "When you turn off the light in a room that of course you are going to bump into things." What he taught is so true, we need to make sure that we are doing all that we can to keep our light brightly lit. 

Continue doing the things that you are doing and do more. We must never give up. 

I love all of you so much!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 89 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

March 2, 2016

Thank you for the pictures mom! I l absolutely loved them! 

Things here in Barstow are awesome! We are teaching a ton of people, and it's pretty hard at keeping track of everyone. One of the highlights of the week was we taught this family that is super awesome! They have seven kids and most are under the age of ten. But, they are super prepared and they are looking to do what is right. We also have a couple, Camille and Everett that we are teaching that are super prepared as well. Everything that we teach them they do, they both quit smoking and agreed to be baptized on the 16th of April. We are teaching so many people it's hard to explain everything. To put it into perspective, we taught 7 member presents (seven lessons taught to an investigator with a member present), and 7 other lessons, as well as 5 Less Active lessons. We found 6 new investigators. We are teaching a ton! I love it so much, it's great having so much work to do. 

Well, my companion's name is Elder Coombs, he's from Rifle, Colorado. He's been out for 10 months. He's a good hard working missionary that just wants to do what the Lord wants him to. 

I'm gonna be sending you some pictures soon. I love you guys so much!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler


Here is a pic of the last District I was over before transferring to Barstow.



Me and my companion Elder Coombs








Pictures of the District I'm in now. We are all in Barstow. This was right after our temple trip.





These are of me and Elder Plymell. He was my MTC companion.




Week 88 -- 6th Area -- 10th Companion -- Barstow, CA

February 22, 2016

I'm no longer in Spring Valley Lakes! It's a bit sad not being there anymore. I'm now up in Barstow. 

Holy Cow we are way far away from people! We are extremely far away from everyone in our Zone and apparently we don't go down at all. The only time we go down is for Zone Meetings. It's crazy how far away we are. 

The work up here, though, is on fire! We have a ton of investigators and there's a ton of people that we are working with starting to teach. It's super awesome. We have Wardmates and they are super awesome! One of them is my MTC companion Elder Plymell. It's great to finally be able to serve around him. 

My new companion is Elder Coombs.  For the brief time that I've been with him he seems to be a really good missionary and a good guy. I'll have more to tell you next week about him. 

My last week in Spring Valley Lakes was super good!  We found a new investigator and she seems to be super solid! She told us before we even started teaching her that she wants to be baptized. I'm sad that I had to leave, but, I'm grateful that I'm leaving the area the way that it is. I'm extremely grateful that Heavenly Father placed me in Spring Valley Lakes, serving in Spring Valley Lakes has changed my mission. 

I'm doing great, and I love all of you so much!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler



Me & Elder Carver sitting together.


Selfie of Elder Carver and I, we did a bit of biking for the last half of our transfer together.




 Me & my former companion, Elder Carver, & our Wardmates, Elder Porritt and Elder Hulet


Me & my former companion, Elder Carver, & our Ward Mission Leader and his wife, 
Brother & Sister Stewart

Week 87 -- 5th Area -- 9th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

February 15, 2016

Things are going good! Our investigator Brian is doing really good! He came to church and he really enjoyed it. Other than that things have been tough.  The area is still really slow. We're just doing what we can to work hard and trust the Lord. 

This last Saturday Elder Carver and I had a really good meeting/conversation that has truly changed my mission. We just talked about a lot of things. One of the things that has really come to me is I feel a very strong love for my Savior. Love for the Lord is what should drive all of us in all that we do especially in sharing the gospel. Feeling this love will change your life. Ever since that day things have been pretty tough for me. Satan is trying really hard right now to stop me. He sure is really good at his job. I'm doing all that I can to not let him win. 

I've come to learn and gain a testimony of the power of prayer. I've witnessed time and time again prayers being answered. This last week I witnessed one. One of my ward mates Elder Hulet had a life changing and mission changing experience. Beforehand he'd been struggling with obedience and being committed to our purpose as missionaries. I said many prayers that he would have an experience that would change him, and it happened. 

This transfer I've really come to love all of the missionaries in my District. It has really changed me and it's elevated me to a higher plan. I'm truly the best missionary that I've ever been and the best District Leader. "Pure Christlike Love can change the world" --- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. That quote is so true! Our relationship with our Father in Heaven is so important, we need to be praying to him daily. A strong relationship with him is essential! I learned from Elder Porritt (the other one of our ward mates), how to truly pray. He told us that we don't know how to pray, and he meant everyone including him. He said he starts his prayers off by sitting there in silence for around a minute. He then starts his prayer and the first thing he says is "Heavenly Father I don't know how to pray, I ask that thou will guide this prayer." He goes on to say everything that comes to his mind. I tried this and Wow! It really makes saying prayers a powerful experience, I'd invite all of you to try this out. I'd add one thing before ending your prayer, sit in silence and listen. When you feel like you've received answers, close the prayer. 

Heavenly Father truly knows every single one of his children perfectly.  I've experienced way too much to deny this. Turn to Him, He wants to hear from you. He has so many blessings that He will send to you if you just talk with Him. I learned as well that the way that we overcome our fears is by hope. It's so true! I love all of you so much! Keep being awesome!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 86 -- 5th Area -- 9th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

February 8, 2016

Thanks Mom, for showing me the message from Elder Coburn's Mom.

 (Here's the message my mom shared with me:  I thought you might enjoy this:  Last week I found a message on my facebook messenger that was dated August 29, 2014.  It had been hidden from view because it was in a messages filtered folder.  I happened to notice this messages filtered file after reading a message from someone else and was curious what would be filtered so I clicked on it.  That's when I saw this message:

          08/29/2014, 11:28 pm

          Hi Lori.  I'm LaDawn Coburn, Elder Kyle Coburn's mom.  He was in the MTC with your son.  I just found Elder Niceler's blog and enjoyed reading it.  Love the photos of Kyle too (he's a goofball.).  Kyle was just transferred to Hesperia from the RC Tongan Ward.  I hope the boys get to see each other more often.

I was so embarrassed that I had missed this message!  I replied and explained what had happened.  She replied with a thumbs up.  :)  I also noticed that she is friends with Sister Debbie Christensen, Ethan's mom.  I can't remember if they were in the Ward before you left on your mission.  Dad is their home teacher.  They're a really nice family.  They have 4 boys, 2 who live at home.)

Things have been going pretty good for us. Last week was by far the best week that we had. The weekly planning session that we had for this last week, I felt like setting really high goals, and Elder Carver was totally cool with doing so. The high goals really worked for us. We didn't meet really any of them.  The only one we met was our baptismal date -- one. 

We found a new investigator!!!! His name is Brian and he's a really nice guy. He does though seem to have a bit of a mental disorder that slows down his comprehension. The best part so far of our teaching Brian has been watching him start to recognize the spirit. During the first lesson we asked him how he was feeling and he told us that he felt really happy. It was so awesome!  Then, in our second lesson we followed up on his Book of Mormon reading and he told us that as he reads he feels happy. It's been awesome! Other than that we've just been finding, and I absolutely love it!

I did a full day of just service. It was on exchanges and I realized how much I enjoyed missionary work. I love doing missionary work, there isn't anything else I can see myself doing. 

I'm doing good.  Things, personally, have been tough for me. It's been hard being a District Leader. I just have a tough District to deal with. I've really come to see what pure Christlike love can do, and I have a testimony of the power of prayer. Many of my prayers that I've said for my District members have been answered and I'm still witnessing many of them being answered right now. 

I love you guys and pray for you. I think that I'm good (answering my mom's question if there's anything I need). I could though use some new garments. The ones that I have right now are getting really nasty. That's all that I can think of. If you do send me garments, I would appreciate, if you sent me some shirts that aren't crew neck, we call them the eternal smiles, they are the ones that the neckline dips lower. I would just like a few of those, and then the rest can be the crew neck. Thanks a ton! Love ya!!!

Love, 

Elder Peter H. Niceler 

Week 85 -- 5th Area -- 9th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

February 1, 2016

Things are going good. The work is still really slow, we're just doing a ton of finding and we aren't seeing very much from come from it. 

The week was pretty good, we had two exchanges one with our Zone Leaders, and the other exchange was with some Elders in my District. Both of the exchanges were filled with finding. On Thursday, I had to go to the bathroom so we walked to this gas station so I could go. I went and then Elder Carver had to go so he went in. Just as he was coming out this guy came up to us and started talking to us. The conversation went for a good amount of time. Pretty much all that happened was he attempted to bash us and it didn't work. We sat there quietly and just listened. He was all over the place, and it was just confusing to try and understand what he was talking about. We left the situation, and we both couldn't feel the spirit. So, we decided to say a prayer and the spirit came back right away. 

This whole week we had a huge emphasis on praying. I've said more prayers with Elder Carver than I have with any other companion. We said a prayer pretty much every time we were unsure where to go after taking a break to get water, and just whenever we felt like we should. I really felt the presence of the Lord more in my life. 

During Zone Conference President Hobbs was training us and one thing that he said has stuck with me. He was talking about how we all go through mists of darkness. It's part of us coming here to earth that we go through them. He referenced the story in the January 2016 Ensign called "Finding My Way Through Mists of Darkness." The one thing he said that struck me is that the Lord isn't always sending us trials or just letting us go through them. President Hobbs said, "I think that most days he's protecting us from all of the bad things that could happen to us." When he said that it really hit me, I truly believe that he is doing that. 

Thanks for all of the prayers! 

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 84 -- 5th Area -- 9th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

January 25, 2016

I'm glad to hear that things are going good. 

There was a mission broadcast this week and it was super good. We were trained on some of the fundamentals of Preach My Gospel. It was super good!  One of the things that really stood out to me was how important it is for us to work with the members. They showed us some statistics and when missionaries find through the members a lot more baptisms come from it. We have made plans to start to doing member missionary work. The broadcast was super powerful. It just led into a good week in which we just worked really hard. I never thought I could be so tired by the end of the week, but man I was super tired. It felt really good. 

Elder Carver and I, for a companion study, talked about how we felt about our missions. It was super hard trying to say how we felt.  All I could say was how grateful I am for serving my mission. It's changed me so much. The gospel is so much more important to me than it was before. Before I didn't really see it as an everyday thing. But now I do see it that way. I honestly can't see myself now without living it how I am now. We discussed how we don't want to go backwards, but that we want to continue elevating ourselves. I truly do want that, and I want that for my family as well. As our understanding of the Atonement grows, our desire to share the gospel increases. That is so true, as we feel and experience the Atonement we start to feel the great importance to share it with others. 

Thanks Dad for the advice, I'll definitely start doing those things.  I love you and pray for you and everyone else.

Love,

Peter

Week 83 -- 5th Area -- 9th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

January 18, 2016

Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! I can't believe that I only have three transfers left. My mission is going by way to fast! It's been a blast though, I wouldn't take it back for anything in this world. I've grown to love my Savior so much in these last 20 months. 

Well, this last week was a tough week, we did a lot of finding a had not much success. Our miracle of the week, happened Tuesday night while we were walking around. Elder Carver saw that a car had a light left on.  So, we went up and knocked on the house and we let the person know. We were able to spark a conversation and we were able to get a return appointment. It was super awesome. The Lord blesses those that put their trust in Him. The appointment fell through because the guy was sick. We have plans though to continue following up with him. Other than that it was pretty normal week, we knocked a lot of doors, tried a bunch of potentials, and former investigators. None of them were interested or they weren't home. That's the struggle of our area, no one is ever home, and once it gets dark, which it gets dark at like 5:30 here, everyone goes to bed!  So, we're in the process of building up our teaching pool which is a super slow process. 

I love all of you so much and hope that this week goes great for you. 

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 82 -- 5th Area -- 9th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

January 11, 2016

Well, transfers have happened and I'm staying and Elder McLaws is gone. It's kinda weird not having him anymore. I'm now District Leader again and my new companion is Elder Carver. He's super cool. I've served around him before. I'll have more information on him next week. 

This last week was a super good week, we just did a ton of finding and we saw a ton of success. We should have a good amount of people to be teaching by the end of this week.  The area is doing a lot better and it's slowly progressing to where it needs to be and where I'd like for it to be. 

That pretty much sums up the week.  So, I hope and pray that things continue to go well.  I love all of you so very much.

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

Week 81 -- 5th Area -- 8th Companion -- Spring Valley Lakes, CA

January 4, 2016

Well, this last week was a bit of a rough one for me.  Elder McLaws really struggled and it just overwhelmed me and I got to a point that on Friday he was doing something and I just flipped out and said one thing and that just put the cherry on top. 

It was a typical week for us as far as doing missionary work went.  We just tried a bunch of people and we weren't able to teach any of them.  Most of them were still interested they just asked for sometime to relax and get back to their normal pace of life.  It was just a good week for us.  It was nice being able to come in contact with all of those people. The Lord truly does bless you for the hard work that you put in. 

We went over to our Ward Mission Leader's house last night to get some advice on how to strengthen our relationship and companionship.  He gave us some really good advice that I think will help all of you out a lot.  He turned us to D&C 4. (Below is a copy of the chapter & a link you can follow)

Doctrine & Covenants Section 4
 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance,patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility,diligence.
 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.
link -- https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/4?lang=eng
He told us that if we can get what this section teaches down that things would go really good for us.  He told us that he looks at this section as a covenant.  And after reading it and talking about it it truly does seem like it's a covenant. The Lord in this section sets the terms, we agree to live it, and then, he promises a blessing. The really cool thing that Brother Stewart showed us was that in verse 2 you can replace the word him with anyone (For example: see that you serve your children, Eli, a friend, really anyone that could use service).  It's so true, we need to have the mindset and always be thinking "If the Savior stood beside me would I be doing what I'm doing, saying, etc. right now?"  That mindset changes everything. The last piece of advice that he gave was that we should forgive each other. And for all of you, you should forgive those that have done something to you. He told us that when you forgive someone you need to DROP IT!!!  It's so true, we so often tend to say that we forgave them; when in reality we haven't.  When the Savior forgives us he completely forgets about it and never talks about it with us again. We need to be like the Savior in that way.  The Savior is constantly forgiving people, and a lot of the things are big sins or mistakes. We most likely will never have to forgive those around us for serious mistakes, we are just constantly forgiving others for small things.  
Here are some quotes:
"With faith in Jesus Christ the hardest and easiest of times can be a blessing."  Henry B. Eyring
"His love is unfailing, I so testify."  Henry B. Eyring

"Acting on even a twig of faith allows God to grow it."  Henry B. Eyring

Just watch the Mormon Message "Mountain to Climb."  It has all of the quotes that I want to put down. Here is a link to the video:  

https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/mountains-to-climb-2

Love you so much!!!

I love you all so much. I pray for you daily!

Love,

Elder Peter H. Niceler

P.S. I'm sending pictures

Christmas Devotional 2015

R to L: Me, Elder Gunnerson (a missionary I was over when I was a Zone Leader in Chino), Elder Wurst (one of my old companions), and Elder Haglund (another former companion of mine)

My Zone

I'm putting up a banner that the Parkway 1st Ward Primary sent me. 

Banner from the Parkway 1st Ward Primary children.

Me outside during a service project where we helped someone move.

Elder McLaws