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 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