Tuesday, May 31, 2011


May 31, 2011 e-mail
Hows everything going? I hope that you had a GREAT Memorial Day! Were there lots of BBQ's going on? We had a good day yesterday....we didn't take p-day as you have probably already guessed due to the fact you didn't get an e-mail. We did some tracting as usual....didn't have much success...but, then we went to see a referral that we had received and that went great! He was so happy to see us and he basically told us that he wanted to get baptized! We talked with him for a bit and got to know him and then we extended a date for him to be baptized. He accepted it right away of course! :) He is excited to come to stake conference this week. I'm excited too because Neil Anderson from the twelve is going to be there. It is going to be awesome!
So by this time I take it Carson is on his way to the MTC. That is SO crazy! We won't see each other for 45 months! I bet he was excited to go. He is going to love it. I bet dinner with them was fun.
So, about disc golf.....we never ended up going because the car dealership trip took so long. So we are going today. As soon as we finish up with e-mails we are going to go eat lunch with the family and then go play some disk golf.
Yeah, we've had some crazy weather....a few thunderstorms. Nothing really amazing though. I want to see a huge storm right over Pikes Peak! Lightning and all. That would be sweet. We've had a few nice days lately which has been nice.
Yeah...I'll do that, I'll send my card home. I'd love to get some pics and video! I'll send it with my next letter.
By the way....when your loading the card could you put on a few pics of the new car, and also a few shots of our house? That would be great! Thanks.
By the way....I like the look of your new ride dad! Pretty stylin. ;)
Well, we are getting everything ready for the new mission president. He'll be here about the 28th of June. There are lots of things going on. We just had our last zone conference with the Pfiles. It was an awesome conference all centered on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Very spirit filled meeting. I just have one zone conference with the new mission president. I'm interested to see what changes he'll make to the mission. I'm sure it will be great...I mean, he was called by revelation after all!
Well....this computers about to time me out so I better wrap this up so I can actually send it!
Love you all a ton! I'm doing great so no worries there! Keep up the good work!
Love Elder Cryer

Sunday, May 29, 2011


May 23, 2011 letter
Dear Family,
Well, I'm sitting in a Toyota dealership right now. One of the members here offered to buy me a car since I'm getting to the tail end of my mission. I was shocked...well, I would have been if it were true. We actually got a recall on our car so we're waiting for it to be serviced. So LC doesn't have to worry. I'm still coming back for her.
So, I have been busy learning this new area. Colorado Springs is a nice area. Very pretty.
We live in a little one story four-plex. Definitely not our three story apartment in Liberal, but it is nice. I spent a few hours cleaning it and it cleans up nice.
There is a really cool guy here. His name is Bill Scott. He is retired from the navy. He feeds us every Monday morning and then we talk about "Jesus the Christ". We read a chapter a week and then discuss it. He also does our laundry for us. He even irons our shirts. He buys us snack foods and fruit as well. He is such a nice, neat guy. He does all he can to help the missionaries. He is a recent convert too. He was baptized last September.
Like I said in my e-mail, we spent ten hours at church. We were busy. I introduced myself in Sacrament meeting in the Academy ward, we both shared our testimony of The Restoration in both junior and senior Primary, and we shared personal testimony of the spirit of revelation in Relief Society. There are lots of neat people. Oh, I met brother Eliason. I guess that he's a cousin of the Eliason's that used to live in Eugene! Small world. I also met the Botchers. Their son is serving a mini-mission and he got assigned to serve with Elder Smith in Ulysses and Hugoton. Sister Botcher got excited when she heard that I knew who her son was with and where he was. It was neat.
Hey, our car is done! We're headed back to the apartment.
Today has been really sunny compared to the last few days. The sun has been shining all day.
We have Zone Conference coming up this Friday. This will be my last one with President and Sister Pfile. I'm sad. It's hard to believe that they only have about five weeks left. They have had a huge impact on my life and of course my mission. They are like third parents to me. You two are, of course, my first, then the Masons, then the Pfiles.
This evening has been great. We ate dinner with an awesome younger couple. The husband owns a martial arts studio and runs a couple other businesses. He also plays guitar and accordion. The wife teaches music and dance. She plays the flute. They are a neat couple. They are remodeling a church right now and turning it into a home. They are going to keep the stage and they said that they have found a lot of secret passages. They are going to put in moving bookcases and stuff to hide/lead to the secret passages. It sounds awesome. He said we could stop by and he'd show us around. Then we went to a less active members house to give the wife a blessing. We ended up just talking to them and getting to know them, for about an hour. We were laughing and having a great time. They are a pretty young couple too. He is in the military. They just had a baby. They are a really neat couple. In fact...after we got back in for the night I was thinking about how much I love that part of being a missionary. Getting to know all different types of people. With this calling it seems like we get to know people so fast. I told Elder Nielsen..."Isn't it awesome? An hour ago we had no idea who those people were, or that they even existed, and now they're two of my favorite people!"
It really is neat. I'll miss that.
Well, I better get this off to you before it's too late! Don't want to make you wait too long.
Take care y'all!
Love you,
Elder Cryer

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


May 23, 2011 e-mail
Hey everyone!
So Grandad and Uncle Gary have continued on their journeys huh...I bet that will be awesome for Uncle Gary to go through his mission area again. I haven't even left mine and I'm excited to come back! I'm excited to hear all about their visit. Hiking in the snow, dipping toes in the ocean, sounds like a ton of fun adventures!
I have been having some fun myself. Colorado is no Kansas! There are mountains here...and trees. The mountains definately affect the weather because we have gotten a bunch of rain, and Woodland park (which is in our district) got snow the other day. It's definately cooler here.
We had church yesterday and I was able to meet a lot of new people. The wards are pretty big, especially compared to the wards and branches in Kansas. We had to be at the church at 6:30 AM and we didn't get to leave until 4:30 PM! Yeah....ten hours of church. So I figure I can take the next two weeks off before I have to go again...right?!?!
There are some sweet members here though.
Today we are going to play disc golf with a couple of the families here in the ward. That should be fun. The last time that I played disc golf was with Jordan and Christine before I left on my mission! Crazy. I will probably fail horribly but hopefully I'll have fun doing it!
Well...I have more to tell you now so I'll write a letter today and send it off either today or tomorrow.
Love you all and take good care of yourselves!
Love Elder Cryer


May 16, 2011 e-mail
O.K. So...I'm in a bit of a rush! Its transfer P-day and it is hectic. First of all. Sorry for not getting a letter off to you last week. I realized that I never sent one. Just so you know...I had nothing to tell you because of our phone call on Mothers day. But today we have some news. I will not be staying in Liberal. They are moving me to Mountain shadows and Academy. Its in Colorado Springs. I know nothing about it other than the fact that its by the mountains. It should be good.
So today we are driving to Colorado Springs. Its going to be a long drive. I am going to miss Kansas SO much! I have been here for over a year now! I'm probably going to go into shock. Just so you know...no I will not be training this transfer..I'm going to be district leader in my new area.
So I just realized that Grandad and Uncle Gary will be reading this e-mail. Whats up!?!?!?! Are you having fun yet in Oregon? Is the weather treating you well? From the e-mail I recieved it sounds like your having a good ole' American time! Wish I could join ya...but that aint gonna happen!
By the way Uncle Gary....yes...I do remember that whipped cream incident. How could I forget? That scarred me for life!
And no...haven't seen any tornados.
Well...thanks for all the pics! Sorry this is so short but we're a little pressed for time.
Love you all...take care
Elder Cryer

Thursday, May 12, 2011


May 9, 2011 e-mail
It was great to hear all your voices yesterday! And it was quite the surprise when Carson came on the phone! Thanks for that! It was a great "last phone call". I enjoyed having some one on one time talking with each of you. You all sound like your doing good.
I'm in the same boat you are....not really much to say. I told you about everything on the phone.
I am sending two pictures with this e-mail. The first is of a purchase that I made a few days ago while we were tracting. I bought this nice pair of Crocodile skin shoes for 5 dollars and that tie for 50 cents. Not bad if you ask me!
The second picture is of an awesome family here in Liberal. I am going to miss this family a lot! They are so fun! Thought you might enjoy the picture.
Thanks for the pics that you sent. I enjoyed those. That one of Sam and Emma after doing their homework cracked me up. That's what I feel like doing some mornings during my studies! (Just joking......but seriously.) :)
Well....I look forward to hearing how your visit goes with Grandad and Uncle Gaz. That should be lots of fun! I wanna see lots of pics!
Well, take care...I will talk to you all next week!
By the way...next week is transfers. Our P-day will still be on Monday though. That will be Monday the 16th. Make sure not to send mail to the Liberal address if it wont arrive before the 14th because or else it will probably never make it to me since I'll be getting transferred.
Alright....well I will talk to you later!
Love you all
Love Elder Cryer

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Dear Family,
How's everything going? Things here in Liberal are good. The other two Elders had a baptism today after church. We helped boil water for it. They still haven't fixed the hot water heater! Can you believe it?! They should have it fixed tomorrow. But the baptism went well. The little girl that got baptized is nine and her mom will be getting baptized next week. It's exciting.
We had a pretty promising family that we had found while we were out tracting but we went back by and she told us that she ran the idea of meeting with us by her husband and he was not interested. She also told us that she ran the idea by her pastor and he said they shouldn't allow the 'Mormons' into their home. It cracks me up that people have to ask their pastors who they can and can't allow into their own home. Anyway, so that was kind of disappointing.
Thanks for those 'gems' from conference. Those were good.
Well, I can't think of anything else really to tell you. It seems like there should be more news but I don't know what it is.
I hope everything is going good at home. By the time you get this it should be Friday. That means I'll be talking to you in about two days! How exciting is that?!?!?!
Well, take care until then!
Love you all~
Love Elder Cryer

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


May 2, 2011 e-mail
Well Hello hello!
Still here in Liberal Kansas for about two more weeks. A little under. It's weird knowing that I'm leaving when we still have two weeks till transfers. The branch president knows President Pfile and so he knows that I'll be leaving and he actually told me that he's going to call President Pfile and complain! He said that he wants me to stay. He said that we're some of the best four Elders that he's had in a while and he wants us all to stick around! But...I doubt it will change President Pfiles mind. I thought it was funny though. I'm excited to leave but at the same time not so much. I've been wondering where they'll send me. I've been told by a lot of people that they think that I'm going to a place called the San Luis valley. Around La Jara Colorado. We'll find out soon I guess.
I still have a good chunk of time left on my mission and the last thing I want to do is waste it. I really do have a desire to make these last few months my strongest. I got a letter from Brother Seamons the other day. It was very motivating! I need to send him a thankyou but if you happen to see him let him know I said thanks! It was just what I needed that day it came!
I'm sorry to hear that Sam's been sick. That is not fun at all. Elder Clark has been a little sick lately as well. I've been sick free for a while now (Knock on wood) so hopefully that will continue. I hope you feel better soon Sam! :)
Man, so my room has gone from a studio, to a sewing room, to a guest room?!?!?! Dang, that rooms good! So will they both be staying in that room? I'm excited to see pictures of their visit! Too bad they wont be there for my phone call home. You'll have to tell them I say HI!
Well I'm glad to hear that Emma's England fund is doing well. That will be such a fun trip!
So, about Mothers Day. 2:30 your time should work good for me. We had a family invite us over to eat dinner with them and then make our phone calls from their cell phones (They have Sprint, so you'll probably need to call me back after I call you). So we are planning on calling around 4:30 and 5:00 our time....so 2:30 or 3:00 your time. So if you want to plan on that then that should work just fine! I'm excited to hear your voices again! It seems like Christmas was just yesterday though doesn't it?! Its crazy how fast that time flew!
Well, I started a letter to you this morning before we headed over to e-mail so I'll finish it up and get it in the mail today or tomorrow.
Well, Love you all!
Have a great week!
Love Elder Cryer!

P.S. Another Elder forwarded this to me about the new Mission President. Thought you might enjoy it. This may even be old news to you! You know how us missionary folk are kept in the dark a bit longer than most!
Take care... Elder Cryer

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ethan Shiveley
Date: Mon, May 2, 2011 at 10:47 AM
Subject: Rich boy!
To: Benjamin.Cryer@myldsmail.net

They will begin service about July 1.

J. Patrick and Cynthia M. Anderson
J. Patrick Anderson, 61, and Cynthia Lenore McGregor Anderson, three children, Colorado Colorado Springs Mission; Kalamazoo 3rd Ward, Kalamazoo Michigan Stake. He serves as stake president and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, stake mission president, stake Young Men president, high councilor, bishop, counselor in a bishopric and Young Men president. Retired vice president of Corporate Affairs, Stryker Corp. Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, to John Clinton and Mary Lou Keeffe Anderson.

Sister Anderson serves as a Relief Society secretary and compassionate service leader. She is a former Relief Society president, Relief Society teacher, Primary president and teacher, Young Women president, and Cub Scout den leader. Born in Boise, Idaho, to William Allen and Rachel Brown McGregor.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


25 April 2011 Letter
Dear Family
So I wanted to say thanks again for the Easter box! I've been snacking on the candy for the last few days. I've also shared quite a bit with Elder Clark.
I'm glad that the picture card made it home o.k. I figured you probably would not care about the ward directory too much but I'll want it later. I'm excited to see the pics that I've sent home because I think I'll have forgotten some of them.
I do remember when we went to see Hello Dolly. That was fun. And then afterwards we went to leave and saw the 'Walk for Life' and so we went over to that. That was a good evening.
What?! Miriam is getting married? That's way exciting! Who to? I probably don't know him.
So Carson reports to the MTC soon. I'm excited for him.
So grandad and Uncle Gaz are coming in the middle of May? That will be so much fun.
Thanks mom for that scripture in Hebrews that you told me about (Hebrews 10:35-39). That gave me a good boost. I love the scriptures too. I wish I knew them better. I guess it's a process that just takes time and study. But thanks for that.
Well, today has been pretty uneventful. We went and played pool but none of us were really feeling it today. We've just been hanging out talking.
It was great to be able to be at C's confirmation. Thank you for all your prayers. God was listening, like always, and He answered them. Now it's just a matter of time before her daughters follow. I love that family too. Being a missionary is awesome!
Well, tonight we have Family Home Evening at the branch presidents house. There's going to be food, which is always good.
Hey, I got your cards today Emma. Thanks. They look great. I'm excited to hand them out for thank-yous and birthdays.
Well I better be off.
Love you all...Take care.
Love Elder Cryer


April 25, 2011 e-mail
Happy Easter to you too!
Yes...the Easter bunny did find his way to our apartment! Thanks so much! I have never seen fortune eggs before....the Easter bunny went the extra mile for me this year!
So you all went up to grandma and grandpas place for Easter huh. I cant believe that you found ALL the eggs. That is a record! I can't remember a year that we ever found all of them. Are you sure that you didn't find some of the five year old eggs and are still missing some of the ones that you hid this year?!?!?! :)
You got to hear Elder and Sister Gifford speak?! That is awesome....I love the Gifford's. They actually came to our apartment at the end of March to drop off some supplies and they said their goodbyes to us. They told me that they attended the Toledo ward and I told them about grandma and grandpa. I said, "If you see the Meyers let them know I said hi!" They said I'd have to come visit sometime after I got home. That is just so crazy that you got to hear them speak and then got to talk with them. I hope that they do come back when the Pfiles are released...it would be great to see them again!
Wow...so Emma is showing her cards at a fair?!?!? It sounds to me like these cards are a big hit! Already selling them too. Dang, your good! You'll have to send some pics of what they look like. I'll be excited to hear how the fair goes. So, where did you post them online?
So this was an awesome week for me. I got to go to Ulysses for C's confirmation. She is the mom of those three girls. We baptized them all about four months ago. It was so good to be able to be a part of that. When she was getting confirmed I got to stand in the circle and the spirit was SO strong! It was probably the strongest that I've felt it in a while...and I get to feel it every day! It was such a beautiful thing to see. Her girls did not get confirmed which was sad but I know that it will just take time. They will see and want what their mom has now. It was actually kind of funny because before church started I was talking with C and she got a phone call. It was W....the ten year old. She talked to her mom for a minute and then C handed me the phone with a smile and said..."She wants to talk to you." So I took the phone. She told me that she wanted me to come over and see them before I went back to Liberal. I explained that that wouldn't work because I had to leave right after sacrament and her mom wouldn't be home then. Of course, she really didn't understand why that was a problem but I told her it just wouldn't work. I told her that she should just come to church and that it would be awesome to see her mom get confirmed. Well, long story short...after a bunch of back and forth, she decided to get dressed and come. I handed C the phone and she said "Good job! I'll be right back." It was funny. So She went and got her. It was a really good day though. It was good to see everyone in Ulysses too. It was funny to see the different reactions. Some people hadn't even noticed that I had left....some didn't really care....and others freaked out! "Oh my gosh....your back! Who'd of thought you'd get transferred back here!" I had to explain to them that I was only back for about an hour or so! It was great though. There are some awesome people there.
So, I gotta go now but I wanted to ask you when you'll be home on Mothers day for my call. I think that we're looking at calling sometime about 4 our time....so that would be 2 your time. Will you be out of church by then? Anyway...let me know what will work. I'm looking forward to talking to you again!
Well, Love ya all
Love Elder Cryer