Wednesday, June 29, 2011


June 21, 2011 Letter
Dear Family,
Well, I hope that by the time you get this letter you will have gotten my letter with the picture card.
Hey! And by the time you get this letter Sam should be back. Welcome home from your mission Sam! It was great getting your e-mail. It was fun to hear about some of the fun and not so fun experiences you had. So, what are your thoughts on a mission now? Missions are awesome....not gonna lie. They can be hard at times but it's such an amazing calling.
Me and my companion went out with the sisters yesterday. No, not a date or anything! They serve in a Young Single Adult ward and so they cover all of Springs. Well they found a guy in our area and so they called us up and asked us to come to the lesson with them so they could hand him off to us. We called up a member of the ward to go with us. It was a full house, but the lesson went really well. He has questions....but who wouldn't? But he's willing to read from the Book of Mormon and pray. It was interesting teaching with the sisters. That was the first time I have done that on my mission. It went pretty smooth considering that we've never taught together. I didn't have to talk as much as usual!
June 23~
Dang it! We're keeping very busy....which is a good thing but it makes it hard to keep up. I apologize for the slightly late arrival of this letter.
We had another lesson with that guy we taught with the sisters. The sisters were there again but due to transfers we had a new sister. She is brand new. Today was her first day. She was very quiet but quite nice. Vince, the guy we're teaching is still excited for baptism on July 10th. We're excited for him.
It has been hot today with a few very small showers mixed in. So that bumped the humidity up a few notches, but still not horrible.
We were tracting some apartments earlier today and got quite a few less than polite responses. We thought about going to a new area but something told us to stay. A few doors down a lady told us that she was not interested but she had a friend who had been wanting a copy of the Book of Mormon. So we gave her one with our number in it. Her friend didn't want us to come by...but I hope she reads and calls us.
My new comp by the way is Elder Hakes. He is from we share a love for the heat. He likes to hike, unlike Elder Nielson, so we will be hiking the Incline. I'm excited.
Oh Emma, you asked if I feel like I'm getting this whole mission thing down or not. I'm definitely way more comfortable doing the work now than I was when I was new. It's funny because today during the lesson everyone kept looking at me when a question or concern was brought up. Elder Hakes has been out four months, Sister Kenny has been out for one day, and Sister Sedgwick has been out six months. So even if you add their time together I've been out longer than double their times put together. I don't know how to say this but...I'm kind of a big deal. No, just kidding. Time doesn't mean a thing when it comes to resolving concerns. It's all about the spirit. But it seemed like they thought I had some vast store of knowledge. It was funny. But no, I still have so much to learn and improve on. I honestly don't think it's possible to learn the limit on your mission. There's always more to do and learn. The key is to learn all you can while you have the chance.
Mom, I tole Bill, the guy we read 'Jesus the Christ' with that you all said hello and thank you. He was very appreciative. He said he hopes to meet you someday. He's such a nice guy. I have made a lot of 'best friends' on my mission. I've noticed that the longer I've been out the more I have a capacity to love. It's easier not to judge...but just to love them for who they are. I love people. I love getting to know who they are and why.
I enjoyed reading Carson's letters home. I miss that fool! So, I want to hear more detail about that alien that they saw. He's going to have a blast on his mission.
It's weird being the only one who knows this area at all because I still don't feel like I know it very well. Now I'll be forced to learn it!
Well, I want to get this letter off to you before I get busy and forget.
Love you!
Love Elder Cryer
P.S. By the way... I wanted to wish you a happy Father's Day dad! You have been and are a great example to me in so many ways. Thanks for being a great father.
And Happy Birthday Emma! Wow, sixteen! That's hard to believe. I hope you have a great birthday and lot's of fun. Let me know how your date goes!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Work and Warm Weather in Colorado

Here is a letter that was delayed~

May 31, 2011

Dear Family,
What a busy day! I swear, P-days are so hectic! It's been good though. We e-mailed this morning after waiting for 45 minutes for a computer to open up. Then we went to a less active family's home for lunch...they fed us burgers and fries. They know how to get to my heart! Then we went and played disc golf. I forgot how fun and relaxing that is. We had a great time. It was very warm today. I got some sun. That took a little while to do so when we got back we had an hour before dinner so we cleaned the apartment and the car. I love a clean apartment and car. There ain't nothin' better!
We ate dinner with the Procters. They're an older couple and they are funny. They had us try some Brie cheese. It was....interesting. Very creamy and had kind of a salty taste. Not something I would go looking for! Then they took us out to Cold Stone for an ice-cream! I got a 'love it' with french vanilla and twix. Very tasty. I'm so full now though. But it was worth it.
So I got your letter today! I really am enjoying my new area. I love the landscape. It's very pretty. The weather is pretty nice as well. We went out a week ago with a member of the ward to go find some less-actives and we drove almost all the way to Woodland Park. That was such a pretty drive.
Yeah, I'll send a card home with this letter. I'd love some pics and video.
Man, hiking in the snow...quite the adventure! I bet it was really pretty. Pike's Peak has snow on it right now. I so wish that I could go hike it. That would be cool. I really want to go do the incline but my companion really doesn't want to. He doesn't really like to hike or bike so I haven't been able to do either as much as I'd like. Oh well...I am determined to do the incline at least once before I leave this area. It's basically just a mile hike straight up the side of the mountain. It's pretty hard I guess. I want to try it.
Sounds like you all had a good time enjoying the coast. That will be a sight I'll be glad to see again. I do miss the ocean.
So Jordan's leaving sometime in August? Man, what's with all my friends leaving right before I get home. Are they trying to avoid me for four years? lol.
Oh, that's right...Miriam's wedding! Wow, that is so crazy. Well tell both her and Ariel that I say hi! Tell Ariel I'm still waiting for a reply to my last letter! Be sure to give her a hard time for me. (You can tell her I said that.)
Well, this morning we went and taught a husband and wife some of the new member lessons. The husband just got baptized in October. They are a neat couple. It was a good way to start the day.
By the way, it is now June 1st. Today we are going to do some weekly planning, then go out to lunch with a member, then go visit some less actives. Wednesdays are usually a full day. Full days are good days though.
O.K. so now it's June 2nd. I will get this letter sent today
So this morning we went out tracting with one of the young men here in the Mountain Shadows ward. He's getting ready to go to Mexico. He leaves for the MTC on August 3rd. He's a cool kid. We had a good time. Although it is kinda hot and muggy today.
We stopped by a former investigator's house today and invited him to Stake Conference. We told him that Neil Anderson will be there. That seemed to spark some interest. So right now we are looking at having three investigators at church. It will be awesome if they all come.
Well, like I said, I want to get this letter in the mail today and I think those are about all the updates so I guess I'll send this on its way.
Love you all a bunch! Take care.
Love Elder Cryer

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


June 21, 2011 e-mail
Hey everyone! still no letter with a picture card? I sent it home a while ago. I hope we didn't lose another one. At least I backed up all the pictures to my hard drive before I sent it home. :) I hope it finds its way to you though.
So, Sam is on her mission?!?!? That's pretty sweet. I cant believe that she leaves 21 months after me and will get home 3 months before me. Whats up with that? lol I loved getting her letter. Very detailed! I cant type fast enough to be so detailed. She made my emails look pathetically short! lol Sounds like she's having a good time though and getting lots of neat experience!
And yes....I do make my bed every day and I do fold ALL my clothes....or hang them up. You taught me well. :)
Well, life here is good. I've had some neat experiences lately. Ill tell you about them in my letter....which I will write and send to you on time! :)
Transfers is today. I of course am staying right here. I figure I'll be here till the end. But Elder Nielson is getting tomorrow I will have a new comp. Possibly my last. I'll let ya know about him as soon as I know who he is. I mean I know his name but I know nothing about him.
I can't believe that you were robbed of your fathers day cinnamon roll! lol At least you got a replacement. In the Academy ward here they gave us all pops succors. The bishop made the comment that he wasn't sure which part we should focus on. The 'pop' part...or the 'succor' part! In the Mountain Shadows ward they gave us all 'fat boy' ice-cream sandwiches. Lots of hidden messages in there if you ask me!
Man...its hard to believe that I'm in the tail end of my mission. Only twelve weeks left. You were asking about my plans when I get home. I don't think I'll be starting school until January. You mentioned that you booked the cruise for Nov 26th - Dec 3rd. (That's gonna be a blast!) and so I think I'll hold off on school until January. As far as when I do start school I still am very undecided. I will definitely start praying about it. Anyway...Ive got lots to think about while still staying busy! I will continue to work hard...promise. But I am thinking about what I want to do. Film and Music is still my I want to keep that in mind as I decide what to do. Anyway...I'd love your input and ideas and all that. But...I don't think you need to send me any catalogs yet because I think I'll wait to start school.
Well, I'm about to get signed off so I better go. I love you all and hope you continue to do well!
Love Elder Cryer


June 14, 2011 Letter
Well, I have good news! I got your letters today! I got one from Sam and one from Emma. I was starting to wonder if you still cared about felt like a while since I got a letter from either of you. No worries, I've been finding ways to keep myself occupied!
So you're both really going to England?! That is so awesome. I'm jealous. I'm sure I'll get a turn one of these days. Sounds like you'll have a good amount of time over there. I imagine we'll switch to e-mail while you're over there because I don't know where you'll be staying and when. So...sometime before you go you should e-mail me so I have your e-mail address.
So, Emma, you got a prize at the Modest is Hottest dance? What was the prize? You sure seem to be enjoying those dances. And now you're having a group date planned for you. Well look at little miss popular!
I actually have heard about bleeding at every pore being a medical condition. Isn't it amazing what Christ went through for us? You know, in our last Zone Conference President Pfile explained to us that it is through the process of working for someone that we grow to love them. He said, "The more you do for people the more you love them." He also said, "The things that you willingly sacrifice for become more valuable to you." Then he tied that to the Atonement. He explained to us how Jesus Christ had to have loved us to perform the Atonement, but he must of grew to love us so much more through the Atonement. It was something I had never really thought of before like that. The Atonement is an amazing thing. The whole gospel would be pointless without it. It is what allows the gospel to work. It is the enabling power of the gospel.
I have to say I loved the pictures that you sent. Very impressive. The cowgirl one is my favorite though. You're getting pretty good at that whole drawing thing.
So Sam, you got to teach Relief Society huh? You're a good teacher, it doesn't surprise me that the lesson went well. Are you still Relief Society president?
So, this butter-beer sounds pretty intense. Sounds like it would get me on quite the sugar high! It sounds tasty though.
That is too funny about you and that dictionary. I can totally see you falling in love with an old battered dictionary! And you got it for free too...what a deal.
Done with school! Y-ay! I bet that feels good. So you have your Associates Degree now, right? Let me got all A's?
Well, today was a nice relaxing P-day. We mostly just hung out and relaxed. We don't get to do that very often. We had breakfast again with Bill Scott. He is so neat. We discussed Chapters 6 and 7. That book is so full of information.
Tomorrow we get to go do some service. We're going to go help cut down a tree. I guess he lives up in the mountains. Should be good.

June 16, 2011

O.K. So this morning I woke up and thought "Did I send my letter home on Monday?" I came to the conclusions that I did. Well, then I got your letter mom saying that you hadn't gotten a letter in two weeks. So I figured I'd check again and guess what?....the letter that I 'sent' was still in my notebook. I'm way sorry about that. Don't mean to worry you. I did send home a letter with my picture card though last week I think. Did you get it?
By the way...transfers is coming up on the 21st so I would say wait and see if I move before you send the Ensign. I think I'll still be here but you never know!
O.K. So the work is going good. I wish I could just call and tell you what's been going on because it takes so long to write everything down...and my hand starts to hurt! But yeah. We are working with a young couple who just recently moved here. They don't attend a church so we're going by tomorrow to teach them. We actually just came in from tracting and we had some success I guess you could call it. We got a return appointment and handed out two copies of the Book of Mormon. The last lady we gave a Book of Mormon to was really nice. We were sitting out front talking to her when her daughter, about 5, ran out from the back yard around to where we were. Her mom said, "Honey, get back in the back yard."
The little girl said, "But I want to see Jesus!"
Her mom laughed and said, "Well, look into their smiles and you might see him."
It was awesome. Kids rock!
Well, I want to get this letter off to you so I don't keep you waiting any longer.
Love you all.
Love Elder Cryer

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


June 6, 2011 Letter
Well, P-day has been fairly relaxing today. I still haven't taken a nap but it's only 3:30 so I still might.
To answer your question, I have started 'Jesus the Christ' before but only got to chapter 10. So it'll be good to restart. It's a hard read. It has been really enjoyable to have someone to talk about it with. This man is such an amazing guy. He has such a passion for the gospel and missionary work.
So how was Miriam and Zack's reception? Did you get any pictures? That's just crazy...everyone I knew is now dating, getting married or going on a mission! I'm glad to hear that Ariel is enjoying school. Did you pass my message on to her?
Well, I hope I can be one of those missionaries who comes home and stays involved, and gets to know people because I love getting to know people! I guess I need to do my home teaching huh? One thing President Pfile has told us that the people who say they don't like to do their home teaching don't like it because they don't do it. He said, "If you just do it, then you'll love it."
So what's up with this What is it's purpose? It sounds neat. I'm still undecided with what exactly I want to do with my talents...I'm still leaning towards music and or film but I don't know what I want to do in those fields. Still looking at my options.
You want a what for your birthday mom? What is a 'nook'? I guess I'm behind the times. Is it like a blog? or is it that e-book thing?
Speaking of is your blog Sam? Did you ever manage to get it linked to any other sites? I'm excited to see it! sounds to me like you and the Masons (and Sarah) had a flat out party! What I want to know is how did they manage to get out by 10:30? Storytelling about Carson would take a lot longer than that! I actually e-mailed him today. It sounds like you all had a nice final hoorah!
So you heard 'Taps' the other day? Me too. Although I heard it in a little less of a spiritual setting. We went over to the Rudolphies for dinner and when we walked in they started playing some up-beat song and then when we left they ran and grabbed their horns and played Taps as we left. It was funny.
The weather here is getting hot. It's close to 90 degrees today. The snow is quickly fading off of Pikes Peak. There were some fires in one of the states by us. There was a ton of smoke in the air because of it. For the past few days we could hardly see the mountains! But now it's all cleared up.
So real quick, before I wrap up. We went to eat dinner with a young couple...the Hammonds. They have a little four year old daughter, cute as can be. Once she finished eating she went and sat by the open window facing the street. Everyone that walked by she'd yell to and say, "Hi! The missionaries are here eating with us!" It was very funny. She's a good member missionary!
Well, that's about all that's new. Things are good.
Love you all! Take care.
Love Elder Cryer

Monday, June 13, 2011


June 13, 2011 e-mail
Well, hows life? :)
Everything is good here. Lots going on in preparation for the new mission president. We have our new phones now....texting and all. It feels weird to text again! Maybe now I wont be so out of practice when I get my own phone again! ;)
So we have two new families that we're working with. Its nice to have some investigators again! :)
We have been on companion exchanges from Thursday to Sunday. I got to spend Thursday with Elder Baker, a zone leader, who I actually served around when I was in La Junta. Do you recognize his name? Well, I got to serve with him again so that was fun. Then On Friday after district meeting I stayed here with Elder Adviento (from Woodland Park area) and then on Saturday I spent the day up in Woodland Park with Elder Gardner. It was a good few days. I love Woodland Park. It is so pretty. I honestly wouldn't mind serving a transfer there but I have a feeling I'll be dying here in Mtn Shadows and Academy....which by the way I'm completely fine with that as well!
Oh so guess what?!?!?! I'm sure you've heard of Sally DeFord.....she writes a bunch of church music. Well I'm serving in her ward. lol We were scheduled to eat dinner with them but we had to cancel because of appointments. So I haven't really formally met her yet....but that's pretty cool huh?!?! :)
So last night I climbed into bed and it wasn't but two minutes and I heard a knock at the door. I was like "who in the heck would be knocking right now?". But I got up and went to the door. It was our little neighbor girl...she's probably about 10. She smiled and then said, "Wait right here O.K.," and then she took off. I didn't know what was going on. Well in about 15 seconds she was back with her younger brother. They had brought us two big BBQ chicken legs (and I mean BIG) and some grilled sweet onions. It was so nice of them. We thanked them and then devoured it! When we were done we went outside to where they were bbq'ing and thanked them. Their dad was like "Oh you're will be better next time. This was my first time grilling on this BBQ". We were like "Better? Man it was delicious! Thanks so much!" So, we may be getting some more BBQ as he experiments. So we have some new BEST FRIENDS! :) We are going to try to make them an apple pie...because we have a ton of apples. We'll make two and try ours first to make sure it turns out presentable. :) lol! Don't wanna destroy our friendship! ;)
Well, hmmm. I cant think of much else new right now....I'll do some brain storming and write a letter! Hows that sound?
Love you all
Love Elder Cryer.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


June 6, 2011 e-mail
Hey everyone! my weeks been good. Weather has been hot. Ive been lovin' it! I would so rather work in the heat as opposed to the cold. We've gotten a couple referrals this week. So far we've attempted to contact them but have had no success....we'll keep on trying. In fact we just got one this we're going to try to see them this evening.
Man, I cant believe that Carson is on his mission. That just seems crazy! He is gonna be quite the fun missionary. :)
It was great to get that big letter full of pictures. Everyone looks so good! It was great to see Jodi and Chris and Carson again....oh, and Sarah. And of course its always good to see my crew! lol I got them all put in my picture book. I'm glad that Chris is doing well. She looks great!
Well, I haven't met the new Mission President. He should arrive here about June 28th from what we've been told. There are already a few changes being made in the mission though. We just got word today that we are switching cell service to Sprint and that we will now be allowed to text! How crazy is that?!?!?!?! And that's not even the craziest thing.....we also got word that each companionship will be given a portable DVD player for training reasons. Like, to watch PMG dvd's and stuff. Its a big trust issue, I hope no one abuses the privilege because I think it could really help with the work. I wonder how long till we get i-pads? :)
We just had stake conference. It was so good. We had Elder Niel L Anderson from the twelve here. That is always a neat experience. The thing I love most about them is that they all seem to have a sense of humor. They are regular men. They don't try to be anything other than themselves. Its always neat to see that.
Well, today we're going to TRY to relax a little. We're going to clean a little, write some letters, shop, and then maybe even take a nap....yes you read that right. I MIGHT take a nap. Only maybe. :)
So, I hope everything is going good back home. I'm doing great here....we're teaching a few investigators and a few less actives, and we're getting fed well. In fact last night we had dinner with an awesome family...the Morgans. Before we left one of the daughters asked if we liked 'Pops' cereal. We're missionaries so of course we said yes...its free food! And we do like she ran downstairs and came back up with two boxes of them for us. :) Yup, they are now at the top of my list for coolest members! They said come by anytime and they'll feed us dinner or give us food or whatever. They are so cool. But yeah, so I'm good. :)
Anyway, take care and I'll talk to you soon via email / letter.
Love you,
Love Elder Cryer