Wednesday, September 14, 2011


No Date
Dear Family,
Well, I'm guessing that this will be the last letter I write home on my mission. It seems a little pointless to send a letter that will probably arrive about the same day as I do.
Let's see, what's new? Well, we did the incline again but this time we decided to carry our bikes up it! We got some crazy looks! This one guy told us that he's been hiking the incline for a few years and he's never seen anyone try to carry their bikes up. It was a lot of work...but not as bad as the first time I did it. I was so sore the first time.
After we did the incline we went to Red Rock where there's a ton of bike trails. We rode around there and then found a trail with jumps on it! It was way cool. We're going to go back today and ride it some more. The Elders from Woodland Park are going to come with us. Should be lots of fun.
I found an Elder in Pueblo West that wants my bike so I think I'll sell it to him. I don't really want to pay to ship it home. Besides, I have my road bike that I can fix up.
So, right now we have two people with a date for baptism. They are a young couple. I think I told you about them in my e-mail.
We have a few lessons scheduled for today so we hope we'll have more people with a date tonight.
I just got your letter yesterday mom. It's always fun to get your letters.
It sounds like you and grandma had a fun time together. I look forward to having time with all of you again!
I will be interested to see the changes you see in me because although I can see some change I don't think I've noticed every change. I still feel like me! Still like to have fun...and can't wait to listen to real music and play my guitar!
Well, I need to get this letter off to you (before I forget to send it).
I love you all! Can't wait to see you...even though, I must admit, I'm a little nervous to come home. Now that it's so close it's kind of scary! But I do look forward to seeing all of you.
Take care
Love Elder Cryer
P.S. Thought you might like to know that I'm doing two baptismal interviews for the district today! I'm excited! I did an interview for someone the Zone Leaders were teaching. I did that a few days ago.

Monday, September 12, 2011


12 September 2011 email
Hey! I cant believe that this is my last email home as a missionary! I know its true...but I still cant wrap my mind around it. It does not feel like its been two years. lol I was telling Elder Berghoff yesterday that it feels like I should have forgotten so much more over the past two years. I still remember so many people....faces, names, where they live....I remember streets, our home phone, dads cell, moms cell, my cell...and I could go on but I don't want to bore you. I am so excited to see you all on Friday. I'm kinda nervous too though! Its going to feel so different. I am so used to being a missionary.
Its all good....if you forget to pick me up I remember the way home. haha Maybe if I just stand around at the airport then another pilot will offer me a flight around Eugene. :) Remember when that happened to me while I was out there looking at planes? That was so cool! But...I don't want to be late for that pizza! haha So I will be sure to be on time. :)
Well, it sounds like you had a great stake conference. I'm sure glad I wasn't there to speak though! Although we do a TON of talking on the mission I still can't say that I'm fond of giving talks. I don't really have much of a choice though.
Sounds good.....I'll be praying for Sam and Emma to have a safe and enjoyable flight. :) Well, as enjoyable as a roughly 13 hour flight can be. :) My flight will be much shorter. :) I'm kinda excited to fly again.
Well, the work is doing well. We were hoping to have that young couple at church yesterday but we could never get a hold of them. We did have that less active lady there though. We sat with her....she actually even asked us to....because she's kind of timid. We ended up going to relief society with her too. haha We got some looks from some of the ladies in there. I guess they're not used to seeing men in there for some reason. lol
There was also a guy in sacrament meeting that we had never seen before. We went and introduced ourselves to him. He was investigating the church back in the 70's in Hawaii....and he said it was 'time to come back'. :) He wont let us come over to his house though because his wife is a die hard Baptist but he said he'll be coming to church I guess he'll have to be taught at church.
So last night I ate Hawaiian meatballs! I remember when Emma made those all the time! I hadn't had them since the last time she had made them...until last night. It was good.
Well, just a couple more days of work left. Its actually kind of sad. We have a few lessons scheduled for the next couple of I'm looking forward to that. I'm going to miss being a part of so many many different lives. I know I can still do a lot after I come home....but it's never going to be quite the same. Its been amazing being a opportunity that I'm so glad that I took. :)
I hope you have a great next few days! And I will see you on Friday! (I cant believe I'm actually saying that...this is so weird!)
Love you all!
Love Elder Cryer

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


September 6, 2011 e-mail
Hey Mom and Dad! (and Sam and Emma)
Wow....we had a way fun but busy P-day today....and I just have a few minutes before this computer kicks me off. I'll have to save some stories for my letter....and some for when I get home.
Today we went and did some jumps out at a bike park called Red Rock. It was way fun. We even got some video. Then we rode our bikes five miles up into the mountains because someone told us about a sweet bike trail. It was way tiring getting up the mountain because it was about an hour and a half ride up. We finally found the trail and headed off. That thing killed us! I feel so broken right now! My head hurts, my hands hurt, my shuirchest hurts, my knees are killin me! haha was a crazy trail. We were jumping over holes, jumping over boulders, and a few other things that I'll wait to tell you about until I get home. haha ;) Don't want you too worried. lol But it was a ton of fun! It was so pretty too! It took us down into the forest and then out into this huge canyon. It's so pretty here in Springs...I love it! Definitely a lot to do here. It was so nice to get out and have an adventure though.
Sweet....well the topic that bishop wants me to speak on should be fairly easy to put together. ;) I will start on it right now so when I get home I won't have it weighing on my mind.
People have been asking about me? For real? You mean they actually remember me!?!?! haha Well I can't wait to tell them all 'hi!'. It really has gone fast now that I'm looking back. I am going to miss it. Coming home will be bitter sweet. I am way excited but nervous a little and just sad for some of these experiences to end. I know a lot of the stuff I do and have learned can be carried over into my everyday life though. :)
Happy Labor Day to you too! There is not much to tell about our Labor Day... lol .....just missionary work. lol Which is why I'm emailing today of course.....P-day got switched due to the holiday.
You got to Skype all the way to England huh!?!?! I bet that was neat! I bet you loved seeing the girls...and I bet they loved seeing you! ;)
Well, at the moment we have two people with a baptismal date. Its kinda sad because I wont be here for it....but I'm still way happy for them. They are a young couple with one kid. They just recently moved to Springs and have never really been religious. We went to their house a few days ago with the sisters and taught them all about baptism and the blessing that will come as they follow the commandments of God. They really seemed to enjoy what they learned. We should be meeting with them tomorrow.
We are also working with a less active person. They have not been to church in years and so wanted to take the missionary lessons again. We are helping them gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, the church, God, all the basics. Its neat to be able to help people gain a testimony of the gospel because it in turn always builds your own testimony. Its pretty neat.
Well.....I'm thinking about shipping some boxes home just so that I don't have to pay extra on my luggage. lol....So if you get any boxes there is no need to open them. I mean, you can if you want to....but it'll just be a bunch of random stuff. haha I think I'll end up leaving a bunch behind too though. We will see.....I actually haven't really thought about it too much...I should probably start to figure that stuff out.
Anyways, I love you all and can't believe that I'm just 10 days away from seeing you! Literally.....I can't believe it!
Take care, I love you a ton!
Love Elder Cryer

P.S. Oh by the way.....I think this might happen anyways because I fly home on a Friday but would it be possible to have home made pizza the night I get home? I have been craving that delicious stuff for two years now! But...I know things will be hectic probably and I know pizza is time consuming. So if that's not possible please don't worry about it! All I really care about is seeing you all and talking and enjoying being together again. Pizza can wait if it needs to. lol ;)