Nate Cryer

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

-Mosiah 3:19

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The other day at a party one of my friends said to me, “You know that part of someone that says, ‘don’t do that crazy thing?’, I think Nate was born without that little voice.”

Nate is one of the most infectiously happy, energetic and loving people on the face of the planet. Even when drained of all energy, he runs around as if his tail was on fire, letting people know how much he loves them and how much Jesus loves them. There isn’t a force in this world that can slow Nate down.

It wasn’t until after several months of knowing Nate that I realized the inspiring person that he is, it took a road trip with him to Yellow Stone National Park to realize his great spirit. It took another ten-hour drive a few months later to California for me to fully understand his love for God and for his fellow beings.

Nate was raised by wonderful parents who, according to Nate, had a plenitude of patience and foresight. They raised Nate by being examples; he stated that his mom was “strong willed and loving. She knew when to push me and when not to push me.” His dad was “always an example of loving others, and that always demonstrated to me how to treat people. He was even that way with me when I was being rebellious”.

Nate further explained about his youthful relationship with his parents:

I was a rebellious kid when it came to my parents, but I was never rebellious with others. I was never bad, I was just prideful, and had passions that I hadn’t bridled in life… It took me a while to recognize that downfall and it ruined many relationships. I wanted to do things my way, I was always right. If I was told to do something, I wanted to do the opposite; I spent hours debating with my mom just because I could. I recall one day when she told me I couldn’t do something. I looked her straight in the eyes and said, “I am bigger and stronger and I can do what I want”. I then walked out of the house. Everyone knew I was a kind person, but it took me a while to recognize it myself.

As with many things in life, we don’t fully appreciate what we have until we grow older and are able to grasp onto the concept of one of God’s greatest gifts, the gift of gratitude. Nate expressed his profound gratitude for his parents and the loving people they are when he told me, “With age I recognize the most important thing I can do is to love my parents. I have frequently thought about all the parents I could have been given to in the world and I realize just how perfect my parents are for me.”

Nate explained many more wonderful things about his parents, I wish I could write them all down here, but there isn’t enough space. I do, however, feel it is important to stress the love and gratitude Nate shared with me about his parents and how they have been the perfect example of all things in his life.

My interview with Nate, conducted in the back seat of my car while driving back from California, consisted of endless talk about all the role models Nate has had in his life. He spoke profoundly of his mission president, countless church leaders, and multiple friends. The friend that stood out to me the most was Dalton.

Dalton was an athlete at Nate’s high school, and a member of the same church. Nate explained that Dalton had taken an interest in him and by doing so taught Nate an important life lesson, “I realize that I love [Dalton] so much because he showed interest and kindness to me. I learned that to be loved by people, you had to love them.”

After graduating from high school, Nate moved away from home to attend college in Southern Utah. It was in college that Nate learned for himself the importance of having a testimony of Jesus Christ and a testimony of the importance of leading a Christ like life. Nate shared with me some experiences from his first year in college and then explained, “I saw the bad decisions my roommates were making. Our apartment felt dark and I felt like life was getting sucked out of me”. He further conveyed that he started realizing their pain and misery, “I would ask myself why they would have these problems, why they were so sad and emotionally unstable and why I wasn’t”. He soon discovered it was because of their bad decisions, he saw how his own obedience to gospel, albeit weak, had protected him from the fiery darts of hell being shot at him from all directions.

Nate was scared at his discovery of Satan and Satan’s demise to bring people down. The realization brought Nate to put forth great effort to study the scriptures, attend church and follow the council of his church leaders. Nate stated, “The more I got involved with Christ, the more I realized Satan was being removed from my life. I had my proof of Christ, I had my proof that God answers prayers, and I had developed my own testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”.

Nate’s change of heart caused him to help out several individuals at his college and also lead him to the most important stage of his life; serving a full time, two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the wonderful country of El Salvador.

Nate’s service to God, and to God’s children, taught him incredible life lessons. He learned further in depth the importance of loving others and putting them first, “The best things I can do for someone is to put my arm around them and tell them I care. I have no problem telling people I love them.”

Nate shared numerous stories about his service to Lord; some of the stories were funny and some were heart wrenching. The thing that stood out to me the most was when he said, “When people feel important they can do more things and they can be more happy. When they are happy, they come unto Christ. In consequence, I constantly think of ways were I can make people feel important and therefore come unto Christ.” Nate went on to share more experiences with me and then shared with me the hardest thing in life for him, “loving people can cause lots of pain and sorrow because those you love don’t always do what you think is best for them. Sometimes that makes you want to cut yourself off from people.”

Nate has several goals in life, all of which are admirable. He wants to help out all those he can, he feels it is the only way to pay back those who helped him. He wants to be a life long missionary, and grow up to be the wonderful person that he has seen his parents, mission president and other role models be. He works hard to model himself into a future loving husband, father and role model.

He aspires to become a prominent figure in the financial business world where he can be an example of Christ to those he works with, and where he can use his resources to do the most good that he can.

The last thing I always ask people when I interview them is what they want to be know for when the leave this world for the next. “I want to be the guy who was there when no one else was. The guy who never stopped believing in them. I want to be known as the friend. I want to leave a stamp on everyone’s heart. One cannot ask for anything more.”

There is so much more I desire to write about Nate, I have several pages of notes that would easily take up another 5 pages of writing, but this will have to suffice.

I regret not realizing what a great guy Nate is until after knowing him for several months. I always see him humbly on his knees before God, and I always hear the word "love" flying freely from his mouth. I feel that I missed out on multiple opportunities to improve myself through his example. Nate is a great inspiration and I look forward to learning more from him as our friendship continues.

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