The Raleigh Family

Invictus Emergo

Week 2 - It’s amazing how many people are here from all over the world 

Dear family,

It’s good to know that life is good there. Life is good here too. It’s amazing how many people are here from all over the world. The spirit is very strong here and I’m still learning a lot. They told us that this is the fast program in the world to learn languages because we have the secret ingredient, the spirit.

Maddi it’s cool that you did that mini thon thing! How'd it go? I was actually there the first year they did that for key club and it was really small but it’s good to hear that so many people were involved! Also I guess you can be a steward over my posters while I’m gone but you best take care of them sister!

How are the flowers going? I bet Kacen’s gonna turn out to be a pretty adventurous kid.

I’m not actually teaching real investigators ether they're teachers but its pretty much the same experience as a real investigator. The other day Elder Oaks was here on Tuesday and spoke to us about having the spirit with us. It was really cool! The spirit was pretty strong. I know that I’m in Provo for a good reason. I've learned so much already. I get to go to the temple every P-day too which is pretty cool. We do it at like 7 in the morning. We’re not supposed to do baptisms because the youth in this area wakes up at like 4 in the morning and comes every single day! It’s pretty awesome how many of them come out for it. I’m good friends with all of the people here. It’s crazy ‘cause it’s like I’ve known them forever. I've learned that there is nothing that will bring people closer than the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I miss you guys and pray for you everyday


Elder Raleigh

I miss you guys and pray for ya every day.


Monday, March 26, 2012 9:14:00 AM Categories: Letter's Home

Week 1 - I made it to the MTC safely 

Dear family,

 I made it to the MTC safely and I can only write on Mondays for like 30 min. The MTC is awesome. My companion’s name is Elder Clawson and we're getting along awesome. I have the best district in the MTC. There are 5 elders and 2 sisters but one of the sisters is leaving tomorrow.

I'm learning Portuguese pretty well. I’ve taught two lessons in it already. We had to teach in our languages our second day here so it was pretty intense. We pretty much have to teach someone every day that we’re here. So I think that I’m going to learn a lot.

I watched a talk by Elder Bednar Last night that taught about the character of Christ. It’s considered by many as the best MTC talk ever given. I learned so much from it that I can’t really summarize it correctly. I would tell you to watch it but it’s only available to missionaries. But the character of Christ is to always look outward to others. Paul said when I am weak I am strong and elder Bednar taught us that this is because if when we are in our weakest moments and we choose to only serve others and not ask for pity on ourselves then the lord will give us strength. He also taught that when we lost our selves in the service of others then is when the lord will show us who we really are. I wish you guys could see the talk because I can't really explain it very well.

Anyway, how is everything back home?

I miss you guys and it would be cool if you guys wrote me some dear elders or something.

Oh also I met a sister whose name was sister McKay and I asked her if she was related to David o. McKay and she was so we’re related! I got a picture with her. Oh speaking of pictures I don’t know yet how I’m going to send pictures home but hopefully I’ll figure it out soon. Also can you send me a 32g memory card while I’m here in the MTC because I don’t know how long I’m going to be here?

I know that I’m here in Provo for a reason and all of my district feels the same way. I've learned a lot so far and I’m looking forward to learning so much more.

I miss you all and love you all. Can't wait to hear from you.



Elder Raleigh


Monday, March 19, 2012 2:58:00 PM Categories: Letter's Home
Elder Ian McKay Raleigh