North Carolina Raleigh Mission

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The Church

The Church holds a strong presence in North Carolina. There are over 16 stakes in North Carolina. There is one temple there in the Raleigh area. The church is constantly growing, as the missionary work continues.

The North Carolina Raleigh Temple

The North Carolina Raleigh Temple


North Carolina loves their traditional meals of “Cookout” also known as BBQ. In the city or out in the country, these customary dishes of Vinegar-based BBQ, hush puppies, sweet potato pie, grits, and the infamous white coconut cake are favorites in the South.

Pulled Pork BBQ

Pulled Pork BBQ










The Hush Puppy: fried cornbread

White Cocunut Cake

White Cocunut Cake










Although North Carolina is known for its BBQ, one can find any type of food. One need not worry if they have food allergies or specific food preferences.


The Raleigh area facilitates easy access to get from place to place. With its highway system that includes the Raleigh Beltline, I-40, I-540, and many others that enter and lead people to various directions.

The mission itself is a bike and car mission. In the rural areas that are larger than the city areas use cars to get around. Missionaries in the city are mobile on feet and bikes.


Because of the rural areas that missionaries work in, wild dogs are a major problem for safety issues.



In North Carolina it’s common for people to hold hands when they pray.

There are also pineapples on many front porches, which signify “hospitality” – it is a very Southern Baptist act of kindness.


Local Lingo

Here are some common phrases used in North Carolina:

“Bless your heart”

“Y’all” – People use this phrase when talking to a group of people.

“Knee Baby” – refers to the next youngest child

“Foolish” – This is a word that is used often, but doesn’t always refer to the true meaning. It has a lighter connotation.

Essential Equipment

Because of the humidity and rain, here are a few things that will help with the weather:

  • Arm and Hammer powder
  • Short-sleeve white shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Camelbak

Additional Info

The mailing system runs smoothly, especially within the United States. Expect promptness in letters, if you choose to use snail mail.

Flag of North Carolina Raleigh Mission


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President Marc A. Bernhisel

6508 Falls of Neuse Ste 100
Raleigh NC 27615-6845
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Southern Baptist, Pentacostal
The Raleigh area is humid and intensifies the winter and summer seasons. Summer degrees roam around 90 °F (32 °C) and the short winter averages cool temperatures of 41.0 °F (5.0 °C). North Carolina experiences a lot of rain, although there have been years of drought that only occur on occasion.
Raleigh, Durham


Straight from the North Carolina Raleigh Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Stoffers lasagna”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Sour kraut spice cake”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The “English” terms people used. ‘Far see’ ‘mash the button’ etc”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the North Carolina Raleigh Mission?
“Get ready to be hot!”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?

*Other comments?

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