Sunday, February 17, 2013

the raya

Pronounced rah-jjjjjjjjjjjjaaaaahhhhh

When we arrived in the mission, there was a tradition that the missionaries wear a raya in their hair. The word actually means streak, line or stripe, but in this case it used to designate a part in their hair.

The white handbook for elders reads:

Hair. Keep your hair relatively short (not clipped too close) and evenly tapered. Extreme or faddish styles—including spiked, permed, or bleached hair or a shaved
head—are not appropriate.

Presidente was pleased to carry on with the raya tradition. He has had the same hairstyle since he first had hair.






Nowadays, I have to be grateful that he still has hair to part.





The missionaries seem to enthusiastically embrace the raya. Certain missionaries have such a distinctive raya that they are known for it mission-wide.


Not only are we the best mission in all the world…

our missionaries have the best rayas , as well!


  1. Love it!!! I told Elliot about it the other day because he likes all of his hair forward...but knowing what was best in BA West, he got his own raya!

  2. I can't believe how similar Audrey and Dad's baby picture looks!! Clark and Audrey definitely got the Papa's eyes!