15: The District – A Mormon Expositor Review for Episode 3: Number One

Brandt Malone, with the cast of usual suspects; Amy, Lance and Sara¬† discuss a “golden investigator” that finds out the hard way that getting the lesson on The Law of Chastity with out a pamphlet can cause serious misunderstandings. Also touched upon: LDS women and the expectation to look young and flawless-even after having several children. Listeners will also discover what Brandt considers “male bonding”. It’s a gem.

You can watch the episode online here.




  1. K.C. Krisher

    Great series of podcasts, and a terrific panel. Thank you all.

    There’s much good discussion of a missionary’s impact on investigators, but not as much discussion of the missionary program’s impact on the missionaries themselves, and especially about WHY the program is structured the way it is.

    Certainly, missions are not entirely about gaining converts. If they were, then there would be more service missions, which in other churches have been clearly shown to gain more converts than proselytizing missions.

    The key lies in the essence of the mission program. A proselytizing missionary will basically meet two types of people: A few who will submit to being taught by very bold and often surprisingly dressed young strangers, and many who will think that the young strangers are at best annoying or troubled or ludicrous, and at worst offensive or even a little frightening.

    The only thing that these two types of reactions have in common is that they reinforce the missionary’s sense of belonging to the Mormon tribe. A few contacts are “golden” and will submit, affirming the desirability of Mormonism. The rest will ignore, reject, or even insult the missionary, resulting in the reinforcement of the psychological boundary between Mormons and non-Mormons.

    This explains why serving in God’s Army is so often compared to serving in a real army. The psychological purpose of military training is to convince intelligent, good-hearted youngsters to accept orders to kill people whom they have never met. The purpose of the MTC is to convince intelligent, good-hearted youngers to accept orders to annoy and offend people whom they have never met.

    In both cases, the justification is that “it’s not just a job. It’s an adventure.” Or a way of liberating those who are willing to submit. Or a rite of passage. Or a family and social expectation. Or a jumping off point for education or a career. Or a service to God.

    Reply Nov 02, 2012 @ 09:41:16
    • brandt

      This is a really intriguing comment, K.C. Thanks for leaving it. Good stuff to chew on.

      Reply Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:55:38
  2. Polly Anna

    I loved Brandt’s mission voice! I didn’t even watched the show, but I could still enjoy the conversation.

    Reply Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:28:09
  3. Lance Rowley (@StuffLanceSez)

    Haha Brandt’s voice was pretty good. I really wanted to share mine but to do it I would have to speak in Spanish. I was really torn.

    I also think you’re right on the Money K.C. I even remember thinking several times while on my mission how I was on the “front lines.”

    Reply Nov 02, 2012 @ 18:59:45
  4. Bruce Bogtrotter

    Really enjoying this series.
    The closing discussions of this episode bring to mind the following quote from p199 of Preach My Gospel:

    “People may sometimes intellectually question what you teach, but it is difficult to question a sincere, heartfelt testimony”.

    It’s just facepalmworthy.

    Reply Nov 06, 2012 @ 14:03:09
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