20: The District – A Mormon Expositor Review for Episode 6: Saved For A Reason

Brandt hosts this episode along with the usual suspects; Amy, Lance and Sara as they discuss how missionaries struggle with relating to investigators who do not come from a Christian background. Also discussed, how missionaries struggle mentally when they feel they are failing by not baptizing enough or at all.




  1. sonya_d

    As usual, Amy is the voice of reason in this discussion, but it was great to hear Lance get riled up a bit. My favorite line of this episode came from Lance: “Too much believer chat.”

    I remember, even as a missionary, I was stunned to learn that we were supposed to invite people to baptism in the second discussion and really disliked the sales techniques that we were supposed to apply. It was the relationships that we developed, which were technically discouraged, that led to the most satisfying parts of my mission.

    Reply Nov 28, 2012 @ 13:30:35
    • amy

      oooh sonya_d….i dont think those words have ever been uttered before….amy, the voice of “reason”? LOL!!! Gold star for you!

      Reply Dec 01, 2012 @ 05:06:19
  2. Lance Rowley (@StuffLanceSez)

    Thanks for the compliment sonya_d! I did get riled up, and I think I got even more riled for the next episode we recorded last night (won’t be posted for a couple more days). The more I watch this show the crankier it makes me :/

    Reply Nov 28, 2012 @ 20:23:56
  3. Cylon

    For as much as you all said this episode of the TV show was disjointed, it sure made for a good podcast. So here are my disjointed responses.

    Loved Amy and Lance this time. So glad you’re not holding back, but at the same time, I don’t think anything you said was unfair or malicious. Brandt and Sarah were good sports about it all,too.

    I really appreciated Amy’s clarification about the terms regarding homosexuality we should use to be respectful. As a newly minted apostate, I’m constantly discovering modes of thinking in myself that are still informed by the Mormon paradigm, and it’s always good to have those pointed out. I’m curious, though, Amy, why exactly don’t you like the word “bisexual”?

    Brandt, I totally got the warm fuzzies listening to your story about helping out in the rice fields. I was thinking about it, and many of the best experiences in my mission were doing service as well, and had nothing to do with teaching the gospel. I have a hard time remembering what happened in the discussions for the various people we taught, but I absolutely remember stomping around in the mud making adobe bricks to help someone add a new room onto his house.

    Reply Nov 29, 2012 @ 11:32:12
    • amy

      thanks for your question Cylon!
      i personally dont like it because it has become a “sensationalized” term and brings up images of Jerry Springer, Girls Gone Wild and girls entertaining Frat boys. i realize that some people identify healthily with ‘bisexual’ but it just doesnt jive with me :)

      Reply Dec 01, 2012 @ 05:05:10
      • Cylon

        That makes sense Amy. I guess I’ve successfully avoided/ignored those particular cultural influences, none of that would have occurred to me.

        Reply Dec 02, 2012 @ 02:58:20
  4. Lance Rowley (@StuffLanceSez)

    Cylon as a mostly “newly minted apostate” myself I also am still falling into the Mormon way of thinking. I really want to change it. For example, sometimes I’ll see the way a woman is dressed and instantly think “boy is she dressed slutty/skanky.” Its so hard to get over that way of thinking, because we’ve been conditioned so long to think that way.

    By the way, what was it that you liked about the podcast ;).

    Reply Dec 01, 2012 @ 13:47:47
  5. Nate G

    Funny what you say about holier-than-thou Utah missionaries. As a missionary in the Ogden mission I often felt much the opposite. People often asked what we were even doing there and were sad for us that we didn’t get to serve real missions. But I can corroborate the honking and waving. One guy pulled over and shoved a 20 dollar bill in my pocket, jumped back in his car and pealed off.

    Reply Dec 11, 2012 @ 16:36:37

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