28: The District – A Mormon Expositor Review: Epilogue

Brandt is joined by Ryan, Sara and Amy to discuss all the things they wanted to discuss at a later point, including stats, mission leadership, and exceptionalism.



  1. Elder Franklin

    Loved every minute !!! Great substitution to my scripture study ! Don’t tell my companion, he thinks I am listening to Scriptures on Tape…he cant’t figure out why I am laughing so much …hehe…
    Hey, I am currently serving a mission and you all can follow me if you want to :)

    Reply Jan 13, 2013 @ 22:25:00
  2. Trent

    Loved Ryan’s insight, I served in Salt Lake South, and a lot of what he said was still very true in 2004-2006, and some better, some worse.

    I loved and not quite so loved a lot about my mission, despite leaving the church behind. Another great show.

    Reply Jan 14, 2013 @ 23:56:00
  3. jennwestfall

    This question is directed to those return missionaries who are no longer members of the church….do you ever feel guilty about bringing people into church that you now no longer believe in? Even though I did not serve mission, there was one friend that I tried to introduce to the gospel, who didn’t bite. But I am so glad now that she didn’t. What are your feelings about those people who you baptized on your mission?

    Reply Jan 19, 2013 @ 08:56:00
  4. A CSDM Alum

    Wish I would have known about this podcast series earlier! I served a mission in San Diego when “The District” was filmed.

    Reply Mar 06, 2013 @ 21:37:37
    • Law

      I wish we would have known earlier too! I would have loved to have you on!

      Reply Mar 08, 2013 @ 09:06:01
  5. Ryan

    Thank you Trent, I had a great time doing the podcast. I am not surprised that much of the same activity is happening now as it once did.
    jennwestfall, great question. I don’t think I feel guilty. As I would only feel that way if at the time of my mission I knew I was perpetuating a story that I knew wasn’t true. I did believe then, so at the time acted in good conscience. Of course, looking back as I feel now, it can be a little hard to think of where these men and women are now, that I baptised. I will bet however that only a small percentage remained active, and if they are happy about going, then I guess I am ok with that. I only want for people to be happy.

    Reply Apr 22, 2013 @ 13:06:28
  6. k

    I adored this podcast series. You all could do a podcast on missionary life every week and I would never get bored. I enjoyed The District in a lot of ways, but there was at least one long, cringe-worthy moment in most episodes. (Elder Bot’s eye contact with John during the Joseph Smith First Vision story brought back uncomfortable feelings from my own missionary lessons, and I actually closed my eyes and squirmed from the pressure being put on Brother Ramirez – am I remembering his name correctly? — to accept baptism). Without knowing that I could listen to all of you deconstructing these scenes, I’m not sure I would have made it through all 8 episodes. Sara’s insights as a former MTC teacher were really helpful; I wish I could see the MTC edits and the discussions they provoked!

    Reply Oct 17, 2013 @ 09:29:13
    • brandt

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I know we all had a blast doing the podcast series.
      And I’d have to stop myself, because I’d love to do a 15-part series on Missionary Life (but only you and I would be interested in that!)

      Reply Oct 17, 2013 @ 09:41:37
      • teleste

        I forgot to add that I’m totally going to be hunting down Choffy now. They should pay you a finder’s fee.

        Reply Oct 18, 2013 @ 08:01:28
  7. Ryan Rebalkin

    If we do a Missionary life Podcast you know I am there !

    Reply Dec 28, 2013 @ 19:17:57

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