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Story Behind Missionary Reality TV Show, 'The District'

Elder J. Tyler Christensen saw his opportunity and didn’t hesitate.

“From what you have been telling us, over and over again, is your willingness to follow Jesus Christ,” said Christensen, whose eyes were fixed on a stout young man with curly black hair. “Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God?”

“I will,” said German, wiping at his eyes.

Although only in his first lesson with the two San Diego Mormon missionaries, German was ready to quit smoking. He was ready to embrace the LDS faith and change his life.

“I am willing and I accept,” German said. “This is the opportunity I have been waiting for all my life, to get baptized.”

A date was set. Elder Mike Moreno promised German they would help him prepare for his baptism and handed him a picture of Jesus to remind him of his commitment. German said he would place it next to a photo of his grandparents.

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