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Hi I'm Leland Martineau

I'm a paralegal. I'm a composer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm am from Bountiful, Utah. composing music, writing novels, and water sports. If I'm not occupied with responsibilities or hobbies I can be found strolling and admiring aisles stocked with office supplies. I'm the eldest of five children and the first in my family to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My experience as a missionary in Baltimore, Maryland has shaped my life in more ways than I can ever thank God for. I have been Mormon all my life, but I was truly a convert at age seventeen. My story is long and complex but I promise your time is worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were strong members in Mormon Church and while I leaned on their faith for many years I did eventually make the conscious decision to be apart of the faith. This didn't happen until I was seventeen. It was at that time that I had began to wonder if I really believed in Jesus Christ, the Atonement, Joseph Smith; things that were crucial to being converted to Mormonism. I began going to church less frequently and searching my soul and heaven for answers. In time my answers came. This was indeed the church that God has established on earth. When I discovered this I immediately began to do the most I could to be a contributor to God's church. The result of that is where I am now. I'm serving a mission in Maryland, teaching the gospel to all who listen.

How I live my faith

The greatest way I live my faith is by sharing it. I believe firmly in the words of Christ that say, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." In accordance with these words I serve a fulltime mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I share the gospel with people who I befriend and come to love. These relationships have become the most valuable to me of all my relationships because they have been founded on the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no better anchor and no better way to live than by sharing the gospel.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Leland Martineau
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not support any particular political party. In "The Articles of Faith" ,written by our first prophet Joseph Smith and published in the local newspapers of the time, it is stated "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." In examining this statement one finds that the church can operate under all these different regimes and still uphold the law in every way. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints upholds and through its members supports every government and political party in which it can be found. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Leland Martineau
I find that the most powerful persuasion of the existence of God through creation is this small truth: a scientist could tell you everything about a leaf; what substances make it up, the chemical formula, the molecules and bonds. Yet despite all that he cannot create a leaf. Certain laws that have been greatly accepted in science are: "Matter is neither destroyed nor created", and "Energy is neither destroyed nor created." These are at least true for us, but it all is here, and where it started is a great mystery to some. For me this all is an indication of a creative being who can create both energy and matter. That creative being is God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Leland Martineau
Latter Day Saints do not worship Joseph Smith in any way shape or form. As a missionary in Baltimore, Maryland I have heard this question before and as an authorized teacher of this religion whose duty is to proclaim the gospel I can say this is not so. Joseph Smith is the first man to have the authority given to him by God, and not man, to lead the Church of Christ since the Apostles died. God and His Son, Christ, spoke to Joseph when he was a mere fourteen year old young man. Jesus Christ sent John the Baptist, as well as Peter, James and John the Beloved, to give to Joseph Smith authority by the laying of hands in the same manner that the apostles did receive authority from Jesus. This restoral of the authority is God's mark of full endorsement of a man as Prophet. Joseph Smith as the first man to be bestowed with this authorization since the Bible times is held in great respect just as the Israelites held Moses in high respect, just as they held Joshua in high respect, just as early Christians held Peter in high respect. Respect ought not to be confused with worship. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Leland Martineau
The Book of Mormon was started by a prophet named Nephi who originated in Jerusalem at the time of King Zedekiah and the prophet Jeremiah, or 600 BC. He traveled with his parents, wife, three brothers and their wives. They were led by God to build a ship and travel to the Americas. Prophets in Nephi's posterity kept a record of sermons and historical events up until 400 AD. In the middle of this period, 33 AD, Jesus Christ visited these people and set forth the teachings of his Gospel and showed them the evidence of his Atonement, the nail prints in his hands and feet. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the Americas who were descended of the Jews. It is a testimony of the Doctrine of Christ in new and old testament times, a testimony of the visit Jesus Christ made to the Americas and an accurate historical of early Americans. It is also the most pure book of scripture upon the earth and if you will read it, seek out the teaching and doctrines, and then pray whether those teachings you will receive an answer from the Holy Spirit of God the truth of the book for your own self. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Leland Martineau
You may have heard that is a requirement as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to serve a mission. Right now I am serving a mission, but I was not required to do it. I chose to. It was not a stipulation of my membership, it did not endanger my salvation. I simply had a desire to share what now means the most to me in my life with others. As I have done so I have come to feel great joy. My joy comes in seeing them make changes in their life that bring them closer to God and free them from the burdens of guilt that come from sin. The Atonement of Christ has never been more real to me as watching the people I learn to love repent and feel true joy and experience real freedom that only the gospel of Christ can bring. I feel the pure love of Christ in our relationship and nothing else compares to that feeling. That is why I am on a mission. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Leland Martineau
So you want to attend a meeting with the Mormons? You are absolutely more than welcome to join at any chapel. Our congregations meet at 9 am, 11am and 1pm. When you attend you can expect to see the Bishop and his Councilors sitting on the stand by the behind the podium, one of them will conduct the meeting. There will first be some announcements to the congregation, you may not understand most of them. The audience will most likely raise their hands in unison; don't worry, you don't have to. The congregation shows thanks for people who are being released from leadership and showing support to those who are taking their place by raising their hands. Afterwards a hymn will be sung and a prayer offered. Then typically a youth will give a short talk followed by two adult speakers. These speakers are chosen from the congregation a few weeks in advance. The speakers my be separated by musical numbers or hymns as the programs outlines. Following the speakers a last hymn will be sung and a closing prayer given. This main service lasts about 70 minutes. Immediately following the main services 1 hour classes will be held for the next two hours. The first is split by age group, the second by age group and gender. The classes allow for doctrine to be shared and discussed so that people can learn more individually, comment, and ask questions. Attendance of the full service is 3 hours. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Leland Martineau
We believe firmly in the teachings of Christ about sharing his gospel: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." In accordance with these words I serve a fulltime mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I share the gospel with people who I befriend and come to love. These relationships have become the most valuable to me of all my relationships because they have been founded on the Lord Jesus Christ. These people have come to be my dearest friends and deepest loves. I have felt at times for short moments the magnitude of love Christ has for them and that is why I serve a mission. There is no better anchor and no better way to live than by sharing the gospel. Even when my mission comes to an end I will continue to share the gospel of Christ by sharing with those whom I love. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Leland Martineau
The demographic of an area may change the way Mormons dress for our Sabbath Meetings. As a member in the United States of America I most often see men and boys in slacks, button-up shirts, and ties; (suits are also common). For women and girls skirts, dresses and heels or flats are most typical. However there has been frequent occasion when I have seen people who have less than others, and though they dress in their "Sunday Best" which may be more casual clothing, these people are not turned away. The principle of dressing in our "Sunday Best" for the Lord is a sacrifice of the heart, not of material means. Easter and Christmas are celebrated as they revolve around the birth and death of Christ. These are celebrated worldwide. However other holidays of no spiritual significance are also celebrated. These celebrations are varied and unique and are dependent upon the demographics of the area. In the United States of America Mormons celebrate every holiday the same as every typical American does. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Leland Martineau
In reading the Book of Mormon I fell in love with the account given of the visitation of Jesus Christ. In 3 Nephi chapters 11-28 tell of this visit made by the Messiah of the world to a people who believed in him but had yet to see him. The question that came to me is not whether the Book of Mormon records the visit, but whether that record was true. Was the Book of Mormon written by prophets of God? Was it valid scripture? Could I trust it? One of the Book of Mormon prophets, Moroni, claims that if the Book of Mormon is true than one can pray to God to know for certain, "And when ye shall receive these things ... ask God ... in the name of Christ, if these things are not true;" Moroni tells us that in order to receive that answer our question must be sincere and honest seeking, "... if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent ... he will manifest the truth of it unto you," Moroni also tells us the way that God will communicate this answer, "... by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I took it upon myself to discover whether the Book of Mormon was a book written by prophets of God by testing Moroni's claim. In prayer I knelt and asked God to show me that this was a true book. I waited a long time after that prayer, sure that I would hear or feel something. Nothing. So I turned to the Book of Mormon and as I began to read I felt great peace and surety that everything I had read was true. Jesus did come to them. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Leland Martineau
Faith is a belief in things that you cannot see. I have faith that the sun will rise and bring a new day. Faith is more than just believing though. It is a belief so strong you act upon it. So because I believe the sun will rise tomorrow I have planned activities, people to see, I have everything prepared for work. The majority of humankind has faith in the sun. In a more religious context I have faith that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world and that he suffered for our sins. I so strongly believe it that I do my best to repent and ask his forgiveness. I act upon the belief that my sins will be forgiven. That is Faith. Faith in Jesus Christ is not always easy to obtain. It first requires hope that Jesus really was the Savior. Once you have that hope, that it is a possibility that he suffered and died for you, experiment upon that hope. Act on the things Christ taught and see if they are true. If they are true than your hope will grow into faith because you have seen his teachings in action, and that they bring forth the results he said they would. As you continue to act upon that faith it will eventually over time bring a sure knowledge of Jesus Christ our Savior. Show more Show less