My Beliefs

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Donny Osmond

“As I’ve traveled all over the world, the fact that I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has caused a lot of interesting questions. I’ve received so many letters and e-mails asking things like, What are the basic beliefs of Latter-day Saints?”

Debby & Donny Osmond

My Testimony

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…Some want to know how Debbie and I have been able to maintain a strong marriage — over all these years — while living in the world of show business. Others want to know how we dealt with the challenges of raising a close and happy family in such difficult times.

How do we maintain a balance between work, and family life? Well, you know it’s not always easy, but the following pages are my attempt to explain a way of life that helps answer these kinds of questions. It gives me stability in a world, and in a business, that can be uncertain, compromising, and stressful. It’s the pattern that gives me direction in my life. And, I hope that this information will help answer some of your questions.

Questions & Answers

  • Is your church my path to God’s love again?

    I guess I want to know if I belong or could even be accepted in the views of your faith? I feel as though some of my mistakes and straying from belief has made me unworthy/unable to receive the peace in my heart that I once had when I thought about my relationship with God. Could I have completely burned my bridge with God?

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  • LDS Exclusions

    I found your site while googling Word of Wisdom and temple interviews. Thank you!
     
    I am LDS, but mainly because it’s good for my kids and keeps everybody (family) happy. I do defend the church strongly when it seems appropriate, but I also don’t mind gently teasing members for things that make little sense. I hold no bad ill, but still am bothered by exclusions.
     
    EXCLUSIONS
     
    It always bothered me that blacks were excluded from the church (until 1978).  Once when I questioned the ban, a member told me my thoughts were of the devil.
     
    I am still bothered that family and friends are not allowed to attend temple weddings (unless meeting strict standards). Parents and siblings are not allowed to  attend weddings of their loved ones. Even active kids are banned from the wedding ceremony – which some leaders are now trying to call ‘only a sealing,’ although no other ceremony follows and most states count the temple ceremony as a legal marriage.
     
    Coffee drinkers are not allowed to be baptized, teach, or visit the temple. A non-member co-worker always acts confused at us Mormons. She avoids sugar and soda, eats little meat, and eats rabbit food (salads) for lunch. We Mormons bring our cheeseburgers, Jimmy Johns, and energy drinks. We qualify to be members — she does not because she drinks coffee instead of soda.  Even LDS-owned KSL republished an article about studies that showed coffee can expand lifespans.
     
    Hot drinks: Hot Chocolate is ok.
    Meat sparingly: Church events = lots of meat
    Barley drinks: Gets you banned from baptism & callings.
     
    I see inconsistency – much is probably just historical since times have changed. Would love to see church updates to meet our times. I have never smoked, had an alcoholic drink or a coffee. But I think it’s sad that we exclude those who do.
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  • Jesus Christ and satan

    Is it correct that your religious cult believe satan and Jesus are brother?

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  • Life’s Challenges/Thanks

    I recently heard an interview you did a few years ago about the panic attacks you had and how you dealt with them. I have loved you and your familys music and comedy for years since i was young. I am 7 years younger than you and have been listening to you for over 30 +years. ( no insult intended and apologize if you take it as that..)  but I cried for Marie when I read abt her sons passing and over the loss of your parents. I think its great that you hv family to lean on in times of depression. I hv no family left and basically deal with hard times on my own. Anyway i have panic attacks all the time over different events and choices of people i have allowed in my life. I just wanted to say thank you for not giving up entertaining and for being the fantastic man my cousin says you are. I dont know if you remember Squire Rushnell but he was vice president of ABC alot of years back and not exactly sure what studio or what he did in california after leaving ABC. Anyway thank you for showing alot of us that you can pull yourself up from the hard times when it seems like you cant breathe. Both you and Marie are an inspiration… Thank you again. God Bless you, Debbie and your respected family. 
    Sincerly, 
    Tanya
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  • You Served a Mission

    I just read your statement about not regretting serving a full-time mission.  I just wanted you to know that I decided to take the missionary discussions from the missionaries when I was 16 years old because of your example. I wanted to know more about your beliefs then and I eventually joined the church in 1976. My  sweet husband and I were eventually sealed in the Dallas, Texas temple and our youngest daughter is currently serving a mission in Argentina.  By living the gospel principles, you DID serve a mission and touched the lives of more people than you can imagine. There is nothing to regret.

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  • Questions of Faith

    Hi Donny, You just don’t know how much I have been struggling with my feelings of faith lately.  Not that I don’t have it.  I love God, I am a true follower of Jesus Christ but I have lost faith in my church. I have been searching for so long for my place in the Spiritual world. I read my Bible everyday, I pray to God everyday I have a Faith journal that I write in everyday.  I don’t even begin my day without spending at least 30 minutes with God.  My issue has been the politics, the meanness and the Sunday Christians that I have been involved with over the years.

     

    I feel like I am receiving a sign from God, so let me ask you what you think.  I am not going to sit here and say that I never followed the Osmond’s  From the time I was 5 I knew all about you and your family. Years past by and life went on and before too long you guys were a childhood memory to me.

     

    One day I turned on Pandora radio at work, turned on the 70’s channel and I heard this song called “Can’t get There Without You” When I realized it was the Osmond’s I needed more.  That was the first sign for me.  Then…I started seeing all these spiritual quotes on FB from your brother Allen and one day he posted an add about Health and Wellness, Well I have been going through a lot of emotional stuff, my marriage was failing, my dad had just passed away, my son turned 18 and didn’t need his mom anymore, my job was closing it’s doors, I needed something because no matter how much I prayed, I didn’t feel anything good was happening, or was it??? I inquired about the Wellness Info on the web having no idea that I would soon get a phone call from, yes…Your brother Allen.  I talked to him and Suzanne for quite some time and I still text him from time to time.  Although, never once while talking to him did I mention his career or even that I knew who he was.  I was serious about getting myself straight again.

     

    Over Easter, he posted some beautiful, spiritual, mind opening information on Facebook and I just find myself intrigued.  I now work for the Public Library in our area, which by the way I am now reading your book and I cannot put it down, anyway, I went over the resource area and found the Book of Mormon and started reading over it.  Needless to say, tonight I have 2 missionaries coming by my house to talk and bring me my own book to read.

     

    Do you think this could help me?  I always have heard that things happen for a reason so I really feel that hearing that song after over 30 years of losing touch was the first sign, actually talking to your brother was the second.  Do you think God is leading me to where he wants me?  I know that Mormons are so family oriented and I love that so much.  Family is so important to me and unfortunately it is so hard for people to have or even understand family values anymore.  I always put my family above everything.  My boys are the most important things in my life. As you can probably already see, I am searching for something in my spiritual life but I just don’t know what that might be.

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  • Family Relationships in the hereafter

    Can I ask with your faith showing Christianity why if only one member of the family becomes a member they don’t become together in the after life ..? 

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  • Apostacy in Ancient America

    If Christ visited the Americas and taught the people, and provided prophets to teach the gospel of the BOM…does that include an apostasy since Joseph Smith had to restore the true gospel of Jesus Christ? Or did Jesus Christ not preach and restore the true gospel at that time?

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  • Leadership

    It seems Thomas Monson has made one or two unpopular decisions. Could it be possible that a leadership challenge may result in such a situation. If the church could see as a result many people leaving because they didnt like the decisions made by the leader. Is it then possible that a change of leadership could take place.

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