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

  • My beliefs/your beliefs

    Hi again,
    I just read through a bit on Mormon beliefs and your answers to a few. While I understand where you are coming from concerning your beliefs, I don’t share them and the reasons are simple. Jesus hung on the cross with the two other criminals. To one who said he believed he said, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” That’s it. Believe unto the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. All the other stuff is really secondary. Important but secondary. Furthermore, I think that you will find that no two Christians or Mormons believe exactly alike. I think the Mormons, similar to the Catholic Church put other things ranking important in equal measure to Jesus Christ which I don’t believe one can do.
    If all people (whether they were evil/Christ rejecting or righteous believers have the same opportunity at the judgement to receive eternal life with glorified bodies, then why did Christ come down to suffer and die for us? What purpose did that serve? Jesus used the rich man who is tormented in hell who sees Abraham resting in God’s bosom across a great divide. The rich man expresses if he could only go back and tell his family….his status or salvation did not change. Also, you talk about Jesus witnessing to spirits before he was resurrected because he descended into hell. Ask yourself: why did he do this? Did they all accept him or were there some who still rejected him? I maintain that there will always be some who reject him. The demons know who Jesus
    is and were in his holy presence yet 1/3 of them still rejected him….while everything was great! They had it made! Everything in their world was great and yet Lucifer convinced them it was better to reject God. And one thousand years from now they will still reject God. God is holy and this particular group of rejecting angels is anything but. So in one breath you say that only the Mormons are the true priesthood, but everyone in the end receives a resurrected, glorified body. When it comes right down to it, the prodigal son is equal to his brother who was righteous and toiled while he lived a less then holy life. The only thing that redeemed him is his repentance. Otherwise they are equal in God’s eyes. Both on different paths. Our works are as filthy rags and so while the righteous path is a good thing and very noble with all of the works that go with it to glorify God, it is only our relationship to our Lord and acceptance of him being our Lord and savior (just like the thief on the cross) that holds any water. You will definitely be higher in the Kingdom of heaven compared to me. But should I care about that really? Just like John the Baptist said, He should increase while I decrease….shouldn’t my main focus be to worship and glorify God because it’s really not about me? My motivation should never be about being in charge of a planet later on….my reward or any of that. Just some thoughts. Again, God’s blessings to you and your wonderful family. My intent is not to offend. I believe God leads hearts and does not wish any to stumble. I also believe I’m being lead to tell you that you have been tested in the past and will be tested again in the future. It may be more than you can bear. Stay strong, and let all of that other stuff fall away around you because in the end, it is just you and Jesus Christ. Not the pope or Joseph Smith.

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  • Jehovahs Witnesses

    Thank you for allowing others to contribute to your page I’ve very much enjoyed reading some of the questions .
    One question that did confuse  me though was regarding the  Beliefs of Jehovahs Wittnesses 
    I have been a Jehovah s Wittness  for 30 years  and some of your information was not accurate .
    We Believe  and highly reguard  and Esteem Jesus Christ as our Savior and base our whole Dedication  and Baptism  on our knowledge of the Ransom Sacrifice that only by him we can approach our heavenly Father Jehovah  with a clean conscience.
    Because of this we have the greatest respect for our Savior Jesus Christ and that he is now Ruling from heaven .
    We definately  do not follow a Man or Men we are not a cult  We are a unified  organised people dedicated to accomplishing the preaching of The Good News of the coming Kingdom stated Mathew ch 6 verse 9.
    Our ministry is a way of life and a ongoing assignment untill the conclusion  of the system of things It is organised  in a unified way Worldwide  in every continent and in over 280 languages .
    Once you are dedicated and Baptised this is your assignment.
    Although there is no hourly requirement all the work is done on a voluntary basis .
    Our elders in the Congregations world wide are not paid.
    Our Governing Body is not paid.
    Our building and construction of Kingdom halls is non paid work 
    Our Wittnessing work is not paid 
    To Unify over 8million people worldwide to accomplish this work is an amazing thing .
    We all Meet together  twice a Week to study the Scriptures and each meeting is exactly the same format  in any Kingdom Hall worldwide .
    If you would like  to really see what Jehovahs  Wittnesses believe  please feel free to  look up  JW.org 
    We have nothing to hide just  we are just fellow workers .
    I have for  many years admired your family and wish you the best in all  things  
    Hope this  has clarified a few things for you 
    Much Warm Christian love to your Family
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  • 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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