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

  • Death & Faith

    When I was 17, I  “flat lined” after an accident & was later told I had died for just under 5 min. Saw myself dead, then turned to walk up a hill on a path. It was a bit misty but got brighter as I kept going along path that got brighter, quickly. Saw a man standing at a trellis type entry. Knew he was family but did not recognize him. Just FELT like family(?). He smiled, shook his head no, and said “not yet, not for awhile”. I was never afraid the entire time through I knew I was suddenly moving backwards. Man and trellis got smaller till it was misty again. Woke with a jolt to hear dr & nurses cheering, “we got you back sweetie!” They were so happy but I was sorry they saved me. Until I saw my mom in recovery. First time I saw my dad cry & I hugged them both, glad to be back. Ten yrs later my aunt was showing me pics of family (paternal side 14 kids, maternal side 11!, not Osmond but close!) My aunt showed me pic of my Uncle Hadley. He had died in 1925 at age 16 of influenza. That was the “man” I had met at the top of the path. My husband (married 30 yrs) is LDS, baptized as a child, attended church in Vegas, most of his family is devout. I’m mix of everything. Protestant ,Lutheran, Christian Science, Methodist. Yet he does not believe my story & thinks death is the end. I KNOW what I saw. How do I convince him the faith he was raised in is correct? I want to convert, he is now agnostic. We lost our only child in 2013. Want desperately to insure we are reunited. Any ideas, suggestions? I’ve loved you since childhood, know your integrity, met you twice, so trust any help you can give. Thank you. Love, Jeannie

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  • 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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  • Life after death

    Do you believe in life after death? do you believe that you will be reunited with your love ones that have passed on before you?

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  • Death and Soul

    Does death make two persons out of one?

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  • An LDS view on rapture

    What is your idea about rapture?

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  • Are They Up There?

    I lost just about everyone in my family, from illness… What I would like to get your thoughts on, is it possible that when it is my time to pass, will they be there to guide me to my place.

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  • Dealing with death

    My mom just passed away after a year long battle with cancer. I need god’s strength to get through it. Is there a bible verse that would help me?

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  • Do You Believe You’ll Go To Heaven

    If you died today, do you know for sure, without a doubt that you would go to heaven? …God bless you.

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  • Our Little Girl Died, Was She Old Enough to Believe

    Our little girl died from cancer at the age of 11. Though she certainly had been taught who and what Jesus was, was she old enough to really believe and accept?

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