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

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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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  • Mary mother of Jesus

    Within the Morman beliefs, was Mary a virgin at the birth of Christ?

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  • 1 step forward 3 steps back.

    I guess I’m just looking for something to move us forward, an outside perspective on the struggles we face.

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  • Anxiety

    I suffer anxiety and claustrophobia even though I have tried several medications for anxiety. I am LDS but inactive.

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  • Salvation

    What does the Mormon church believe about receiving The Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior for the forgiveness of sins?

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  • How does accountability work?

    In the scriptures Jesus says that “though our sins be as scarlet, they will be white as snow” and that he “remembers them no more” so my question is, what is the judgement seat? Why are we judged if we have already repented of our sins?

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  • Mentally Challenged Child

    I just read your response to a woman who has a mentally challenged child, and this was at the end of the response (emphasis added):
    “I feel these, such as your son, are special souls who are  not subject to the wiles of Satan and who surely  must have been especially valiant before birth to not have to thus prove themselves here.”
    On the other hand, the blessings of marriage, and every other blessing and  eternal opportunity will be afforded to them in the worlds to come.  If you would be interested, I would love to share with you what I believe you must do to even keep up with him in eternity.”
    I, too have a mentally challenged child (now an adult), I would really appreciate your expanding on what you meant in these paragraphs.  Is it taken from the Bible?
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  • Jesus’ promise to the thief on the cross

    Hi, I wonder if you could clarify for me what a mormon would make of the thief on the cross when he asked Jesus ‘Remember me when you come into your kingdom’ to which Jesus replies  ‘…today you will be with ME in paradise’ (Luke 23 v 43)?

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  • Seeking peace when someone close to you is suffering

    How do you find peace and reconciliation with God when someone close to you is suffering?

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