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

  • 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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  • Apostles and Prophets (continued)

    I found what you sent me very interesting. I will give it my full attion and much thought. being an evangelical  I find believing the book of mormon as most churchs dont use it, but i am neeting missionries 2 decuss things i dont understand.

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  • Apostles and Prophets

     
    I noticed in a response 2 one off your fans. not all apostles were killed. John the disciple died a natural death didn’t as wasn’t murdered/killed so he could have passed on the right apostleship down by the laying of the hands, which then would mean the rightful church never left the earth. 
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  • Osmond church history

    It got me thinking about which ancestors in your family lines were the ones to join the church.  Can you share who they were, and maybe some stories about their conversions or early lives in the church? 
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  • Mormon belief that life is a test

    I read that Mormons believe that the purpose of life is to gain a body and to be tested. Is this accurate?

    As a parent, I find it very disturbing and even illogical that a loving God would deliberately “test” His children. That kind of philosophy sounds egocentric.

    I do agree that life is full of all kinds of hardships, tribulations, trials, etc., but it makes more sense that is due to the fallen nature of creation itself, and not something a loving God would deliberately do to His children.

    I don’t ask the following in a snarky way, rather just trying to understand what you believe is the nature of parenthood and what it means to be a parent. As a parent, Donny, have you and your wife raised your sons in at atmosphere of testing them? Or rather in an atmosphere of loving and nurturing them, especially during the times of challenges. 

    And what if they didn’t do well during those times of challenges. 

    I simply don’t understand the philosophy of a loving God “testing” His children. 

     

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  • Question on Joseph Smith lineage

    -Does being a a descendant of people recognized by followers in religions groups as “holy prophets” mean my family or myself is considered as “holy prophets”?

    -More directly, does being a descendant of the founder & leading prophet in LDS, Joesph Smith, categories my self as a, i guess one would say, “higher being” or “holy” in the view of LDS members?

    -Does being a descendant of a prophet mean I can enter a temple without going through the various ceremonies, since the blood in the veins is that of the founding prophet?
      Im guessing there there is a different sent of unspoken rules for those in the higher-priesthood of LDS.

    -Also one last random question, how to people of the church know if someone is “allowed” to enter the temple or if they are LDS all together?

    -i know only certain people are allowed to enter the church, so why does a church invite outsiders to explore the church beliefs & join, if outsiders are not allowed to set foot on the property?

     

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  • Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

    Hello Donny,

     
    I read just now someone’s question about Joseph and polygamy. You didn’t quite answer the question honestly or if you did then you answered in naivete, because you alluded that it was mainly Brigham Young that lived polygamy and that Joseph was only commanded to live it. Are you not aware of the Gospel Topics Essay’s on LDS.org?
     
     I thought I’d share it with you so you would respond in a more accurate way. 
     
    Years ago I stumbled across a website listing Joseph’s wives and it threw me into a major faith crisis. Practically robbed me of almost 10 years of angst and torture as to if I believe the cojcolds is still true. I’m still semi-active only because I help a young man in Primary and then Young Men’s because he suffers from a neurological brain disorder. My ward’s bishopric were pretty attuned to what would get me to come to church I guess.
     
    But I know you’re a busy person and I won’t bore you with the rest, it’s still going, but won’t get into it. The following is a link to the website and be sure to click on Nauvoo polygamy or the beginings of plural marriage to get the rest of the story. It is vital that people are aware and not blindsided like myself. The church leaders have recently asked CES leaders to make sure to go over these essays in order to answer questions openly and honestly. I will provide the second link about the early church’s practice of polygamy. 
     
     
    I apologize if this has already come to your attention. Take care!
     
    Lisa
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  • Thank you and my testimony

    Donny. :  I just want to commend you for your wonderful site defending LDS beliefs.  I was actually an investigator for 16 months.  I actually just stopped by randomly at the St George visitor center on my way to Zion NP ( we we’re staying in Vegas and took a day trip.   I wanted to go see that  cool white building.  Well I found we couldn’t go in but met a nice Australian missionary who took questions.  I laid them all out from Book of Mormon archeology to polygamy.  She didn’t argue just shared her faith.  I left that place spinning due to the amazing sweet spirit.

    I found myself in March in Nauvoo on my way back from a trip to Minnesota.  Again met some elder missionaries and the spirit was brimming.  I was no where near converting but I couldn’t quit studying. Been to Nauvoo seven times sense

    Well I met so many wonderful people and a year later joined on March 5th.  I am a passionate defender.  I have done fire sides and now am gospel principle teacher.  Love the church. Your website was a Huge help along the way.  I thank you so much.   I was sitting with my Book of Mormon and an evangelical lady sat in my booth at a donut shop and asked how I could believe that church.  I told her I believed like her but the laid out the pre mortal life and then Why we have temples to help redeem all of Gods children’s through Christ. She was shocked I had answers yet also could pass her quiz on how we are saved.
    It was a great 30 minute chat and respectful (yes she threw out the cult word once).
    Anyway I love to share my testimony and you had a part in it.  Best part of all:

    on APRIL 21 I will be at your show and have VIP tickets.  My name is Tony and can’t wait to meet you.  And it’s my birthday.  my wife is Mary. Huge fans.  She is not a member but she respects my journey although sometimes it’s a bit much.

    Thanks again and God bless you.  You are a true missionary.

    Tony 

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