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

  • adultery?

    Why did Joseph Smith marry his followers wives?  Whose wife will they be in heaven?

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  • Cross or Moroni

    Is Moroni the symbol of your religion? If you don’t like the cross why have him on your church steeples?
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  • 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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  • Seeking

    Almost 3 years ago, I lost someone who I was very close to and who helped me through some very dark times in my life. Since his passing, I’ve found myself struggling with my relationship with God and I have been having a difficult time rebuilding my relationship with Him and I am wondering if you have any advice on how to make my personal relationship with God stronger.

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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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  • 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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