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

  • 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. 

    Thank you for your time. 

    Angela

    Dear Angela,
     
    I agree with you wholeheartedly that God is a loving Father and I can see your line of reasoning. It would be nice if we did not have to struggle and/or as you said: “…be tested…”.  The concept of being tested, to me, has a broader meaning than what you described.  To me, a lot of being tested is that the Father needs to allow us, his children, to prepare to dwell with him as glorified resurrected beings and this requires that we prepare in this mortal state by learning to live the gospel, in other words, to follow Christ by keeping the commandments.  
     
    21  ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.   (New Testament | Matthew 7:21)
     
    Since none of can do this perfectly, he has “suffered” for the sins of all mankind, so that if we will exercise enough faith in him to repent of our sins, be baptized for the remission of our sins and be cleansed or sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost and endure in righteousness to the end of our mortal lives, we can be saved from a spiritual death meaning being separated from our Heavenly Father and Christ forever.  The test is to see who will follow the teaching of Jesus Christ.
     
    6 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
    17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
    18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (New Testament | Romans 8:16 – 18)
     
    I believe that our struggles, suffering and even pain, helps us understand a little better the pain and anguish that Jesus endured to answer for our sins. 
     
    8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
    9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
    (New Testament | Hebrews 5:8 – 9)
     
    It is the struggles in life that makes us grow.  Think of what would happen to a person who was weightless in space and on intravenous feeding so they did not have to move a muscle. They would soon atrophy and die. I believe spiritual growth and even emotional and intellectual growth requires overcoming resistance.  If you sheltered your children from any challenges in any of these areas, including having to work, they would grow up to be pretty much socially, emotionally and physically inept to face the challenges of life, would they not?
     
    The scriptures supports the value of more than living righteously but suggest the need for our suffering tribulations.
     
    7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  (New Testament | 1 Peter 1:7)
     
    22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.   (New Testament | Acts 14:22)
     
    THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
    2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
    3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
    4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

    5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  

    (New Testament | Romans 5:1 – 5)
     
    I would never intentionally impose pain or suffering on any of my children, but I can see that as life delivers these consequences for their actions or just adversities that seem to inevitably occur, it can be valuable for their growth.  I am sure our Heavenly Father feels the same about us.  The real test is to see how we deal with our trials.
     
    Thanks for such a thought provoking question.
     
    Donny Osmond