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?

    Darrell,
     
    Only in the last few years, since this has become a subject of interest on social media and is being used by some trying to discredit Joseph Smith and our Church, have we really began to pay much attention to the scanty history of that difficult practice mostly on America’s frontier.
     
    It is not difficult to understand the impressions people have of Joseph’s plural marriage practices, but we do need to realize that over 150 years ago on the frontier and in a sprouting new religion, things were different than now.  Girls often got married at a young age.  Joseph’s “sealing to other men’s wives”, was not what we might think of as marriage.  Some of the women who were “sealed” to him, desired the blessings promised in the “New and Everlasting Covenant” in the temple and either their husbands were not members of the Church or for some reason may not have felt worthy and asked Joseph to be sealed to them.  He never entered into any kind of marriage relationship with any of these women and he did not commit adultery as desperate “Mormon dissenters” want to imply.  These “sealings” were not intended to intervene with the couple’s marriage covenant in this life nor the next.  As the Church matured and revelation through living apostles and prophets continued, more understanding of the eternal relationship of families has more light and understanding on these and other matters.
     
    This response will serve as an update on that subject which will include a link to a rather detailed official explanation by the LDS Church. I have my own personal conviction that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God who was called upon by God and Christ themselves to restore the same gospel, priesthood authority and Church organization in these latter days that Jesus established anciently.  I am spiritually comforted to know that the apostles and prophets living today receive divine revelation to lead the Lord’s restored Church in these latter days.  I am confident that this restoration has been in fulfilment of Peter’s prophecy concerning the second coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ:
     
    Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.  (New Testament | Acts 3:21)
     
    I personally ​believe that the practice of plural marriage that God directed for Abraham and his grandson, Jacob along with other prophets “since the world began” was needed, even if for a short time, to fulfill that prophecy as part of “all things” that was to be restored; matters that “had been spoken” and practiced by ancient prophets, especially in those circumstances when it would have been helpful to increase more rapidly the number of devoted followers of these prophets, including those like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young in these latter days.  I can certainly understand how difficult it is for those not of our faith to accept our position on this subject, but it does not shake by faith in the least.  I do believe, as I have read, how very difficult it was for these early leaders to introduce such a strongly “controversial” practice which they initiated because they were commanded of God to do so, and knowing the challenges it would bring on the Church.
     
    Here is the link to the LDS Church official response: 
     
     
     
    I hope this will at least broaden your perspective on the subject.
     
    Donny Osmond​