My Beliefs

ARE WE RELATED?
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

  • Baptism for the Dead? Biblical?

    I wonder how the church basis it’s baptism for those who have passed away as biblical. Intercessory prayer is OK, but Baptizing dead people really doesn’t have much purpose. Why? Because a person is judged on their merits and works while here on earth. Once the person has died, they proceed to judgment or heavens gates to see if their name is in the book of life. Baptizing them after death, in my eye’s, doesn’t really serve any purpose. If they do not hear the word of God in this life, and therefore do not understand what God offers & plans for them, then the bible says that they may enter the gates of heaven when they are offered redemption at the gates of heaven & accept God & Jesus Christ as their savior.

    To help you understand this great blessing which the Lord offers to his children, turn to 1 Cor. 15:29, which says, “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?”

    If the ordinance of baptism by proxy for the dead was not being practiced in Christ’s Church when his apostles were on the earth, why is Paul asking the Corinthians about it? Further, if we see 1 Peter 3:18-19 and 1 Peter 4:6, we know that after Christ’s crucifixion, he went to the Spirit World and taught the gospel to those who had not heard it before they left the earth. Truly, the gospel was taught to them then and is still being taught to those who come to the earth and did not have an opportunity to hear and understand the gospel message. Because of the countless scriptures in the New Testament, which command all men and women to be baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost or they cannot inherit the kingdom of God, the Savior mercifully provides a way for all men and women throughout the ages to have the opportunity to hear the gospel and be baptized.

    Today, the work of baptism for the dead continues in the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those worthy members of the Church who are eligible to go there and perform these baptisms. This is one of the many reasons why the Church does such great genealogy work throughout the world so that those names can be collected, the ordinances done, and when the gospel is preached to them in the Spirit World, they will have the opportunity to either accept or reject that message just as they do on the earth, and will, thereafter, be judged according to that which they have done and accepted. I hope this is helpful to you.