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

  • Cross or Moroni

    Is Moroni the symbol of your religion? If you don’t like the cross why have him on your church steeples.
    Confused. Thank you
    Hi Ray,
     
    That is a good question. 
    If you attended a worship service at one of our meeting houses, you would not likely see any statues and I personally think that there’s a danger over time for some to begin to worship the image rather than our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I suppose it relates to the The Commandments:
     
    3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
    4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
    5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  (Old Testament | Exodus 20:3 – 5)
     
    We, of course, are deeply worshipful towards the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, which culminated in his crucifixion.  However, as it relates to the image of the cross itself, we choose to focus on the resurrection and the opportunity for each of us to exercise enough faith in Christ and his atonement to repent, be baptized for the remission of our sins, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and enduring to the end by following the Lord’s example and teachings.  This is the gospel of Jesus Christ as explained in the Bible (See for example: Acts 2:38; John 3:5; Matthew 10:22; Matthew 7:14 & 21).
    The statue of the Angel Moroni on the temples is a symbolic announcement to the world that the “everlasting gospel” of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth and is being “preached in all the world” as prophesied by John:
     
    6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
    7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.  (New Testament | Revelation 14:6 – 7)
    The Angel Moroni is the heavenly messenger who delivered the ancient scriptural records that was written by prophets of God here in Ancient America. Young Joseph Smith was called of God as the prophet of the restoration and was commanded and was given the power to translate the ancient scriptural records into The Book of Mormon, which contains the everlasting gospel referenced to by John the Revelator.
     
    Today’s Christian professors choose to ignore this sacred addition to the Bible even though Jesus announced to the Jews that he was going to visit his “other sheep” and that they would “hear his voice”:
     
    14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
    15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
    16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
    (New Testament | John 10:14 – 16)
    Now, note what the Lord said to the “other sheep” when he appeared to them in Ancient America following his resurrection:
    21  And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
    22  And they understood me not, for they supposed it had been the Gentiles; for they understood not that the Gentiles should be converted through their preaching.
    23  And they understood me not that I said they shall hear my voice; and they understood me not that the Gentiles should not at any time hear my voice—that I should not manifest myself unto them save it were by the Holy Ghost.
    24  But behold, ye have both heard my voice, and seen me; and ye are my sheep, and ye are numbered among those whom the Father hath given me.
    (Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 15:21 – 24)
     
    The Book of Mormon contains scriptural and historical writings of a branch of the descendants of Joseph (who was sold into Egypt), a branch that was led by the Lord out of Egypt to the Western Hemisphere, the “land of everlasting hills” around 600 B.C. This migration was prophesied by Joseph’s father, Jacob, as he pronounced prophetic blessing upon his sons: 

    22  ¶ Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall [ocean]:

    26  The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills [continuous range of mountains from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to the southern tip of South America]:they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

    (Old Testament | Genesis 49:22 – 26)

    The writings of that branch of Joseph are the writings (stick) spoken of by Ezekial:

    16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions [Bible]: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions [Book of Mormon]:
    17  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

    (Old Testament | Ezekiel 37:16 – 17)
    I have studied the Bible and The Book of Mormon all of my live and I can honestly tell you that both of these records of scripture contain God’s word to us.  I know that the Book of Mormon contains the “everlasting gospel” John foresaw being delivered by an angel (Moroni) and that it is now being “preached in all the world” under the direction of living apostles and prophets.  All of my five sons have served missions (the youngest is now in Italy) and he is one of 70,000 plus of our young men and women serving these missions:
    14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.(New Testament | Matthew 24:14)
     
    I realize the difficulty of the main stream Christian teachers in accepting the “stick of Joseph” as the word of God, because they would have to accept the fact that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that seems to make them shudder almost as much as the ancients resisted and rejected the living prophets and even the Son of God.

    You would, of course, be justified in wondering how I have come to know The Book of Mormon is the word of God. The answer is that first I read it and then applied the promise that this same Moroni made as he was the last prophet to have custody of the ancient records and who came to deliver them in these latter days as a heavenly messenger or angel.

    4  And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
    5  And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

    (Book of Mormon | Moroni 10:4 – 5)
     
    It is interesting to me that most refuse to read The Book of Mormon, but still are boldly claiming it is not true.  I do know that if they were to read it and sincerely pray about it, they, you, would come to know of its truth.
     
    Here is one of the modern day apostles and prophets speaking of the truth of the Book of Mormon.
     
    Please let me know if you would like to investigate our claim that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s restored Church.
     
    Thanks,
    Donny Osmond