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

  • 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

    Hi Jeanie,
     
    I cannot imagine that anyone in our day would not accept the truth of your “near death experience” which is absolutely convincing as you finally recognized in a photo the uncle who met you on the path.
     
    There is so much evidence, now, of life beyond mortality that it seems to me that one would just have to shut their mind off to reality to not accept the reality of it.  There are so very many accounts of these near death, out of body experiences that if one would only do a search on the internet, they can read numerous accounts.  Even my own brother, Wayne, had such an experience.
     
    There are those who try to say that these experiences are some kind of phenomenon confined to the brain, but to me, when one is “flat lined” as you mention, there is no brain activity.  There are too many accounts of individuals who have risen from their lifeless bodies and are able to describe things or events in adjoining rooms that they could not possibly be able to describe unless from some vantage point out of their bodies.
     
    One cardiologist in London stated that one out of every ten of their critically ill patients who have had need of resuscitation describe some kind of “out of body experience” as spirits.  It is clear that though there are often similarities, no two experiences are identical and that was explained by at least one who was told during hers, that each is sort of tailored to the individual for some reason.  Most experience significant light and love, but some have described darkness and fear.  Of these of which I am aware, who are revived, report a serious change in their life style, as they are given to realize that there is a terrible consequence for those who reject the good in this life.
     
    I am not sure what to suggest to convince your husband.  If he only realized that his baptism was the gateway to the path that leads to a fullness of joy forever and ever.
     
    18  But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.
    (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:18)
     
    If he would only read with an open heart, the 31st chapter of 2nd Nephi in the Book of Mormon and add to that the 8th chapter of 1st Nephi concerning the “tree of life” which bears fruit that is the most delicious, the most delightsome to the soul, the most desirable of all things and how some are able to withstand the taunting of the wicked and avoid the mists of darkness to remain at the tree and partake of the fruit into eternity.  Chapter 11 that follows, defines this fruit as the “love of God” as demonstrated by his offering his sons to atone for us.
     
    I wish there was a way for me to help you open his mind and heart to the reality of life after death and that we will someday stand before our maker to account for the life we live and will be assigned to an eternal glory accordingly. 
     
    12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
    13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
    (New Testament | Revelation 20:12 – 13)
     
    Paul explains that all who die will be resurrected in immortal bodies with a degree of glory, some celestial compared to the sun, some terrestrial, compared to the moon and some in a glory compared to the stars:
     
    20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
    21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
    22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

    40  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
    41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
    42  So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  (New Testament | 1 Corinthians 15:20 – 22; 40 – 42)

     
    On the other hand, each of us is accountable for our own lives and eternal future.  I encourage you to launch your own quest for the true gospel and work to secure your own eternal success.  I wonder if he would be touched by your efforts and through that, come to know the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  In either case, you can find that eternal joy. 
     
    We would love to share our beliefs with you, if you would be interested.  I am attaching a chapter we prepared on our view of Life After Death.
     
    Let me know if you would like us to share chapters on other topics such as The Nature of God, The Restoration of Christ’s Church in these latter days, The Atonement of Christ, The Plan of Salvation and others.
     
    Thanks,
     
    Donny Osmond