My Beliefs

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?”

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

  • Do Not Add To, or Take Away From The Bible

    [T]he Bible says that anyone who adds or takes away from the book of revelation shall have their name removed from the book of life and the plagues of the book shall be upon him.Notice how Joseph Smith added to the book of revelation.

    Joseph Smith took away the 7 and added the 12 to the book of revelation,which is warned against..He changed the imagery from 7 to 12.Now I ask you,how can you say a man who the Bible says the plagues of the Bible will be added to him,is a prophet of God?

    From the Joseph Smith Translation of the book of Revelation-…The imagery of seven associated with the Lamb is changed to twelve, suggesting the role of the Twelve Apostles in the work of Christ. Rev. 5:6 JST Rev. 5:6
    Rev.5,6-…stood a Lamb as it had been slain,having 7 horns and 7 eyes,which are the 7 Spirits of God…

    This would make him a false prophet,right?How can Mormons say a man who added to the book of Revelation a prophet of God?Thanks.

    You are quite a student of the scriptures and I am very impressed.
    Let’s put this passage here so we can refer to the exact wording with Joseph Smith’s translation in brackets:
    And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven [twelve] horns and seven [twelve] eyes, which are the seven [twelve] Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  (Revelation 5:6)
    The other passage you have made reference to in Revelation 22:18-19 has been used to suggest that the Book of Mormon is somehow adding to the book which happens to be the last book of the Bible.
    It’s important to note that the Book of Revelation was not the last book written in our Holy Bible. It was compiled that way by man but there were books in the Bible that were written after John wrote the Book of Revelation.
    Its also important to note that if you take John’s statement and apply your conclusion to the fact that nothing can be added to the Bible, then you must apply that same conclusion to what Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 4:2 which basically gives the same command. By so doing, this would render everything past Deuteronomy invalid, including the New Testament. This leads us to realize that John was inspired to write this about the specific Book of Revelation, but your making reference to Joseph Smith’s correction to this verse is, for me, a first.
    You make a good point in  your conclusion, but there is so much more to consider:
    1)  The King James Version of the Bible was translated in the early 1600′s.  ”James gave the translators instructions intended to guarantee that the new version would conform to the ecclesiology and reflect the episcopal structure of the Church of England and its belief in an ordained clergy.  The translation was done by 47 scholars, all of whom were members of the Church of England.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_King_James_Version (Daniell 2003, p. 436) 
    It is well documented and very important to note that the formation on this church was by a man who was a wicked adulterer and a murder.  One might conclude that divine guidance in the formation of that church was simply not present.  I do, however, believe that God did preserve the scriptures as a guide for all who will adhere to its tenants.  Translation takes place by one reading a text and then relating it to the best of his ability in the words of his own language.  The obvious result is that there have been some mistranslations.  Biblical scholars even admit to the fact that there are errors from the original text. That is why we “…believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it has been translated correctly.”  (LDS – 8th Articles of Faith)
    2)  This leads to an important passage relative to those who did the translation:
    “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”  (2 Peter 1:20-21)
    3)  This leads us to realize the need for prophets in our time, not only to interpret the scriptures, but to make a correction where revealed by the same Holy Ghost that inspired the apostles and prophets who wrote it in the first place.
    “Surely the Lord God  will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  (Amos 3:7)
    4)  Revelation from God through prophets is the only way a church can claim to be of God.  Note what Jesus said when Peter declared:   “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [revelation] I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
    5)  My conviction that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that the true Church of Jesus Christ has been restored through him and that there are true apostles and prophets living on the earth today taking the gospel throughout the earth, has come to me, not by private interpretation “But God hath revealed it unto us by the Spirit…But the natural man receiveth, not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them for they are spiritually discerned.”                    (1 Corinthians 2:10-14)
    Please note that Jesus told the ancient apostles and prophets:  ”He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.  He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward…”.  (Matthew 10:40-41)
    I am very grateful to know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that our Church is led by living prophets and apostles today.