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

  • Hi Donny

    Hi Donny I’m in a situation that I don’t what to do!!
    I was all my life for 7 generations seventh day adventist church and I get baptized recently because someone teach me about the church and their belives!! I love the church I know god exist and he is our savior.. i meet a handsome guy, Christian, funny, respectful, honest, weird a really good guy, is the guy of my dream! We start daiting and we fall in love he propose to getting married but I need to wait 1 year in order to get married on the temple. So we start talking about our future and stuff !! And we stop in points that I don’t accept : -( bautized for the death  ) I can’t do it !! And I don’t want to do it.
    And also poligami I don’t accept in the future or now or even if the profeth ask !! We are not agree ok those aspect and also other stuff that they do on the temple with death people I don’t want to do it !! !! I don’t want to loose him. we take time to ask our family! His family is Mormon but my family they not. I know I love him with all my heart but I don’t want to cause him a future problem because the way I think! I don’t know if u can give me an advice please thanks

    Dear Pajessmar,
    Your concerns are very understandable.
    Polygamy should be not a worry, because the doctrine of the Church is to have only one wife:

    27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none;
    28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
    29 Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or cursed be the land for their sakes.
    30 For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things.

     
    ​Please understand that when the Church was first restored, that the Lord did command that a few of the men should take in other wives to help care for the women that were in the frontier of America without husbands to support them and to more particularly “raise up seed unto the Lord”.  When Utah became a state and since the law of the new land made it illegal to practice polygamy, the Lord revealed to the prophet leader to no longer practice this.  It did help the LDS population of the early days of the restored Church.​
    You are not the only one that cannot accept this practice.  I know of no women in our church that would want to practice this now, and that is okay because they are not being asked to; in fact, if anyone in the Church were to begin to practice polygamy, they would be excommunicated.
    ​The other point, baptism for the dead, is actually ​mentioned in the Bible; but only through latter day revelation through modern prophets, do we understand this reference.  It was used by Paul as evidence of the resurrection:

     29 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?

     
    ​I hope you agree that one must be baptized to be able to inherit the Kingdom of God:

    5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter

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    into the kingdom of God.

    ​The only exception, it has been revealed, are children who die before the age of accountability.  It has been made clear that baptism is an ordinance to be performed while in this mortal life.
    Are you aware of the gospel being taught to those who have died without the chance to have heard it this life?  I think you would agree that most have lived and died without the  opportunity to learn and live the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus himself, while his body was in the tomb, went to preach, actually, he organized the   preaching of the gospel to those in the spirit world:

    18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to

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    death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
    19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison (defined as a state of ignorance of the true gospel);
    20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once thelongsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls weresaved by water.

    ​ (1 Peter 3:18-21)​

    6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

    ​  (1 Peter 4:6)​
    ​So, before the resurrection and final judgement (see Revelation 20th chapter) every last soul will have had the chance to hear, accept or reject the true gospel, but what about baptism?  Well, it is not our idea, but the Lord’s plan to invite those members of his church to act as proxy for those who did not the opportunity to be baptized in life, and IF THE PERSON FOR WHOM THE PROXY BAPTISM IS PERFORMED ACCEPTS THE GOSPEL IN THE WORLD OF SPIRITS, THE BAPTISM IS IN EFFECT.  IF THEY REJECT THE GOSPEL AND THUS THE BAPTISM THAT HAS BEEN PERFORMED IN THEIR BEHALF, IT IS AS IF IT HAD NOT BEEN DONE.  IT IS THEIR CHOICE, BUT IS A WORK OF LOVE AND SERVICE, THE LIVING FOR THE DEAD.
    Participating in this ordinance is a beautiful principle, and to me is a work of pure love.  I am so grateful to have been able to be baptized by proxy in behalf of some of my departed ancestors.  When you are baptized, you will be able to do this yourself on behalf of your ancestors and I promise you, it will be the most precious experience.  Please do not let this divine act of love for all of God’s children deter you from following your sweetheart.  Please pray about this and Heavenly Father will give you peace, if you really want to learn his will on this subject.
    You deserve to follow your heart and marry that wonderful man.​  Thank  you for sharing your concerns and I pray the Lord will bless you to understand his plan to make his gospel available as it was prescribed by him to all of God’s children.  No other denomination, can explain how the Lord makes his gospel available to everyone.
    Let me know how you feel about this.
    I wish you the best!
    Donny Osmond