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

  • I have an LDS question

    I am a member of the church, but I have left the church I left because of the hypocrisy of people. I lost my home, my business. My wife, and 3 kids have to live with in laws which we are still here because we lost everything money, home and faith  And this is causing us great stress. this person uses the church as a away to scam us and many others he was a bishop, stake president, and now is a temple worker in the American fork temple he takes advantage of people he gets what he can money wise from people and when he is done he throws you to the curb. He uses the church to gain trust and then he takes everything we had. He is a very wealthy person and we can’t keep going to court to continue the fight because he has more money than us even though he keeps losing and the judge tells him to give back our money he keeps appealing it.  I work a full time job now just to barley make ends meet And because of the things this man did to us it has caused damage to my marriage. The LDS people in this ward are very judgmental to us because we don’t go to church every Sunday and hypocrites. They shun my children my wife and me.  I lost my faith and testimony because of these people and what that man did to destroy my life by losing my home and business and causing my marriage to have issues because of the stress.  I am lost now I don’t what to do I read scriptures I pray and it seams nothing helps. Could you please give me some advice thank you.

    Dear Steven,
    I am so sorry to learn of your difficulties.  I wish I could offer suggestions for an easy solution on situations like this. I do know that what you have described happening to you is not all that rare and if it is not one thing it could well be another great challenge that we all seem to be required to face sooner or later in our lives. I suppose the most common reason people drop out of Church activity is because they are offended by one or more members of the Church and if not that, some other serious challenge.  For some, in recent times, there seems to be a challenge as they become more and more familiar with the early history of the Church including allegations about Joseph Smith’s introduction of plural marriage in those early fragile times. Some even tend to lose their faith because of some personal tragedy such as losing a child or such.
    The test, I suppose, is how we respond to these life altering challenges.  We can either let it take us off the path that leads to the Celestial Kingdom, or we can decide that no earthly event, condition, nor person is going to keep us from the promise of eternal success.  I guess Nephi was thinking of such things, maybe of his brothers who were struggling when he wrote:
    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)  
     
    To me, Nephi is saying that we can despise the shame brought on by the “crosses of the world” but remain righteous and inherit a fullness of joy forever.
    Jesus said:
     
    10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
    12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    (New Testament | Matthew 5:10 – 12)
    The Lord knew that it would be difficult for most to stay on the “strait and narrow way”:
    13  ¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
    14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    (New Testament | Matthew 7:13 – 14)
    So, if I were to give you council, I would suggest you gather your family around and decide whether you are going to let these individuals, members of the Church or not, keep you from the success promised in the eternities.  If you decide that your are going to “stay on the path” no matter what, then you work together to  follow the council of Nephi:
    18  And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.
    19  And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done?  Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
    20  Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
    21  And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God.  And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end.  Amen.
    (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 31:18 – 21)
    The key, I think, for all of us, is to look beyond the obstacles, the distractions, that Satan places in our way and cling to Christ.  He is “…the way, the truth and the life…”.
    I send my love to you and wish you the best.
    Donny Osmond