My Beliefs

ARE WE RELATED?
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

  • Is your church my path to God’s love again?

    I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and received all of the sacraments up to confirmation. My faith never strayed and I always felt a deep connection until I got into middle school and mostly lost my belief. I’m now 20 years old and unhappy in my life, I have felt the urge lately to rebuild my relationship with God again but have felt something blocking me from returning to my old church/religion. I heard the name of your church and when I looked into it I prayed again for the first time in years, asking for direction. I am writing you because when I prayed about this, it was also the first time since I was a child that I felt like I wasnt just talking to myself or to the air. Like someone was listening. That was always a problem for me in the Catholic Church, I felt as though I was talking on a phone call with no one on the other end. I have made many mistakes in life, strayed from my faith and so I stopped following my old religious guidelines. I guess I want to know if I belong or could even be accepted in the views of your faith? I feel as though some of my mistakes and straying from belief has made me unworthy/unable to receive the peace in my heart that I once had when I thought about my relationship with God. Could I have completely burned my bridge with God?

    Dear Madison,
     
    I am so touched and happy that you are searching for the true religion and that you prayed about it.  When I was a teenager I found that as a performer, there were temptations that seemed to be more than a normal teenager would face.  That was not likely so, but I felt the need to find out for sure about the truth and I did what you did. I prayed and ask my Heavenly Father to let me know.  I had heard the scriptures:
     
    7  ¶ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:   (New Testament | Matthew 7:7)
     
    5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
    6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
    (New Testament | James 1:5 – 6)
     
    9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
    10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
     
    14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    (New Testament | 1 Corinthians 2:9 – 10;14)
     
    I began to read The Book of Mormon, which I had been taught was the writings of prophets, just like the Bible, who had migrated to the Ancient Americas and that Jesus visited them and taught them the same true gospel that he taught to those in the Holy Land.  I had read the promise in the last of that book:
     
    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 10:3 – 5)
     
    When I prayed with real intent to find out, I felt the same peace and assurance you felt as you prayed.  I have felt similar answers to my prayers many times since and I know that God hears and answers prayers when we are open to the truth.  I am sure that what you felt was an invitation from our Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit to learn about his restored Church.  I have come to know through the power of the Holy Ghost that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ’s own Church, true gospel and priesthood authority which he established on the earth anciently.  It was actually in fulfillment of Peter’s promise that all which had been taught through the prophets from the beginning would be restored to the earth before the second coming of the Lord:
     
    21  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.  (New Testament | Acts 3:21)
     
    The restored truth affirms that Jesus suffered for our sins which we all have committed to one degree or another so that if we will have enough faith in him to repent of our sins, be baptized for the remission of our sins, be cleansed by the gift of the Holy Ghost which is given by the laying on of hands from someone with the true restored priesthood authority, we can be fully forgiven.  Then if we endure to the end of our lives by following him, we can be his “joint heirs” and be glorified with him:
     
    16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
    17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  

    (New Testament | Romans 8:16 – 17)
     
    To suffer with him, merely means that we follow him and live his commandments.  The great beauty of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, is that he came to atone or pay for our sins, in other words, he suffered that we would not have to suffer for them if we would come to him:
     
    28  ¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (New Testament | Matthew 11:28 – 30)
     
    18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  

    (Old Testament | Isaiah 1:18)
     
    None would be worthy to be “heirs of God” and “joint heirs with Christ” and share in his glory forever without his saving atonement. That salvation from our sins, is the primary purpose of Jesus’ suffering in the Garden and on the Cross. Please be assured​ that you can be fully forgiven by becoming his follower.
     
    As you may know, our Church sends young missionaries (over 70,000) to serve full time for two years to sharing the restored gospel to all who will listen.  All five of my sons have served (the fifth is now serving in Italy).  I would like to arrange to have either two young women or young men contact you and arrange to help you learn about this restored gospel.  I know that if you will hear them and pray as you did earlier, you will come to know, as I do, that God loves every one of his children and he will direct us to his truth.  
     
    Let me know how I can help.
     
    Thanks, 
     
    Donny Osmond