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

  • LDS Exclusions

    I found your site while googling Word of Wisdom and temple interviews. Thank you!
     
    I am LDS, but mainly because it’s good for my kids and keeps everybody (family) happy. I do defend the church strongly when it seems appropriate, but I also don’t mind gently teasing members for things that make little sense. I hold no bad ill, but still am bothered by exclusions.
     
    EXCLUSIONS
     
    It always bothered me that blacks were excluded from the church (until 1978).  Once when I questioned the ban, a member told me my thoughts were of the devil.
     
    I am still bothered that family and friends are not allowed to attend temple weddings (unless meeting strict standards). Parents and siblings are not allowed to  attend weddings of their loved ones. Even active kids are banned from the wedding ceremony – which some leaders are now trying to call ‘only a sealing,’ although no other ceremony follows and most states count the temple ceremony as a legal marriage.
     
    Coffee drinkers are not allowed to be baptized, teach, or visit the temple. A non-member co-worker always acts confused at us Mormons. She avoids sugar and soda, eats little meat, and eats rabbit food (salads) for lunch. We Mormons bring our cheeseburgers, Jimmy Johns, and energy drinks. We qualify to be members — she does not because she drinks coffee instead of soda.  Even LDS-owned KSL republished an article about studies that showed coffee can expand lifespans.
     
    Hot drinks: Hot Chocolate is ok.
    Meat sparingly: Church events = lots of meat
    Barley drinks: Gets you banned from baptism & callings.
     
    I see inconsistency – much is probably just historical since times have changed. Would love to see church updates to meet our times. I have never smoked, had an alcoholic drink or a coffee. But I think it’s sad that we exclude those who do.
     
     
    I love this question and I thank you for your honest appraisal.  Your concerns are logical and as you surely are aware, there are many who have the same questions.  I can understand your reasoning on the issues you mentioned and even the reasons of concern for each of those whose faith is being tested by what is being widely circulated about the church.
     
    To me, it is a simple matter.  There is no gray area. Either God is our Father in Heaven who has offered a way for us to inherit all that he has with the promise of a fullness of joy, or it is all false. Either Jesus Christ is his First Born in the spirit and the Only Begotten in the flesh, born to suffer and die that we may have a chance of being redeemed from our sins and the Fall of Adam, or He is not.  Either Jesus Christ organized a true Church which was directed by divinely led apostles and prophets after his death and that the Church was lost from the earth and restored in these latter days, or this is all a big lie.   Either Joseph Smith was a true prophet foreordained to be the instrument of the restoration, or he was a fraud.  Either the Book of Mormon is true, or it is not.  Either we have true apostles and prophets who receive revelation to lead the Lord’s Church on the earth today, or they are false prophets.
     
    The discovery of the truth of these matters is critical to those who are wise enough to be thinking ahead realizing that this life is fleeting and will end sooner or later.  It is so important, not only for you and me but for our families who will be eternally influenced by our conclusions.
     
    With this reality facing us, it is heavily beholden upon everyone to find out for themselves if these matters are true or not.  It’s just good common sense to know why we are here, if in fact there is some eternal purpose, and how do we obtain those promises from our Father in Heaven.  So, how in the world can we possibly know for sure what is right, especially when we are confronted with things that do not seem logical, such as drinking coffee which excludes souls from eternal opportunities, the exclusion of blacks in the early days of the Church, the keeping of those out of special moments such as marriages of loved ones in the temple, and the Church not keeping up with social and political trends, etc?
     
    To me, the answer to these dilemmas is absolutely simple.  If the answers to the questions above are yes, then let’s you and I be wise enough to realize that we may not see things as God sees them and that the reason for a simple thing like drinking coffee blocking anyone from such eternal opportunities, is obviously not the coffee vs the power drinks, but a matter of a simple display of obedience.  I assume you have been through the temple and have entered into the covenants that basically promise all that Father has if we will agree to give up the things of this world. Let’s use Abraham as an example. He was willing to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. This makes no sense unless we see the eternal perspective of what God was teaching Abraham. This was a similitude of the sacrifice that God the Father was willing to go through for us, by allowing his only begotten son in the flesh, Jesus Christ, to be sacrificed at a future date. You see, things aren’t always logical to us, but by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, we show a willingness to trust God and do whatever it takes to be successful in the eternities.  What is the big picture goal?  Are we going to let some simple things that we cannot explain, deter us from Celestial Glory and eternal success and joy which we can share with our families?
     
    I am willing to fall on my knees and plead with Heavenly Father for confirmations of the truth by the power of the Holy Ghost to be able to commit to such a purpose in spite of my weakness and some things that may be illogical at the moment.  I  have come to know that the answer to the questions you state above are YES! And the things that do not make total sense to me will not turn me away from acting upon those undeniably spiritual assurances.  I hope you are not overlooking that solution to your troubling thoughts.
     
    Let me know how you react to this not so simple answer.
     
    Thanks,
     
    Donny Osmond