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

  • Leadership

    It seems Thomas Monson has made one or two unpopular decisions. Could it be possible that a leadership challenge may result in such a situation. If the church could see as a result many people leaving because they didnt like the decisions made by the leader. Is it then possible that a change of leadership could take place.

    Hi Peter,
     
    President Monson does not make unilateral decisions for the Church. He has two counselors and the quorum of twelve apostles who consider and are part of such major decisions.  Furthermore; we believe that the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with his two counselors and the twelve apostles are prophets.   The first presidency of the church is the equivalent to Peter, James and John, who acted in that capacity anciently.  The quroum of the twelve apostles is a separate body, but important decisions are made by unanimous consent of the first presidency and the quorum of the twelve apostles.  We believe and declare that the Church organized anciently has been restored in these  latter days and is now led under the divine direction of Jesus Christ:
     
    Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.  (Old Testament | Amos 3:7)
     
    The apostle Paul wrote to the Saints at Galatia:
     
    6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
    7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
    8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
    9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
    10  For do I now persuade men, or God?  or do I seek to please men?  for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
    11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
    12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    (New Testament | Galatians 1:6 – 12)
     
    We realize that it is difficult to accept that men such as those who are called to be apostles and prophets are chosen by the Lord​.  This has always been so and in ages past the prophets have often been imprisoned and/or martyred.  Even though ​modern day apostles and prophets
    are human and none claim to be perfect, they are the best men I have ever known and I have a deep conviction that they are true prophets of God.  
     
    I think it’s important to note that modern society should never dictate the standards the Lord has set for us.​  There are those whose spiritual convictions are not strong enough and unfortunately they leave the fold.  Jesus understood this tendency in his parable of the sower: 
     
    18  ¶ Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
    19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.  This is he which received seed by the way side.
    20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
    21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
    22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
    23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
    (New Testament | Matthew 13:18 – 23)
     
    When Jesus preached in Capernum, he said things that many did not fully understand and many who had appeared to be disciples, left.  He ask the apostles:  Will ye also leave?  They answered him:  To whom shall we go? (see John 6:51-71)
     
    That is the question I feel should be asked to those who seem to be offended. “Where will you go?
     
    I hope this helps.
     
    Donny Osmond