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

  • Many God, before God

    Whats your take in that, many believe we may become God also, just as jesus…where do the church take that from?

    Hi Jeffrey,
     
    The mainstream Christian teachers shudder over our belief that we may become like our Heavenly Father.  You note that I refer to God as our Heavenly Father as did Jesus and as the scriptures does so clearly.  Jesus refers to his Father and by at least a dozen times, just in the Book of Matthew, he refers to him as our Father in Heaven, the most little understood, verse, I suppose, being:
     
    “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48)
     
    …and of course the most common being that which is referred to as The Lord’s Prayer beginning with:
     
    “…Our Father which art in heaven….”  (Matthew 6:9)
     
    The two passages that, to me, expresses this relationship and our divine potential are:
     
    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. (Romans 8:16 – 17)
     
    The passage that promises that we will be “joint-heirs with Christ if it so be that we suffer with him” or in other words, follow him, becomes very insightful about our potential when we read that our Father has “…spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things...”.  (Hebrews 1:2)
     
    To me, “all things”, means that we have the potential to eventually, surely after the resurrection, to “be perfect” as he commanded and to become along with Christ, “heirs of all things” and that includes his very nature and sit with Christ and the Father in an eternal capacity:
     
    21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  (Revelation 3:21)
     
    5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
    6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.
    (Revelation 1:5 – 6)
     
    ​To me Jeffrey, it is very clear, that we have divinge potential, which, of course, gives critical meaning to the way we conduct our lives:
     
    14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    21  ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.    (Matthew 7:14 & 21)

    I have often wondered what verse 14 means in the phrase  “…which leadeth unto life…”  but of late, have noted a passage in a revelation given to Joseph Smith, that clarifies this whole subject:
     
    19  And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, [as joint-heirs with Christ; see Colosians 1:15] all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.
    20  Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them.  Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.
    21  Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.
    22  For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me.
    (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 132:19 – 22)
     
    This revelation has to do with what is called “The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage” which is performed in the Sacred Temples and includes the promise of that couple’s marriage extending beyond the typical “until death do you part” but are sealed or bound in marriage forever, inheriting, as promised, even the capacity to have children in the eternal future, just like our Heavenly Father. What a beautiful and perfect plan He has given us. In my mind, family life here in this mortal journey, is a prototype of the eternal nature of things to come.  
     
    The concept that  “…strait is the gate, and narrow way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me” is literally being fulfilled as “Mainstream Christianity” wholeheartedly rejects the teaching, even though it is taught in the Bible.  I consider it the greatest blessing of my life, to be eternally ​​ 

    bound or sealed in the sacred temple to my dear wife, Debbie and to our family.
     
    I would love to share the basics of the gospel ​ 

    ​all of which leads to these greatest of all blessings.  Let me know if you are interested.
     
    Thanks,
     
    Donny Osmond

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