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

  • Missions

    Dear Mr. Donny Osmond,
    The last time, I heard you speak it was about one of your family members going out on a mission in Italy (If I am not mistaken).

    I myself once was visited by people of the LDS church while they were on their mission in my country and in my region. Here is whats my question is about.

    I wonder what you will do if I will visit your home and try to convert you from your religion to my religion? You probably will stay polite but you will reject my offer, right? Then why do people from your church still continue going on a ‘war’ path trying to convert other people?

    Sometimes we also do get people at our doorstep that belongs to the Jehova religion, also trying to convert us. Its quite annoying and irritating.

    One last final question: How sure are you that people who do convert are sincere and genuine about it? Believing in something today and tomorrow believing in something completely different. Going from the left extreme to the right extreme. For me that is going from being a heterosexual today to homosexual tomorrow (or vice versa).

    Moral of my story: let people who and how they are and stop interfering in their lives. We are not trying to convert you. If you wanna start believing something differemt then its up to you and you have to do it all by yourself. You dont need my help nor my assistance. You can read about all religions in (e-)books and online.

    Thank you for your time.

    PS: Representatives of your church may and can always visit me but I am not doubting my own ‘religion’ (which I consider NOT to be a relgion). I will always open my door for them and have a conversation with them. But its their waste of time and mine. Dont they have better things to do?

    Regards,
    Robert 

    Dear Robert,
     
    Thank you for your questions and especially, thank you for your willingness to be kind to the missionaries when they contact you.  My fourth son served his mission in The Netherlands and I am so grateful for people like you who were pleasant to him during those two years. I do realize that it is difficult for most to understand why we feel a desire to share our beliefs.  I can explain why, but first let me write about the experience for the young missionaries.
     
    One can only imagine how difficult and scary it is for these young boys, many only 18 years old and girls who are 19 years old, to leave their homes and go to a mission, many requiring learning a different language and often in circumstances that are otherwise difficult. The boys serve full time for two years and the girls for eighteen months and at their own expense for those who have worked and saved up the money to sponsor their missions, or more often for their parents or some other sponsors.  They postpone their educations, some  even pass up athletic or other kinds of scholarships to serve.  I know of one young missionary who passed up a million dollar signing bonus as a professional baseball player right out of high school to accept a mission call to Japan.  Many postpone their romance and delay plans leading to marriage to serve.
     
    I call them boys and girls, because, as I have often said, They leave as boys and girls and come back as mature men and women.  It is a powerful growing experience for them, not to mention the wonderful knowledge of the gospel and personal skills gained by spending full time in the Lord’s service. 
     
    To understand why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one must first understand the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ which was and is intended to help prepare as many of the human race who are willing to follow him to dwell with him for eternity in the presence of God the Father in celestial glory and a fullness of joy.  There is so much to understand about life after death for the willing learner, but we will save that for another discussion, if you are interested.
     
    For those who believe, as we do in the Bible, the eternal importance of learning and living by the true gospel of Christ is the most important purpose of this lifetime. 
     
    6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  (New Testament | John 14:6)
     
    Most in the world are not familiar with the true gospel, even members of the thousands of different mainstream Christian denominations which spring out of the endless variety of interpretations of the preachers of the various religions.  Most, as you have indicated, are satisfied with whatever religion they happen to inherit from their parents or for some other reason have adopted.  Most do not make it a serious quest to try to find the true religion and even feel that it is not important and that one religion may be as good as the other.  Jesus did not suggest this in his teachings.  He said:
     
    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.
     
    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.  (New Testament | Matthew 7:13 – 14; 21)
     
    The word destruction is in other passages referred to as damnation which means the stopping of progress, and life here means a continuation of progress in the eternities. There is so much to understand about this, but we will also save that for another discussion, again, if you are interested.
     
    Needless to say, that it is incumbent upon every individual to decide whether he or she is willing to seek the truth and apply it in preparation for the eternities.  The very mission of Jesus Christ was to introduce the “plan of salvation”, to organize his followers into what we call a church, which had as it’s purpose the communicating the gospel message to the world.  The organization of his “church” had very specific offices with specific responsibilities and the divine priesthood authority to carry out those responsibilities:
     
    11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
    12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
    13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
    14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

     

    (New Testament | Ephesians 4:11 – 14)


     

     
    So, where is that organization today?  Can just anyone interpret the gospel to their way of thinking and organize a “church” that will help fulfill the Lord’s purpose for those who will seek him?

     

     

     

    Peter writes:
     
    20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
    21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 
    (New Testament | 2 Peter 1:20 – 21)
     
    Holy men of God are otherwise referred to as prophet through whom the Lord reveals his will:
     
    7  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets  (Old Testament | Amos 3:7)
     
    Jesus organized his Church with apostles and prophets and said to them:
     
    16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
    (New Testament | John 15:16)
     
    15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
    (New Testament | Mark 16:15 – 16)
     
    As you may know, the ancient apostles and prophets were all killed (John banished to the Isle of Patmos), revelation ceased and the gospel was distorted as the unity for which the “Church” was established no longer existed on earth.
     
    The apostle and prophet, Peter, promised that all would be restored before the second coming of Christ:  
     
    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)
     
    This restoration has now taken place resulting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which the Lord leads by revelation through living apostles and prophets, who have the same commission as the ancient apostles:  
     
    14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
    (New Testament | Matthew 24:14)
     
    The living apostles and prophets are the ones who send these young missionaries (nearly 40,000 a year) into the world to do their best to find those who are seeking to find the truth.  When they find someone who wants to prepare for the eternities, they encourage them to follow the Lord’s formula to for assurance of what is really true:
     
    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)
     
    I personally have a deep conviction that Christ has restored his true gospel, his priesthood authority and his Church in these latter days. What greater message is the to to the world?
    So, now, the next time the missionaries knock on your door, I appreciate your kindness towards them, but I invite you to really listen to what these young servants of the Lord have to say and prayerfully consider it relating to your very purpose on this earth.  If you would like, I can arrange for them to contact you, or we can do it on your watch. Whichever you prefer. 
     
    Let me know,
     
    Donny Osmond