My Beliefs

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


…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

  • Prophets, Repentance and the Word of Wisdom

    I am reading books by and about church presidents past and present. I was wondering if you had a favorite president or one that did/said something that was especially meaningfully to you.

    Does a person have to repent for mistakes made prior to converting to the church of jesus christ of latter day saints? If so, then how? Do they ask forgiveness from god, the person they hurt, vow to not repeat it and then that’s it? Or do they have to repent to a bishop or something?

    I understand that according to the wow tea should not be consumed because it has caffeine. Do all teas have caffeine? Are all teas bad? Don’t some teas help with insomnia and sooth sore throats and other ailments? Wouldn’t it be better to drink tea to solve some ailments than take prescription drugs? I read somewhere that coke can do some amazing things like clean a dirty car motor. If coke can clean a motor than why should we drink it? We can drink sodas, but not tea?

    I have loved all of the presidents of the Church and have enjoyed meeting some of them. I have a strong conviction that each one has been and is a prophet of God. I had the privilege of meeting and talking with President Monson a few years ago. I was going through some challenges in my life at that time with huge decision to make in regards to my career. I asked him for his advice on what he things I should do. I was particularly touched when he gave me council stating that I had every right to receive inspiration and guidance for answers to my questions as he did on my behalf. He told me that the best way to receive those answers is on my knees. Our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of His children and if we put forth and effort of sincere fasting and prayer, we will receive an answer.

    Now to your other questions…

    The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, enough to repent of our sins, baptism by immersion by one holding the true priesthood authority and the reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands of one holding the proper priesthood. You have laid out well the steps of repentance as you wrote, “ask forgiveness from god, the person they hurt, vow to not repeat it.” The confession to the bishop is needed for more serious sins such as immoral transgression. As none of us are perfect, repentance is a continuing process in our lives. When we make mistakes, even after baptism, we can repent and as we partake of the Sacrament on Sunday, we can renew our covenant or commitment taken at our baptism. This is a beautiful principle of a loving Heavenly Father without which none of us would ever be worthy to dwell with Him.

    I am not a nutritional expert, but I do know that some herbal teas do not have caffeine. In fact I drink some of them maybe before a performance or when I’m I’ll and need the benefits that some herbal teas give. I would be surprised if caffeine is the only reason that we are asked to abstain from tea. I would suppose that if regular tea is needed for medical purposes it would not violate the Word of Wisdom, but I think you should check with your bishop on this to be sure. It might be easy to justify using tea consistently because of a chronic health problem and I cannot comment on that, but your Church leaders can.

    Cola drinks, as far as I know, are not against the Word of Wisdom. I understand that sometimes doctors recommend coke to settle upset stomachs, but I am sure that obsessive intake of colas is not good for our health.

    I like to live the Word of Wisdom as best as I can even though I may not completely understand all of the medical benefits. I do it because I believe the Lord as asked us to do so and in return, his promise to us is as follows:

    “And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. (Doctrine and Covenants 89:18-21).

    Thank you for your questions,