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

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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

  • Question

    Hello, Donny.
    I believe you are an honorable man, and I have seen how sincere you are when you attempt to answer questions from the public.  Here are my questions, which are believe needed to be answered concerning your prophet, Joseph Smith:
    What did Joseph Smith mean when he said, “If I should reveal the things that God has revealed to me, there are some on this stand that would cut my throat or take my heart’s blood”?
    What did Joseph Smith know that would have got him killed by his brethren? “Brethren, if I were to tell you all I know of the kingdom of God, I do know that you would rise up and kill me.”

    What revelations could the Latter-Day Saints not bear? “If I was to show the Latter Day Saints all the revelations that the Lord has shown unto me, there is scarce a man that would stay with me, they could not bear it.”

    Who was Joseph and what did he know that would have caused his brethren to take his life? ““Would to God, brethren, I could tell you WHO I am! Would to God I could tell you WHAT I know! But you would call it blasphemy and want to take my life!”

    Although I am not a Mormon, I do have a love and appreciation for Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.  I believe you would be doing a great service for mankind and for the members of your Church, if you could find the answers to these questions and share them with your members and with the world.
    Best to you always,
    Rod
    Rod,
    This is a very interesting question.
    First of all, I think that the prophet Joseph Smith’s suggestion that those hearing the disclosures of what had been revealed to him was to some degree a “figure of speech” to emphasize the great disparity between what we know and what God knows, Paul certainly understood this and the danger subtly implied as he was eventually murdered.  He wrote:
    9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
    10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
    11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?  even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
    12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
    13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
    14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  (New Testament | 1 Corinthians 2:9 – 14)
    For example:  I know of no Christian professor who can accept the claim that Joseph was

    the prophet of the restoration of the gospel and that there are living prophets on earth today.  To them it is foolishness.

    Even the claim that Joseph Smith was a prophet generated murderous anger among some even though Peter had promised it to take place prior to the Second Coming of Christ:
    19  ¶ Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
    20  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
    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 3:19 – 21)
    The claim of this restoration, of course, implied that the other church already operating on earth were not Christ’s and though a very simple comparison between what Jesus organized anciently and what man had caused to evolve over those nearly 2000 years can easily verify that none were the same.  This alone was and is enough to stimulate serious resentment as is evidenced by the persecution of the early LDS and even the negative barrage against the LDS Church on the Internet currently.
    Prophets of God have generally been persecuted and often martyred.  Every one of the early apostles and prophets were murdered following the gruesome torture and crucifixion of our Savior.  Joseph understood this human nature as well as most, because even as a boy disclosing that he had been chosen to be a prophet and realized that there were things that he had been shown that would turn some against him as in ancient past, he was sorely ridiculed.  Ultimately, as Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum rode the 20 miles from Nauvoo to Carthage, Illinois, he knew he was going to his death.  He was actually murdered by an angry mob in June 1837.  This heinous act was prompted by Satan who wanted to destroy what was taking place.
    We know that life does not begin at birth, but as the poet Wordsworth wrote:  “We do not suddenly flare into existence but with trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.”
    That we are the “offspring of God” (Acts 17:29) is supported by passages such as Paul’s:
    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.  (New Testament | Romans 8:16 – 17)
    Even Satan was in that pre-mortal spirit existence and drew a third part of the hosts of heaven after him and being defeated were driven to the earth where the war for the souls of men continues  (See Revelation 12th chapter).
    As there was obviously free agency in that pre-earth life, there was a total spectrum of good to bad just like it is here on earth and some were mostly good and became chosen before they were born  (see Amos 3:7).  Michael, who it mentions in that same 12th chapter in Revelation and who is the one who led the battle against Satan, we are taught via modern revelation was none other than Adam in the flesh. Surely Joseph Smith knew that he had a very prominent role in that same pre-motal society and realized that disclosure of this would arouse misunderstanding and even violent anger among some. There were, of course, other things that he was privileged to see that was not to be disclosed.  He mentions this in describing his first vision of God and Christ of whom he writes:  “…many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time.”  (Pearl of Great Price | JS-History 1:20)
    I think most active LDS members understand that Joseph Smith was noble among the sons and daughters of God and chosen to bring about restoration of the “fullness of the gospel” to this world in preparation of the Second Coming.  I believe they realize that being involved under Christ’s personal direction in bringing about the “fullness of times” (Ephesians 1:10) will ultimately turn out is one of the most important things to ever happen.  This general feeling, however is not commonly broadcast and there are not specifics known as to his pre-mortal role.  I doubt that the “world” would be very receptive of this belief.
    I hope this helps. As you have some positive feelings toward the LDS faith and the Book of Mormon, I would venture to invite you to let me share with you why I have the deepest conviction that Joseph was a true prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true.
    Let me know if you are interested.
    Thanks,
    Donny Osmond