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

  • Seeking

    Hi Donny, Almost 3 years ago, I lost someone who I was very close to and who helped me through some very dark times in my life. Since his passing, I’ve found myself struggling with my relationship with God and I have been having a difficult time rebuilding my relationship with Him and I am wondering if you have any advice on how to make my personal relationship with God stronger.

     
                   Sincerely,
                     Ashley
    Dear Ashley,
     
    I am so sorry that you have lost your friend and have struggled with your relationship with God. 
     
    We know that God, Jesus’ Father, is also our Father in Heaven:
     
    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)
     
    ​Our Heavenly Father, and the Lord, Jesus’ ​love for us is unconditional.  Consider the invitation Jesus offers:
     

    28  ¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    ​ 

    (New Testament | Matthew 11:28 – 30)

    So, how do we “come unto” him or “take his yoke upon us” to receive this rest?  Well, I believe the invitation to “come unto” him means to seek to know his will.  For those who sincerely seek, will find:
     
    7  ¶ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
    8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
    9  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
    10  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
    11  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
    12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
     
    To be assured of having an eternity with a loving Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ and experience what other scriptures describe as “a fullness of joy” forever and ever, we must discover the Lord’s will and follow it, or in other words, follow him.
     

    13  ¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction (meaning damnation or a stopping up of our potential eternal progress)​, and many there be which go in thereat:
    14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life 
    (meaning a continuation as heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ sharing in their glory, love and fullness of joy), 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 7:7 – 21)
     
    3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
    4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
    6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

    ​ (New Testament | James 1:3 – 6)
     
    Ashley, there are thousands of different denominations led by so many diverse interpretations of what is true, but I can tell you that there is only one Church that is led by the Lord by revelation through living apostles and prophets, just like the Church which Jesus himself organized anciently. 
     
    I believe if you would be willing to diligently seek the will of the Lord, you will be able to find the truth and along with it, the peace and comfort you are seeking. 
     
    I would love to arrange to share with you what I have come to know is true.  Let me know.​
     
    Thanks,
     
    Donny Osmond