My Beliefs

ARE WE RELATED?
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

  • What Family Should I Be Sealed To?

    I am adopted and have hard time getting along with my adoptive mom when I was younger. Now I’m ok but I still have conflicting feelings about the issue of who I want be seal to my adoptive or birth mom? I was a young teen I think or college age around twenty when I asked my adoptive dad if I could search for my birth family? I did and he was supportive. To my disappointment my birth mom died when I was just seven years old and heard I was not meant to be giving up for adoption at first but then I was when I figured my birth mother did for my safety reason. I found her family n six children before me were in an abusive situation with my so called birth father ( not sure if he is or not I’m still praying about it). He was an alcoholic and older than my birth mother. They. divorced when I was born( a preemie and she went into convulson due to being beaten by her husband with me in her) thus I came few months early n got sick n almost died. Luckily doctors saved my life thus is why I became deaf. My birth mom after finding out I was adopted called social worker and social worker called my dad asking how I’m doing. My adoptive dad said I was lucky to have him for a dad and that I do have a very loving and caring birth mother. She married again and had two more kids and youngest died stillborn. Then she passed away a year or two later which when I was 7. Well I know my birth mother did a very heart wrenching thing for me and never incline to give any of her kids away, her children( and me) is her world. Losing me is like death to her.

    We are alike when later had seen pictures of her look just like me thus I’m a Mama’s twin. I even have her ppersonality and facial traits. My adoptive dad and I are very close but my adoptive mom and I weren’t. I never really had a mother’s love n if I did I wouldn’t recognize that. I grieved for my birth mother cuz I couldn’t meet her but I did.

    One night, I had a vision or some spiritual experience I never forget. She came to me and rocked me to sleep and somehow I hear a rocking chair. It was her with me on her lap. I see her arms and felt her soft heart and warmth love and body but as I looked up and asked ” Mama?” In sign language, I couldn’t see her face it was clouded but I knew and felt it was her comforting me knowing she still there for me and loves me. I cried after that experience and felt good. Two questions: I’m only member of the church.

    I felt I should be sealed to my birth mother family and I got informations but I still don’t know who my father is. Do I wait or do I just go ahead seal to my adoptive family then seal to my birth family later once I find who belong to who then when millilunium comes it be straightened out? Or I just do both? Cuz I am leaning towards my birth mother’s family and know my adoptive father be ok with my decisions. I’m feeling conflictive about this. What can be done? I know u probably answered this in another way from other emails but I like to hear what u think it could be done? I do love my adoptive mother like a friend or sister. I just hope I can be sealed to my birth mother. I was not meant be giving up. But one thing that made me think is its a blessing in disguised because it led me to my best friend who is Mormon and later through her, I joined the Mormon church.

    So I think it planned that way. I will do to seal my adoptive family ( not me just them) cuz I be doing a duty I’m suppose to do is to save them to return back to our Heavenly Father someday. I’m just still wondering if I should wait or what about me being sealed to who? Hope u can clear up or answer this cuz this is a different issue than the other email I read about being sealed to which parents. This is about being sealed to which FAMILY. Thanks for listening or reading this.

    I am deeply sorry for the nature of some who hurt others so much. I am sure we both know that if people could just follow the Lord’s teachings there would be so much less suffering in the world.(2 Nephi 9:18)

    I very am happy that you found the true gospel. In the long run, it is a such a wonderful gift that will bring you a fullness of joy forever:

    18 But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.

     

    I do believe that our choices as spirits in our pre-mortal lives tend to qualify us for being born into, or for some, being led to the true church. As all will eventually be adults after the resurrection, the patriarchial order brought about by sealing families together, in my understanding, is going to be in some part, the government of the celestial kingdom. How you fit into that will be your choice and adjustments will be made during the thousand year millinium. As you are the only member of the Church in either your birth family or adoptive family, I think you could follow your heart at the present time and be at perfect peace about your choice, knowing full well that these adjustments can and will be made as needed.

    I think you should ask this question to a temple president at some point the next time you attend the temple. I wish you all the best.