Donny Osmond answers a fan’s question: ‘Do I serve a mission?’

Donny Osmond answers a fan’s question: ‘Do I serve a mission?’

Donny Osmond discusses missionary work online
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If you haven’t seen Donny Osmond’s website, you should check it out! You can see where he’s performing, or buy his latest CD, which is what you’d expect at any singer’s website.  Something special about Osmond’s site is that you can also read all about his religious beliefs. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Osmond has informally represented the Church for decades. He continues this tradition online by devoting a special section of his website to sharing his faith.

In the “My Beliefs” page of his website, Osmond shares his testimony and answers questions from fans about his religion. With his characteristic warmth and candor, Osmond discusses many facets of the Church. We’ve selected one excerpt on missionary work. Enjoy!

Question: Do I Serve a Mission?

“For as long as I can remember, I have been watching you preform Joseph on the screen. You’re so good.  I can honestly say, you are one of the people I have always looked up to. You are so strong in the gospel, and in music, it makes me want to be better too. Like you, music is my life. It means everything to me. I am in high school and have yet to experience the pressures of this world. I’ve heard about how you wanted to leave on a mission, but you were loved by the world tremendously. I am a member of the church and still have a few years before I can go. I’m not sure if the Lord feels that I need to go. But then again, I feel as though I need to devote my time to academics. But how do I choose between what I feel I need to do? And what Heavenly Father wants me to do?”

Donny Osmond’s Answer:

“Four of my sons have gone on missions and the fifth is planning to go. As I see the wonderful growth in each of them, I feel a twinge of regret that I did not go on a full time mission. At that time, some church leaders encouraged my brothers and me to continue to perform because we were getting a lot of attention as “Mormons” and yes, it did bring a lot of attention to the Church and may have even caused some to investigate our faith, but I still missed the personal experience of serving.

“I would advise any young member to prepare themselves to serve a mission by studying the scriptures and the Preach My Gospel missionary manual and remaining morally worthy. I believe that serving a faithful mission is the best possible thing that any young member of our Church can do.

“‘And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father.’ (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 15:6)

“‘And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! 16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!’ (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 18:15 – 16)

“I was thrilled to see the age for the young women of the Church lowered so all who would like to serve can go without delaying their families. What a great blessing this will be for the Church and for the future mothers who will have the mission experience behind them as they rear their children.

“Being loved by the world cannot compare with the joy that comes from loving and following the Lord.

“Let me know what you decide.”

Read more at My Beliefs – Donny Osmond

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  1. Brother Donny Osmond: In my eyes your are not only a missionary, you are an example of what every member should strive for in declaring the truth of the Gospel. I do have a personal love for you Donny and still remember the day I saw an article of you and some of the things that were mentioned about the gospel. When I was a teenager there were more then enough idols out there but your light was the brightest. Because of your example as a teenager I not only joined the church but served a mission and have a relationship with my Savior that cannot be described only felt in the most awesome joy possible. I am in my 50’s and still single but I just tell people I am still waiting for you and interpreted in meaning I am waiting for a man focused in the love of Heavenly Father and you Donny are an example of that. Know that I am one of many that are on the right path because of the Osmonds and thank you everyday.

  2. I did not know that your sons were old enough to serve missions! That shows I don’t follow that well.
    I served in the states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, 1966 to 1968. Memphis, Tennessee was also in our mission. Martin Luther King was murdered while I was serving in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I was serving in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the s
    Civil Rights Marchers come in. Was told by the Black folks not to ride our bikes in their neighborhood that night. Their was going to be trouble! Sure enough the KKK had a cross burning there. My companion and I taught the 1st discussion to the Grand Dragon of the Klan, in Laurel, Mississippi. He did like what we taught.
    Served at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in 1967 as the Vietnam war was heating up. Fort Polk was where Army Infantry went after basic training, for Advanced Infantry Training. The stuff that kept one alive in the jungles of Vietnam. Served on the campus of L.S.U., in the fall of 1967. A church member played on the team and we taught some of his team members. It was a difficult time for this nation and we were not received very well in most cities and towns. Sure learned my scriptures though. In the Bible Belt, was very important to know them, not to argue, but share the same truths.
    I was not very well prepared, had never been away from home before. Had no brothers to learn how to deal with a companion 24/7 for two years. Having learned much about teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, went on to serve 5 Stake Missions before become a Seventy, then as the Stake Mission Secretary before they were ended. Thank you for your great work as an entertainer. Many people we met spoke her highly of you and your family. Keep serving your local missionaries with friends to teach. You may be asked to baptize one, that is awesome!!!!

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