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Utah is where our family was born, where we grew up, moved from, and then came back to!
When we were young and sang Barbershop harmony as a quartet, we moved to California to be on a weekly television show called The Andy Williams Show. We spent 7 years doing that and then got into the record business and writing songs that appealed to our own peers.
After having much success and in making many friends worldwide, we started doing television again with The Donny and Marie Show and all the family got involved in the production of it. We missed not being in Utah and so my family asked me to meet with the President of ABC Television, Fred Silverman, and ask him to allow us to move the TV Series to Utah! Mr. Silverman said, “What’s in Utah?” “Is there a TV Studio there?” I said, “No, but there will be!” We showed him our production plans for the construction and finally he approved us to move it to Utah during the mid-season that following year. We knew it was ambitious but we felt inspired to follow our promptings so we pushed all the “go buttons” to build The Osmond Studios, a state of the art Television and Production Studio in Orem, Utah!
We Osmonds loved music and we traveled around the world many times singing it but when we finished our tours, we also loved to go back home and be with all of our families!
We sang a song called, “Hello Utah” that reminded everyone of a most wonderful place to live. We wanted all of our friends and neighbors to know how much we enjoyed growing up in Utah, going to school, making friends, marring their daughters and son, and for all of our grandkids to do the same!
It was 1981 and we all now had families while performing and we were missing them and our wives, so we decided to stop touring for a while and went back home to Utah! I love staying busy so that’s when I started a live stadium event called, “Stadium of Fire”! I loved fireworks and as Executive Producer of The Donny & Marie TV Series and other Osmond productions, I soon learned that it wasn’t “television”…. but tele-VISION!!!!! People loved to SEEEEEEEEE something fun and exciting. Fireworks was my thing! I loved lighting up the sky to music and even set a Guinnes Book of Records for lighting a MILLION firecrackers in 6 seconds!
We are now into our 36th year of this sold out celebrity fireworks spectacular with a focus on God, Family, Freedom, and Country!
We all moved to Branson, Missouri where we had The Osmond Family Theater where we worked for 10 years. We were in one place and the audiences traveled to see us instead of us to them! It worked out great.
Times have changed. We are now living in day of unsure times when there is much wickedness and turbulence in the world. The future seems so corrupt and most unsure. But, with faith and hope, trusting in the Lord and by being wise, we can plan for those great days and tomorrows ahead! We have something that we know will help.
I am older and hopefully a little wiser.
I would like to invite all of our friends and neighbors to email me so that we can arrange for you to “SEE” what we are doing!
Alan & Suzanne Osmond remembering some good old friends, The Beach Boys!
Suzanne and I had a great time with The Beach Boys at the Stadium of Fire event which I started and now after 34 years with which I am still involved! Yes, we are working on talent for this coming year and hope you will mark the 4th of July to be with us in Utah!
Let’s always remember . . . No matter who “we think we are”, we are all still “brothers and sisters” of a loving God in this world we call earth. Let’s all make the most of it and choose well always remembering who we are, and why we are here!
My Grandfather Thomas M. Davis and grandmother Vera Ann Davis were educators. Grandpa once told me,
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!”
As a young boy, my Father would tell us about the “Good Old Days” . . . you know, when he was taught respect, manners, being courteous, and the way to treat a woman. He shared how he was brought up with a strong religious faith and that Sundays were holy, and prayer was used throughout the week. His Father died when he was 6 weeks old when he got kicked by a horse. He shared how hard that was and how he had to stand up and fight for what he believed in and for what he wanted. He also taught us that the best way to get ahead in life was . . . to go to work!
Well, guess what I did when I was young? You’re right . . . I worked!
My parents raised eight boys and one girl (that’s Marie) in a small town of Ogden, Utah and we all worked hard. We had fun but, when school was over, so were friends. It was time for family. We milked cows, raised gardens, bailed hay, hauled irrigation pipe and hoed sugar beets, … we always had a school room in our home where Mother would teach us and our two deaf brothers. That’s where we also learned to love music, to play instruments and to sing!
My father had been an army sergeant, and when it came to raising eight sons, some people used to accuse him of having too much “Regimentation!” He would simply smile and say, “I like to call it, Organization!” Yes, we were disciplined but mainly taught self-discipline in order to become better people, better at our music, to achieve our goals and meet our opportunities. I truly think that this is what’s missing today in many families and homes. Self discipline and order!
In today world, we try to fit more into less… and do less, to get more. We keep trying to find shortcuts in time and travel, with fast foods, quick start programs and overnight education. We use treadmills instead of going hiking, we make apps to do things quicker and use caffeine to stay awake longer. We don’t cook, but eat out! Kids go to daycare and in business we cut corners and charge more. We have sex before marriage, if we marry at all! If pregnant we just abort, get divorced if we want a change, and tell lies, then just pay the fine. We cheat and say I don’t remember, steal and say it’s entitlement, give our kids a pat on the back and call it spending time and say “ask your Mom” in order to solve the problems!
Is this how we are living today? Is this how we are raising our families?
Then it’s time to take a STAND!
Suzanne and I aren’t perfect, but especially since we had eight sons of our own and now 24 grandchildren, we created TheFamily.com website and the One Heart Foundation for “Strengthening The Family.” We publish various ways to help The Family Physically, Mentally, Socially, Spiritually, and Financially. We reach out to help sick children, deaf children, homeless families and those in need. We stand up against Pornography and Drug abuse and stand for Marriage. We stand for values, morals, and family traditions, and for the Proclamation on The Family . . . recognizing that we are all children of God.
It seems that most of the problems today are because of:
“The Breakdown of The Family”!
In the Past . . .
Most children lived in a home with both their mother and father, who were married.
Life in the womb was valued and considered sacred.
The rights of parents were Respected.
Religious freedom was Protected and Practiced.
We put our trust in God.
How did we let things slip so far?
Life is based upon eternal laws and truths and if you break them, someone usually gets hurt. As we try to make a change for the better, let us remember that there are some things that cannot be changed. We cannot change the laws of God. That’s where life comes in!
We must also NEVER Get discouraged!
When we were kids, an uncle said to my Father, “Why do you want your boys in show business with all those wicked women?” “I know your boys can sing but, they’re not that good.”
After we were on TV with The Andy Williams Shows we wanted to record music that we and our teen age friends and peers liked, and a record producer told us . . . “You’ll never make it in show business because you are too clean cut! Too “Goody-Goody” But we did! We just let those words go in one ear and out the other.
We also made some CAREER decisions that some thought were a bit odd, but we always tried to keep our family values first and worked hard at staying together.
One day when we were looking for that next hit record, we got a call from our record President saying they found a hit record for us and for us to go and meet the writer at the recording studio. So we did!
There was this really a nice black guy with a song he wrote that was incredible, but . . . there were some lyrics in it that we just couldn’t sing. Our record president said if you don’t record it, we’ll lose a hit record! My mother then said, let me go and talk to him. After she explained that we just couldn’t sing those lyrics, the writer said to my mother, “If my Mama were here today, she would slap my face! Now let’s go and change those lyrics!” He did! We recorded it, … and it was a hit record, “Love Me For A Reason”!
I was an Executive Producer for the Donny & Marie Shows in Los Angeles and when ABC President, Fred Silverman, renewed another year for our weekly TV series, I was the one that had to tell him that we would love to renew but that we wanted to move the TV Series to Utah. Fred said, “What’s in Utah?”
You’re right! We build the Osmond Studios in Orem so we could be with all of our family and do it from home.
We all eventually sold our nice homes and everyone moved to Branson, Missouri. Some people thought we had received a call from the Prophet of our Church to “go to Missouri”. We would smile and jokingly say, “Didn’t you get your letter?”
Yes, we all worked together at our new Osmond Family Theater so we could be together and not have to travel so much. Our audiences would do the traveling to see us!
More hit records and traveling started to come and yes, we were missing our wives and families once again. We said to each other, “Is this where our Gold Records got us? So, we quit performing and went home. We didn’t know what we would do to make a living but we said we would do anything to be home, be good husbands and fathers.
That’s when I created ‘Stadium of Fire’ so I could be with my family and work from home.
So you see, “We must NOT fear the future but deal with it!“
It takes – Self Discipline!
How do we counter act the forces of the world that pulls family apart?
We maintain Family Traditions. Here are a few of ours:
Birthdays are each celebrated with a special birthday plate and a personalized cake. Mother would cook their favorite foods.
For Thanksgiving, we cooked the turkey and our kids each bring a side dish.
Christmas Eve – We have Banana Splits. We read the Christmas Story and the children re-enact it. We open new pajamas & presents from Grandma & Grandpa, then they go to their homes before ‘Santa’ comes!
Waffles w/strawberries precedes General Conference.
Eleven Eleven is Suzanne’s families’ Pinegar Day, and there is no working on Sundays and family nights.
We dedicated the cabin in which our Mother Olive May Davis was born. It’s where her parents lived for years. It became a museum in Samaria/Malad, Idaho. A friend Luke Waldron rebuilt and he and the City of Malad maintain it for scheduled tours.
Family Reunions happen with Pictures, Journals, Family History and a serious group photo plus always one funny one!
“We seek higher things.”
You see, these studies were recently published in New York Times stating that: The ones who know a lot about their families, tend to do better when they face challenges. For example:
Do you know where your grandparents grew up?
Do you know where your mom and dad went to high school?
Do you know where your parents met?
How about an illness or something really terrible that happened in your family and how they overcame it?
Do you know the story of your birth?
(This is the original cabin where my Davis Grandparents lived and where my Mother, Olive May Davis was born in Samaria, Idaho.
It was rebuilt and maintained by Luke Waldron and dedicated as a museum in tribute to Olive by The Osmond and Davis Families, Luke Waldron and friends of Samaria.)
It’s now proven that:
The more children know about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control they have over their lives.
The higher their self-esteem, the more succcessful their families functioned.
It’s all about a child’s sense of being part of a larger family.
So if we want a happier family, we must create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones.
That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.
Today my heart is filled with thankfulness and the love of life with a desire to speak out and share my feelings from within.
This past week has been such a wonderful week where so many eventful things took place. On July 4th, we got our 23rd grandchild born to Alex and Jessica Osmond. It was a beautiful and healthy girl which they named Peyton. She is our little “Firecracker” baby! She also reminded Suzanne and me of the joy we have had in raising our eight sons and how important family is! This is why Suzanne and I publish here at TheFamily.com with various ways to help “Strengthen The Family Physically, Mentally, Socially, Spiritually, and Financially. Suzanne and I really work hard to help ‘Strengthen The Family’ – and we are focusing on Strengthening The Family – Financially at such a time as this which seems to be one of the biggest challenges today. In order to have the resources necessary to live a balanced good life and to get any kind of education, we have been finding tremendous success with our company, Osmond.net.
We as a family are all joining together this week for the George and Olive Osmond Family Reunion for a fun time and to renew our commitment and love for one another. We also want everyone to see the up to date genealogy success we’re having with OsmondFamily.org in finding our ancestors and “turning the hearts of the children to the fathers”.
This past week we and TheFamily.com also announced the development of a NEW Social Network Site JUST FOR FAMILIES called OurFamily.com. Go and take a look at it! It has many secure features just for families.
You see, Social Networks Come and Go But, Families are Forever! We made this first announcement at America’s Freedom Foundation‘s 33rd year of Stadium of Fire. It was one of our best shows as we celebrated Family, God, Country and Freedom. I created and started Stadium of Fire in 1981 after we decided to come home from a most successful concert tour but with the decision that we were going to quit entertaining. Why?
I wanted a job where I could work and be home as a husband and a father. Even with all of the gold records and success that we have had for over 50+ years performing individually and as a family, but we know that no other success anc compensate for ‘failure in the home’. As entertainers, we have to travel and take our music to those around the world in order to perform to our many audiences. We Osmonds have been doing it for many years and loved it but now that we are older, we were missing our wives and families; and nothing was more important than they! Now, don’t get me wrong, we love the success we had in the entertainment and recording industry and especially loved going around the world to see our most loyal fans gather together with us in concert and to share our love of music with them.
We are appreciative of our fans which we call friends because of their friendship and loyalty throughout the years. We have been able to meet and get to know many people and have developed friendships worldwide. Yes, we always enjoyed performing and we still do but, we are also human beings with feelings and emotions, also! We have needs like everyone else and needed to experience life ourselves as human beings, children of God, and to fulfill ‘God’s work and glory’ by experiencing life while keeping God’s commandments. Such commandments include honesty, integrity, chastity, loving others as oneself and in finding someone to share one’s life with, getting married, and ‘multiplying and replenishing the earth’ by bringing His spirit children to earth via birth in physical bodies as children into a family, of which we all are.
You see, we don’t believe that we are here by accident, by evolution, or by chance. We believe that we are literally children of God and that His Plan which we all accepted before we came here was to get a physical body of flesh and bones in order to become more like our Heavenly Parents; to gain knowledge and wisdom, to understand good and evil, to be tested, and to choose the way we wish to live our lives. We must choose ‘The Way’ by following either Jesus Christ, who is ‘The Way’ of everlasting life . . . .OR . . . ‘The Way’ of Satan, who is the author of all evil!
Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and by following His ways and studying His word and works, we can become more perfected in this life and become more like Him. As promised, He came to this world to ‘show us The Way’ and by example, how to live our lives. After we die, which we will and which is an important factor in God’s ‘Plan of Happiness’, because of Jesus Christ, we will rise again and become glorified children of God. After resurrection, the spirit and body will never again be separated, and the person will become immortal. Every person born on earth will be resurrected because Jesus Christ overcame death. (1 Cor. 15:20–22)
We also have the freedom to fail, by the choice of following Satan and his works of sin. We all will live again after we die and live forever as spiritual beings. But where? We do believe that if a couple are married by one who has authority in The House of the Lord with the covenants and sealing promises made to God, that we as husbands and wives with our families will be together again and forever will live eternally in one of Heavenly Fathers mansions on high:
I don’t want to make this a lecture on faith, religion, or to be a debate. This life really isn’t about how much STUFF we can acquire . . ., it’s about helping others, and securing oneself and one’s family for the future and to be informed and prepared, especially during these GREAT and DREADFUL days . . . The Last Days!
We wrote a song back in the ’70’s from the Album, The Plan, called “It’s Gotta Be The Last Days”. We sang about many of the things that were prophesied would happen and sang, “That’s what they said . . . some day it would be. Now just look around . . . if that’s what you see . . . IT’S GOTTA BE THE LAST DAYS!”
Well friends, take a look around! The Last Days would be a GREAT DAY . . . and a DREADFUL DAY! And it is! We ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS!
I don’t want to write any more but want to invite all of you to comment and discuss this topic as I want to know your feelings. I want to know what you think! Our web site’s ability to comment was off but, I think it is working once again. I invite you to ponder your hearts and share your honest thoughts and feelings about these LAST DAYS! “WHY IS IT A GREAT AND A DREADFUL DAY?”
We are All ‘Fired Up’ for this years Stadium of Fire!
Remember when we lit 1,000,000+ firecrackers in 6 seconds?
Are you ready and fired up for a great 4th of July Celebration of Family, Freedom, God and Country? Well we are and it’s going to be a BLAST!!!!
This year we have a great line up of talent and
an exciting production with headliner:
Carly Rae Jepsen,
and Cirque Du Soleil!
This will be our 33rd year of Stadium of Fire since I created it back in 1981. Here are Suzanne’s and my sons, The Osmonds Second Generation, with last years headliner Carrie Underwood. We have had many great memories together at this event.
Go to stadiumoffire.com and see all of the 30+ events that America’s Freedom Foundation supports with its four main purposes: to celebrate, teach, honor, and strengthen the traditional American values of Family, Freedom God and country! These values are so important to be learned at a young age in order to maintain our freedoms in this blessed country! What better way is there to do it than at America’s Freedom Festival?
Your support of the festival will keep these fun activities alive each year and help teach our children what a great country we have with opportunities to get involved and to be a volunteer! We have over 3,000 of them and can always use more! Get your tickets here!
Social Networks Come and Go – But Families Are Forever!
OurFamily.comis documenting each family’s legacy for future generations an is the Social Network you can trust! It is built from the ground up for families so they don’t have to worry about photos or personal information being shared publicly – It all stays in The Family.
Gather data from existing social streams into one central family-focused network. It doesn’t matter if your children are on Instagram or Facebook. Their info can automatically be shared on OurFamily!
We believe that families are the primary building blocks of society. But the frantic pace of modern life is destroying the family’s ability to stay engaged and connected.
Unlike friend-focused or business-focused social media,OurFamily is being made for Families. We will provide you with a secure way to explore, learn, and share about your family’s fascinating past, living present and exciting future together.
OurFamilyis a startup dedicated to connecting families and allowing family members to engage with each daily using mobile, tablet, computer, and SmartTV.
We’re currently working with investors to ensure OurFamily’s success.
Yes, TheFamily.com and our non-profit charity, One Heart Foundation, are joining in support of this NEW Social Media site just for families. Whereas, TheFamily.com is for ALL FAMILIES and helps “Strengthen The Family Physically, Mentally, Socially, Spiritually, and Financially and One Heart Foundation helps with Strengthening The Family by raising funds in support of it. But, we see a real need for families to stay in touch daily! To do that, we’re partnering with OurFamily.com to build a safe and secure way for families to communicate and share and we’d like your help!
OurFamily.com is being developed just for families that want privacy and secure protection in sharing pictures, music, and other social connecting where selective and privacy controls within the family and invited members can be achieved.
If you are interested in being involved and helping move this development forward, please click here on OurFamily.com!
OurFamily.com is also being featured at Stadium of Fire and in their magazine this year with invites to to all families and investors to get involved.
America’s Freedom Festival at Provo organizes and sponsors patriotic celebrations throughout the year, not just in July. Be sure to keep your family and friends up-to-date on our new and exciting events each month!
Nathan Osmond films music video for patriotic ballad on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
By Dana Ferguson -| The Salt Lake Tribune
Nine flags waved over the desertlike landscape of the Bonneville Salt Flats this week, as Nathan Osmond tapped the return key on his laptop and sent pre-recorded melodies over the great expanse.
The country singer and his band proceeded to rock out, attempting not to trip over the uneven terrain.
Nathan Osmond and his band filmed scenes for Osmond’s new music video “Stars and Stripes” on Wednesday, June 27, on the Utah Salt Flats. The video is set to be released next week.
A hodgepodge crew of musicians and producers gathered on the Bonneville Salt Flats to film scenes for Osmond’s single “Stars and Stripes.” All the while, onlookers stopped at the rest stop just up the hill to check out what was going down below.
Band members pounded steel rods into the rough ground while videographers wrestled with their equipment. Filming began about an hour and a half later than expected Wednesday evening.
Osmond wrote the song to honor military families. “I’m just thinking what’s on my heart,” he said.
In other staged scenes, the video will feature Robert and Krista Iverson and their children. After hearing the country ballad at a recent concert, Krista Iverson volunteered to participate in filming the music video. “We heard it and we thought it really captured some of the experiences we’ve been through,” Iverson said.
Robert Iverson was awarded a Purple Heart after his tank was attacked in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Marine officer said he appreciates the message of gratitude Osmond’s song sends to troops, veterans and military families.
“We traveled a lot of miles, we killed a lot of people, we went back to our camp and started all over again the next day,” Robert Iverson said. “It was really rough on us.”
The music video is one reminder of the sacrifices of soldiers serving overseas. “I really appreciate what [Osmond] is doing putting the military back on the nation’s conscience,” Iverson said. “So many paid the ultimate price. I’m honored to just be associated with those people.”
Families at home also face significant struggles, and in the music video Krista Iverson is pictured praying for her husband, awaiting his return.
Note: Nathan will be performing this song at “Stadium of Fire”on July 4th at BYU’s Lavelle Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah prior to Scotty McCreery and The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Celebration!