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The Osmond Brothers Final Bow And Testimony

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The Osmond Brothers Final Bow And Testimony

The U.K. Tour

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On this, Merrill Osmond’s Birthday, The Osmond Brothers take their final Bow and share their Testimony to their dear fans and friends in their United Kingdom’s Final Tour.

the familyI know that Wayne and I so wish that we could have been there to perform and say thank you to the most wonderful fans and friends any musical artiist could ever wish to have.

I, Alan Osmond, was the oldest of the group and had to leave the group a few years ago due to having Multiiiple Sclerosis.  Wayne Osmond, the second oldest of the group just recently had to leave the group due to health conditions.

We always said a word of prayer before each and every performance we did asking for the Lord’s blessings and for the Holy Spirit to touch those among the audience that they might feel our love and testimony through our music that we have for life, for family, and for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We know that Jesus Christ is The Way to everlasting happiness and that He has restored His Gospel here upon the earth with all the power and authority to bless us with everlasting life in the world and heavens to come.

We usually always end our shows with a musical testimony via a song that we love so much; a song we wrote for The Plan Album called, “Are You Up There”, and ending it with the classic song, “I Believe”.  These shows that we have done for about 55+ years have always started with a word of prayer backstage and usually ended with a song of gratitude and belief on stage.

the familyIn behalf of all of my brothers and sister Marie, myself and all of the Osmond families, may we say thank you for accepting us and our music, and especially for all of those tender words, hugs, kisses and eternal friendships that will never go away.  We love our fans and call them friends knowing that there is purpose in life.

We Osmonds are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are not ashamed of the fullness of His gospel.  We sing His name, we take upon ourselves His Name, and always remember Him and strive to keep His Commandments.

If you have felt that ‘Spirit’ and love in our concerts, our music, our TV and media moments, or wonder why we are the way we are . . . then we invite you to click this link and ask of those who respond to share with you “what it is that you felt” and then ask them any questions.  Ask them to explain and to give you answers to “the reason for the hope that is within us” Osmonds.  Or, if you see us, just ask us personally and we will share with you the glad message of Jesus Christ and His Plan of Life that includes The Way to return back to our Heavenly Parents and what is needed to be able to live in the highest mansions of Heaven with them for all eternity.

Sincerely with love,

Alan Osmond
For The Family

the familyMerrill, Virl, Tom, Wayne
Alan, Olive, Marie, George, Jay
Donny, Jimmy 

 

 

 

Turn The Heart Of The Children To The Fathers

By on Mar 27 in Blog tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

…Turn The Heart Of The Children To The Fathers

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Where did we come from?

Why are we here?

Where do we go after this life?

Through family history work, we can learn about our ancestors and increase our love for them. We can be inspired by their stories of courage and faith. We can pass that legacy on to our children.  All of the family history endeavors are directed to the need to form a “welding link—between the fathers and the children” (D&C 128: 18).

We are participants in Heavenly Father’s plan, and our eternal experience can be divided into three main parts:

  1. Premortal life,

  2. Mortal life,

  3. Life after death.

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As we come to understand the plan, we find answers to questions asked by so many: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after this life?

Premortal Life

Before we were born on the earth, we lived in the presence of our Heavenly Father as one of His spirit children. In this premortal existence, we attended a council with Heavenly Father’s other spirit children. At that council, Heavenly Father presented His great plan of happiness (see Abraham 3: 22-26).

In harmony with the plan of happiness, the premortal Jesus Christ, the Firstborn Son of the Father in the spirit, covenanted to be the Savior (see Moses 4: 2Abr. 3: 27). Those who followed Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were permitted to come to the earth to experience mortality and progress toward eternal life. Lucifer, another spirit son of God, rebelled against the plan and “sought to destroy the agency of man” (Moses 4: 3). He became Satan, and he and his followers were cast out of heaven and denied the privileges of receiving a physical body and experiencing mortality (see Moses 4: 4Abraham 3: 27-28).

Throughout our premortal lives, we developed our identity and increased our spiritual capabilities. Blessed with the gift of agency, we made important decisions, such as the decision to follow Heavenly Father’s plan. These decisions affected our life then and now. We grew in intelligence and learned to love the truth, and we prepared to come to the earth, where we could continue to progress.

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We are now experiencing mortal life. Our spirits are united with our bodies, giving us opportunities to grow and develop in ways that were not possible in premortal life. This part of our existence is a time of learning in which we can prove ourselves, choose to come unto Christ, and prepare to be worthy of eternal life. It is also a time when we can help others find the truth and gain a testimony of the plan of salvation.

Life after Death

When we die, our spirits will enter the spirit world and await the resurrection. At the time of the resurrection, our spirit and body will reunite, and we will be judged and received into a kingdom of glory. The glory we inherit will depend on the depth of our conversion and our obedience to the Lord’s commandments (see Kingdoms of Glory). It will depend on the manner in which we have “received the testimony of Jesus” (D&C 76: 51; see also D&C 76: 74, 79, 101).

Blessings through Knowledge of the Plan

the familyA testimony of the plan of salvation can give us hope and purpose as we wrestle with the challenges of life. We can find reassurance in the knowledge that we are children of God and that we lived in His presence before being born on the earth. We can find meaning in our present life, knowing that our actions during mortality influence our eternal destiny. With this knowledge, we can base important decisions on eternal truths rather than on the changing circumstances of life. We can continually improve our relationships with family members, rejoicing in the promise that our families can be eternal. We can find joy in our testimonies of the Atonement and the Lord’s commandments, ordinances, covenants, and doctrines, knowing that “he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come” (D&C 59: 23).

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Suzanne and I invite you to visit our Family History Site to see “Where We Came From” . . .  and to see IF WE ARE RELATED!

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Get NOI-Z (Noisy) – Let’s Turn The World Around

By on Nov 12 in Blog tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

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IT’S TIME TO STAND UP!

SPEAK OUT!

OPEN YOUR MOUTHS!

AND

GET NOI-Z (Noisy) !!!


LET’S TURN THE WORLD AROUND AND BECOME A ZION PEOPLE!

“THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE THAT EVER LIVED.”

“The pure in heart”. D&C 97: 21

In the world today, The Family is under attack by the forces of evil and wickedness and many things long held sacred are ridiculed. The family is where children are nurtured, educated, and learn values.  The family is where individuals turn to first in challenging moments, including financial disaster, health crises, and many other key life transitions.  And yet, the family is also under attack in ways that are unprecedented.  More than one third of American children currently grow-up without a father in the home.  More than half of American adults are not married, cohabitation is at record levels, and the average marriage age is move later and later.

In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities. Families lie at the center of our Heavenly Father’s plan. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” declares the responsibilities of parents to their families:

“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalms 127: 3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.”

We need to make our homes a place of refuge from the storm, which is increasing in intensity all about us. Even if the smallest openings are left unattended, negative influences can penetrate the very walls of our homes.   We remind you that parents are to preside over their own families.

We hope that by providing you with family helps, members of your family will be assisted and encouraged to build stronger and better families and homes. We hope it will cause a conscious and sustained effort in building an eternal family unit, and we all will be reminded to focus our attention on the most important organization the Lord has established here on earth.

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The Family

Family activities include (1) writing personal and family journals, (2) holding family councils, (3) establishing and maintaining family organizations for the immediate and extended family, (4) personal interviews between parents and children, (5) writing to relatives and missionaries, (6) genealogy, (7) visiting relatives and those who are ill or lonely, (8) charity work, (9) reading stories to children, and (10) singing Church hymns.

“Monday nights are reserved for family home evenings. We encourage members to set aside this time to strengthen family ties and teach principles and values in their homes.

We also counseled parents and children to give highest priority to family prayer, family home evening, gospel study and instruction, and wholesome family activities.

May it be our resolve this year to build a gospel-centered home, a safe harbor from the storms of the adversary. Let us again remember the promises and instructions from the Lord to His children:

“The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.

“Light and truth forsake that evil one.”

“But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.”

When you see things that are NOT RIGHT, take a STAND and STAND UP!  When others are forcing their ways and ideas upon you and you family that are NOT appropriate, SPEAK OUT! When you hear or see something on the TV, radion, internet or your computer that is inappropriate, SHUT IT OFF!  Sometimes silence isn’t golden . . . it’s YELLOW!  So OPEN YOUR MOUTHS for GOOD!

If we will do these things, we will be helping to TURN THIS WORLD AROUND!  Let’s all be like the people of Enoch who love one another and were of One Heart.  They became a ‘ZION People’ and were known as “The Happiest People that ever lived!”  Let’s do the SAME!

“And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.” Moses 7: 18

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The Plan Album Written In 1973 Was About Our Day Today!

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What is The Plan? The Plan of Life? The Plan of Salvation?
The Plan of Mercy?  The Plan of Everlasting Happiness? 

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In 1973, my brothers and I came out with a concept album which we wrote about The Plan of Life.  It did not happen easily though.  We felt great oposition by a darker force that tried to stop us several times.  We would get discouraged and had to cast those feelings out.  We were told not to release such an album.  We even had the album in final conception in writing when our hotel caught fire and the only notes we had got burned up in Memphis, Tennessee.

My brothers and I wanted to say something important and share our views just like the Beatles did with their “Sergeant Peppers Album”.  There were other groups that did the same. This would be our original compositions and performance of some songs about The Plan of Life.  We started over and re-wrote the album.  Released it in a Blank cover at California KHJ’s rock station’s request because their listening audience wouldn’t believe it was us, and we even sought the blessings of our Prophet President Lee and the Twelve Apostles after it was released and received their blessings.  It was our most fulfilling and probably the most loved album by our fans.

This video was shot at one of our concerts featuring some of the songs.

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About The Plan

I am so very pleased that my favorite album that we recorded, The Plan, after 28 years, is going to be released by the middle of this month. Many of you may remember some of the situations that we as a group faced with this “rock opera” effort to express our feelings about The Plan of LIFE! The Beatles had their “Sergeant Peppers” album, and other groups had theirs with thought provoking ideas. The Plan was ours. Having released our biggest hit single, Crazy Horses, with an attempt to leave something musically to our industry and to the world as musicians, we expressed in lyrics and music the importance of stopping air pollution. It was one of the very first anti pollution songs ever written. We likened the words “Crazy Horses” to the horsepower of engines and the smoke they created. The Plan was our way to creatively share our thoughts and feelings about who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. We expressed important principles that we believed with a cue to our listeners to “don’t take it too easy”. . . that there was something here that we wanted them to think about and know. It was quite a difficult task without seeming “preachy” which we did not want to do.

We worked for over a year or so putting together our notes, music, and ideas for this project. They were all in a special notebook that I carried with me on tour. One afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee, we checked into our hotel rooms. Security was loose and there were people running all over the hotel. Our rooms were up on a high floor and the fire escape doors were locked to keep people from coming up onto our floor. Security had placed in Wayne’s and my room many wrapped boxes and gifts for our family from our fans and others. There was so much commotion and confusion that my Father suggested that we as a family have lunch together in their hotel suite. We did.

Half way through our meal, we smelled smoke. We opened the door and saw smoke in the hall . . . and it was increasing very fast. We yelled FIRE and tried to exit the fire exit down the stairs . . . but couldn’t as the door was locked. John Rosenberg, our trumpet player who was a black belt, flew towards the door with a sidekick, and managed to knock the door open. We hurried down the stairs into the crowded lobby, which was now filled with firemen and many hotel guests. We couldn’t wait to see what happened, as we had to depart for our concert show in our touring bus. We had left our costumes in our hotel rooms but had another set under the bus that was needing to be cleaned but which had to be worn again for the show.

After the show was over, we were in a very big hurry to get back to the hotel and see what had happened, what caused the fire, and where our personal stuff was. As we entered the lobby, we were escorted by hotel management to see all of our personal belongings in a big pile on the floor in the main lobby. People we didn’t even know were going through it and we were taking certain items unrestricted. I saw my bible and other scriptures, my teeth retainers, and other personal items. I looked and looked and in a frantic conclusion I panicked because I did not see my notebook of The Plan. I quickly asked if we had anything else left in our rooms. They informed me that Wayne’s and my room where all those unopened packages were stored was where the fire seemed to be. Our costumes were destroyed; some of our musical instruments, and The Plan was gone!

We had “stepped away” from the music of The Plan” as we did our summer tour. We were still working on some new creative works but could only save and remember a few. We became very determined that this effort must be completed and that no-one would stop us. . . so we started at it again to create and compose the works that many now know as The Plan.

The Plan – More! By Alan Osmond

Now that we brothers had become re-dedicated to the writing and recording of the album project, The Plan, the Brothers became VERY close to one other! We probably haven’t been as close as we were then. There seemed to be a more spiritual surrounding when we were with each other for this purpose, less contention, and a longing to get together and create with a unified effort the receiving of inspiration and “special” creativity for this our “rock opera”. I say “special” because we have all written songs together before. But, it seemed that there was a humble and directed way that we received these moments of inspiration with each song. There were some songs that we struggled with to get the exact words or music. I remember that we were at a photo session in Yosemite National Park in California and Wayne, Merrill and I (along with our Mother) were sitting in the car while individual Osmonds got their pictures taken. We were searching for all the words that impressed us that ended with the letters “tion” for a song that was evolving called “The Last Days”. With other songs and times, the creative parts came really fast like when we wrote “One Way Ticket to Anywhere”. Jay got on those drums of his and we rolled it out in a hurry. There was a song that took me many, many hours. It was called “Are You Up There”. I was in my bed in California late one evening having read scriptures, prayed, and pondered for a great amount of time as to what it was that was in my bosom that I NEEDED to “say”. I could feel it as though it were a physical object inside of me trying to get out. I would stare at the piano keys that were located at the foot of my bed. I was wide-awake but totally still and quiet for around 4+ hours. At about 2 or three o’clock A.M., something happened. It was an emotional experience as I asked myself . . . “What are you trying to say?” “What is it?” It was like a light turned on . . . and got brighter. Here I was sitting up in bed with my pencil and pad of paper in hand and I started to write. Not only did I write lyrics to an inspired song but also, as I looked at the piano keys, I could see what the music cords and melody were to be. I hardly ever went back to check what I had written or made changes! When I finished I re-read the song and started to cry. I will NEVER forget that experience as long as I live! Someone was helping me. I prayed to my Heavenly Father giving Him thanks as I knew that I had been inspired from another source, a very, very good source, for I could NOT have written these words or music myself. I could hardly sleep the rest of the night. I would lie there for the next few hours and re-collect my experience and thoughts. I wanted morning to come very badly so I could share this experience and song with my Brothers!

Merrill’s comments regarding The Plan

In writing the Plan Album with my brothers, I can say without a doubt that a divine blessing was granted. The spirit that radiated during the writing sessions was strong. The personal revelation, if you will, intensified as the work and continued even after the master draft was destroyed by a fire in Memphis, Tennessee. The desire and determination to complete the Plan was ever present. Each song has a specific meaning that is told in a parable like form…designed to tell a connecting story about the plan of life. I hope and pray that those who desire to know our hearts and testimonies will listen with spiritual ears, and hear with unconditional hearts. The Plan is our gift to those we have loved for eons of time.

Merrill Osmond

Wayne’s comments regarding The Plan

Being involved with writing the Plan album with my brothers was one of the most fulfilling projects I’ve ever been involved with…attempting to encapsulate the most powerful message that could ever be wrought into a presentation of a few songs was both challenging and delightful…….

Wayne Osmond

 

The Plan Lyrics

I have also included the “vignettes” or short snippets of song that come between the pieces on Side One. The lyrics to these “vignettes” are not included on the album’s printed lyrics. Many thanks go to Rick, who passed these on to me and reminded me that to leave these little vignettes out takes away from the overall fabric of the album . ~Polly Weifenbach, Lyrics Editor, Backstage Discography

War In Heaven

Instrumental Track

This piece does have two lines sung: “Let me take care of you, and keep an eye on you…” and “Gonna tame ya, make ya mind…” The first line sung by Alan, the second by Merrill.

Traffic In My Mind

I got traffic in my mind, yeah.
Don’t know which road to follow.
I got traffic in my mind, yeah.
I’m all alone flyin’ solo.
I got questions lookin’ at me,
answers tryin’ to find me.
Everybody telling me what they don’t know.
I got traffic in my mind, yeah.
Don’t know which road to follow.
I see blind men leading blind men,
and telling us how to make it.
I get better answers watching
some little kid trying to fake it.
So tell me who am I?
Why am I here?
Where in heaven’s name am I goin’?
I got traffic in my mind, yeah.
Don’t know which road to follow.
So tell me who am I?
Why am I here?
Where in heaven’s name am I goin’?
I got traffic in my mind, yeah.
Don’t know which road to follow.
Which road should I follow?
Don’t know which road to follow.

Vignette: Don’t Take It Too Easy

Don’t take it too easy…
Don’t take it too easy…
Gonna take you for a ride.
Don’t take it too easy…
A place where nothin’ hides…
Don’t take it too easy…
C’mon and step inside…
Don’t take it too easy…
Gonna take you for a ride…
Don’t take it too easy…
Gonna take you for a ride…
Don’t take it too easy…(fade)

Before The Beginning

Before the beginning, we were living
oh so far away from here.
And we called it home, but didn’t stay.
We knew that we could leave one day
and cry.
Before the beginning, we were willing
to lay aside who we had been.
And take a chance to slip away,
or make it back to home one day.
What for?
Ever since we came to be,
with the plan we learned to see.
We alone would guide our destiny.
In the beginning, we’d be living
as we would be, He once was.
To look at Him, to look at me
and think someday like Him I’ll be.
What more?
Ever since we came to be,
with the plan we learned to see.
We control infinity.
What more?
What more?

Vignette: It’s All Up To You
We are what we were and we’ll be what we do.
We’re all on our own, yes it’s all up to you.
To learn what is false and to do what is true
is what you’ve always wanted to do.

Movie Man

Why did you do it,
you should not make your mother cry.
I’d say you blew it.
Yes, he gave you one more try.
Yet you laugh and you smile,
try to run away.
Don’t you know what you do
you might regret someday?
‘Cause there’s one who has eyes
on your evil ways.
The movie man.
Why did you do it,
you’re in for a big surprise.
(Oh, I never knew it!)
But honey, there’s no tellin’ lies.
You’re in living color,
it’s your picture show.
Even what your thinking
everyone will know.
That’s the day you’ll have to take the stand.
The movie man.
You’re in living color,
it’s your picture show.
Even what you’re thinking
everyone will know.
That’s the day you’ll have to take the stand.
The movie man.

Vignette: I’m Sorry

Please don’t let me see you cry.
Let me say I’m sorry…
so sorry…
oh, yes I’m sorry…

Let Me In

Lovin’ you could be so easy,
lovin’ you could make me warm.
Ever since the day I left you,
I try, but I just can’t get you
out of my mind.
Thought that I could do without you,
thought I had to look around.
But now that I know I need you,
and promise that I’ll never leave you,
won’t you please…
Let me in,
let me in your arms again.
Let me give my love to you once more.
Let me love you, let me love you.
Take me in,
take me in your arms to stay,
and I’ll never go away again.
‘Cause I love you, ’cause I love you.
I’ll never be the same without you,
if I have to say goodbye.
I have no right to ask you,
but if you can, won’t you try to
love me?
(Won’t you try to love me)
Help me?
(I need you so badly)
And let (and let me)…
Let me in,
let me in your arms again.
Let me give my love to you once more.
Oh, ’cause I love you, ’cause I love you.
Oh, take me in,
take me in your arms to stay
and I’ll never go away again.
Oh, ’cause I love you, ’cause I love you.
Oh, let me in
let me in your arms again.
Let me give my love to you once more.
Oh, let me love you, let me love you.
Take me in,
take me in your arms to stay
and I’ll never go away—

One Way Ticket To Anywhere

Hey, hang on, just a little longer.
Hey, come on, be a little stronger.
You can do it, do it, yeah.
Do it, do it yeah.
Do it, do it, yeah.
Yeah.
We’re on a one way ticket to anywhere,
there’s no place we can’t go.
A one way ticket to anywhere
so hold on, baby, don’t let go, no, no.
Hey, you there, drownin’ in the ocean.
Hey, you there, put yourself in motion.
You can do it, do it, yeah.
Do it, do it yeah.
Do it, do it yeah.
Yeah.
You can do it, do it yeah.
Do it, do it yeah.
Do it, do it yeah.
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah.
We’re on a one way ticket to anywhere,
there’s no place we can’t go.
A one way ticket to anywhere,
so hold on, baby, don’t let go, no, no–

Are You Up There?

It could all end tomorrow,
and where would I be?
Does life go on
or will it be the end of me?
Seems a bit unfair
to think that all I’ve learned and done
belongs to no one.
Why should I cherish living
if there’s no so called plan?
Why, I would have no future
if it were left to man.
I can’t believe that we just happened
and don’t know what for.
There must be more.
Why should I trust in a love
that I can’t have forever?
Does it seem right
to live a game of take-away?
Should I want for children
if there isn’t any more for them to live for?
Maybe I’m a pessimist – then
maybe I’m not.
One thing that I’d like to know
is what I’ve got.
I don’t want a miracle
or to see you in the air,
but are you up there?
Are you everywhere?
Do you really care?
Are you up there?

It’s Alright

Last night as I got home,
much to my suprise.
Alright, oh it’s alright.
Looked up, honey, there it was
right before my eyes.
Alright, oh it’s alright.
Came to me like
like the lightning and thunder.
What it was I
still I wonder what it was.
Some day just by chance you’ll see
what I’m tryin’ to say.
Alright, oh it’s alright.
Came to me like
like the lightning and thunder.
What it was I
still I wonder what it was.
Some find, some will never see.
Others throw it away.
Alright, oh it’s alright.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall.
I don’t like your life at all.
How did we ever come to be
the kind of person that I see?
Mister, mister look alike.
Don’t we both want what is right?
I want to change, but can’t you see
you’re the one who’s stopping me?
You can lie and you can cheat.
Step on those who kiss your feet.
Do you think no one will see?
Don’t forget you can’t fool me.

Darlin’

Darlin’, I look into your eyes
and see what words could never tell.
Darliln’ you made me understand
the me I thought I knew so well.
Like an angel sent from up above,
you came and touched my life with love.
Oh, darlin’, I’d love to make you mine
I would.
Darlin’, each time I look at you,
I see a missing part of me.
Darlin’ if you would walk with me,
we’ll step toward eternity.
And when the world is finally through,
I’ll still be ever loving you.
Oh, darlin’, there is no end if I’m with you.
Oh, darlin’, there’s really nothing we can’t do.

The Last Days

Nations take up their battle stations.
Patrons of zodiac revelations.
Lustations breaking family relations.
Litigation allowing shoot-up sensations.
That’s what they said
some day it would be.
Now just look around,
if that’s what we see…
It’s gotta be the last days.
Gotta be the last days.
People living lives of confusion.
Millions caught up in revolution.
Cities lost in their own pollution.
Question what is the constitution?
That’s what they said
some day it would be.
Now just look around,
if that’s what we see…
It’s gotta be the last days.
It’s gotta be the last days..

Goin’ Home

I’m a track star, gotta run far,
and I’m ready to go.
It’s a long, long road and I gotta make it on my own.
Everybody’s gainin’ on me,
tryin’ to slow me down.
But if I’m gonna make it,
gotta fight, fight, fight all day,
and night, and day alright!
Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
I gotta make it, gonna make it alright.
Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
If it takes me the rest of my life.
I’m a space man, from a different land,
I gotta get back home.
I’ve been gone so long
that I’m feelin’ like a useless man.
Everybody’s lookin’ at me
tryin’ to help me down.
I gotta fight, fight, fight
even though it takes another day
and night and day alright!
Oh my, why, why
is it either win or lose?
Some how, some day
I’ll never ever have to go away.
Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
I gotta make it, gonna make it alright.
Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
if it takes me the rest of my life.

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The fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, designed to bring about man’s immortality and eternal life. It includes the Creation, Fall, and Atonement, along with all God-given laws, ordinances, and doctrines. This plan makes it possible for all people to be exalted and live forever with God. 2 Ne. 29

The scriptures also refer to this plan as the plan of salvation, the plan of happiness, and the plan of mercy.

Alan Osmond
For The Family


 

Sutherland Institute Honors Alan & Suzanne Osmond With Family Award

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Suzanne and I are so happy to have so many of you here to watch, read and listen to those things we share to hopefully help ‘Strengthen The Family’ and to have a little fun together.  We hear you and your comments have an ear and a heart for those of you who are trying ever so hard like us, to keep the family first in your lives with a knowledge and commitment to God’s Plan of Life in your hearts.  We are all God’s Children.  We came here to learn and to make good choices.  Jesus came to help us when we make the wrong choices.

We are also God’s “Work and His Glory”.  Let us try to remember those things that we promised our Heavenly Parents when we left Heaven and came to earth to get a body and to learn those things that we must know in order to progress forward in man’s search of happiness.  And, may we bless our Heavenly Parents by returning home once again with a successful life with our marriages and our families secure and in tact so that we may glorify them by our works.  If we need some help and improvement, as we all do, we hope that you might find something here at TheFamily.com to motivate you or interest you with what ever it is, that it might bless you and your families.

This is Suzanne’s and my mission statement to Strengthen the Family.  At such a time as this, our families are being challenged and our children face major tests in this life with those things that oppose and weaken or even break up the family.  We must be there for them as parents and siblings and realize that we each have the power and the freedom to choose.  Let’s choose well and our families will be together forever!

God is watching over us, which reminds me of this song I wrote,  “Are You Up There”…

It could all end tomorrow.  Where would I be?
Does life go on or will it be the end of me?
Seems a bit unfair to think that all I’ve learned and done
Belongs to no one!

Why should I cherish living . . if there’s no so called ‘Plan’
Why, I would have no future if it were left to man.
I can’t believe that we just happened and don’t know what for
There must be more.

Why should I trust in a love . . that I can’t have forever
Does it seem right to play a game of take away?
Should I want for children if there isn’t any more
For them to live for?

Maybe I’m a pesimist then, maybe I’m not
One thing that I like to know is what I’ve got
I don’t want a miracle or to see you in the air. . .
But, Are you Up There?  Are you Everywhere?
Do You Really Care?
Are You Up There?

Alan & Suzanne Osmond
For The Family

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There Are More Stars Than All The Grains Of Sand On Earth.

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“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.” Hosea 1: 10

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the family“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.’  Gen. 15: 5

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In the premortal existence, Heavenly Father prepared a plan to enable us to become like Him and receive a fulness of joy. The scriptures refer to this plan as “the plan of salvation” (Alma 24: 14Moses 6: 62), “the great plan of happiness” (Alma 42: 8), “the plan of redemption” (Jacob 6: 8; Alma 12: 30, and “the plan of mercy” (Alma 42: 15). The plan of salvation is the fulness of the gospel. It includes the Creation, the Fall, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and all the laws, ordinances, and doctrines of the gospel. Moral agency, the ability to choose and act for ourselves, is also essential in Heavenly Father’s plan. Because of this plan, we can be perfected through the Atonement, receive a fulness of joy, and live forever in the presence of God. Our family relationships can last throughout the eternities.

“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.”  Gen. 22: 17

One of life’s great questions is “Who am I?” A beloved Primary song helps even little children answer this question. We sing, “I am a child of God, and he has sent me here.” The knowledge that we are children of God provides strength, comfort, and hope.

We are all literally children of God, spiritually begotten in the premortal life. As His children, we can be assured that we have divine, eternal potential and that He will help us in our sincere efforts to reach that potential.

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“Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.

Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your cwelfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.  Alma 34: 17-27

Kirk Matson
For The Family

After This Great Life, We’re All “Goin’ Home”.

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the familyHere is a video of a song from The Plan Album written and performed by me and my brothers. The Osmonds.

Please listen to the lyrics as there is ‘Peace’ in knowing that we ALL will live again and will be “Goin’ Home” to our Heavenly Parents once we have finished our purpose here on earth.

Goin’ Home

I’m a track star, gotta run far,
and I’m ready to go.
It’s a long, long road and I gotta make it on my own.
Everybody’s gainin’ on me,
tryin’ to slow me down.
But if I’m gonna make it,
gotta fight, fight, fight all day,
and night, and day alright!

Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
I gotta make it, gonna make it alright.
Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
If it takes me the rest of my life.

I’m a space man, from a different land,
I gotta get back home.
I’ve been gone so long
that I’m feelin’ like a useless man.
Everybody’s lookin’ at me
tryin’ to help me down.
I gotta fight, fight, fight
even though it takes another day
and night and day alright!

Oh my, why, why
is it either win or lose?
Some how, some day
I’ll never ever have to go away.

Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
I gotta make it, gonna make it alright.
Goin’ home, goin’ home, goin’ home
if it takes me the rest of my life.

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What we chose in our pre-existent life, determined where we are today.

What we choose in this life, will determine to which mansion and kindom in Heaven we will go.

“Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” 2 Ne. 10: 23

Alan Osmond
For The Family

Our Hearts And Prayers Go Out To Those In Japan.

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the familyAre you prepared fot a Tsunami or any other natural catastrophy?

What would you do if this was you and your family?

Are you prepared to meet your maker?

Let’s all say a prayer for those families that were lost in this Tsunami and yet know that they are NOT forgotten by the Lord, Jesus Christ.  He lives and there IS a Plan of Salvation, A Plan of Life!  There is something better!  God IS and we are His children! This life is but a stepping stone to eternity. May we all choose well, I pray.

May we find understanding in our hearts and do those things that secure the highest mansions in the heavens beyond.

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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Pet. 3: 15

Tom Osmond
For The Family

Marriage Is A Covenant With God To Become Creators Of Life.

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The Product Of Marriage Is The Family!  God’s Plan Of Life.

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We Believe that the Family Is Ordained of God between a man and a woman and that “The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”).

The proclamation, a modern-day revelation, can encourage us to remember and explain what we believe.  It was then and is now a clarion call to protect and strengthen families and a stern warning in a world where declining values and misplaced priorities threaten to destroy society by undermining its basic unit.

The proclamation’s clear and simple language stands in stark contrast to the confused and convoluted notions of a society that cannot even agree on a definition of family, let alone supply the help and support parents and families need. You are familiar with such words from the proclamation as these:

  • “Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.”
  • “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”
  • “Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children.”
  • “Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.”
  • “The disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”

Does this make you think about why we are having so many calamities in our world today?  Can you see that we need to rescue The Family?

The family unit is fundamental not only to society and to the Church but also to our hope for eternal life.

We live in a day when there are people who want to lead us away from following Heavenly Father’s plan. One of the most important parts of that plan is that of having and belonging to families.  When war and disasters occur like 911, or even now in these days of  revolutions where many lives are being taken, stories and situations are tragic and poignant in many ways, but in all that we hear that touch the heart the most are the crying out for family: “Where is my mother?” “I can’t find my son.” “I’ve lost a sister.” These are hungry, frightened people who had lost everything and needed food, medical attention, and help of all kinds, but what they wanted and needed most was their families.

I believe the mission statement for mortality is to become like out heavenly parents and “to build an eternal family.” Here, in this life, on this earth, we strive to become part of God’s extended families with the ability to create and form our own part of those families. That is one of the reasons our Heavenly Father sent us here. Not everyone will find a companion and have a family in mortality, but everyone, regardless of individual circumstances, is a precious member of God’s family.

Marriage is a contract sealed on earth as well as in heaven.  When the promises and vows that are made in marriage are broken, they become as sins. The process of conceiving life isn’t secret; it is sacred and serious as it involves God’s spirit children who if not aborted, come down from heaven to dwell in those physical bodies.  Fulfilling God’s commandment to “multiply and replenish the earth that you might have joy”, has eternal blessings and consequences!

We are children of God and are in the process of becoming more like Him.

Everything was created spiritually before it was created physically.  God has a physical body and He desires all of His spirit children to progress and to have the opportunity to get a physical body and be married to an eternal partner for time and for all eternity in the House of the Lord, or Temple.  It is then and only then when the husband and wife should become creators of life and become just as He is.

Yes, like father like son.  Like mother like daughter.  “Truth is reason, truth eternal, tells me I’ve a Mother there!”  We don’t know as much about our Heavenly Mother as we do about God, our Father, but I am sure that it is because she is so sacred that our Heavenly Father does not want her name to be taken in vain as is His.

Oh, I pray that we might remember or gain a glimpse in our hearts of our pre-existence lives before we came here and the promises that we made to follow Jesus, the God of this world, and continue to choose ‘The Way’ of eternal life that we might claim all that God has and dwell with him with our eternal families in the highest mansions in the heavens above.

Jesus will return again soon to live with us and to rule and reign for a thousand years with us on earth.  Then, will come the judgement day where we all will remember everything we have done and be judged according to our works; realizing the results of our test of life and those choices we freely made in this world.

God has told us that “all that I have is thine”.  May we live worthy enough to be able to receive the fullness of His blessings.  Which ever kingdom we may deserve, we will be happy.  To only be able to live lesser laws will restrict us from entering a higher kingdom and blessings.  Eternal marriage is in the highest.  Oh what joy it will be if we can be all that we can become and to live as immortal beings with eternal life… as we are “God’s work and His Glory”.

Marriage and Divorce.

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In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles proclaim that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.” When a man and woman are married in the temple, their family can be together forever. This is a common goal of Latter-day Saints.

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When men and women marry, they make solemn covenants with each other and with God. Every effort should be made to keep these covenants and preserve marriage. When divorce occurs, individuals have the obligation to forgive rather than to condemn, to lift and to help.

The sanctity of marriage and families is taught repeatedly in the scriptures. It has been reaffirmed by modern prophets and apostles. Despite the truths taught about the sanctity of marriage, divorce has become commonplace in the world. Because the family is central to Heavenly Father’s plan for His children, Satan seeks to destroy marriages and families. Because of the poor choices and selfishness of one or both marriage partners, marriages sometimes end in contention, separation, and divorce.

If, instead of resorting to divorce, each individual will seek the comfort and well-being of his or her spouse, couples will grow in love and unity.  The gospel of Jesus Christ—including repentance, forgiveness, integrity, and love—provides the remedy for conflict in marriage.

Those who have caused a divorce through their own poor choices can repent and be forgiven. Those whose marriages have failed because of what others have done can receive strength and comfort from the Lord, who promised: ”Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. . . . For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11:28, 30).