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In October 2018, the four original Osmond brothers—Alan, Jay, Merrill, and Wayne—came together with Marie at an interfaith devotional in Hawaii. This event came in the midst of a series of health crises the Osmond family has experienced this past year, which Marie spoke to People about.
Have you ever needed to see a doctor, but when you call the office no one answers? You hear the automated message that says, “If this is an emergency, please hang up and dial 911.” This doesn’t just happen when we are physically ill. If you are reading this and find yourself in the middle of a great spiritual tailspin—that dark night of the soul, the notorious faith crisis—you may indeed feel like this is an emergency. What you’re experiencing is real and probably terrifying, or at least, at times, anxiety-ridden. It can be disorienting and exhausting, but I want you to know that things will be okay. Trust me, I’m a doctor (it’s true, I’m a literal doctor).
In a religion that so constantly emphasizes “knowing”, being faced with the struggle of even believing can be heart-wrenching. We are told in Luke 22 that when we are converted, we should strengthen others. But sometimes we do a crappy job of that, due to misunderstandings and a lack of compassion. Here are things we need to all keep in mind when trying to help someone going through a faith crisis.
The Book of Mormon, the Tony-award winning musical, is currently playing in my hometown in Orange County. It tells the story of two white, clean-cut Mormon missionaries who are called to serve in the most unlikely and foreign of places: Uganda. Naïve and inexperienced, the elders undergo various mishaps, misunderstandings and crises of identity & faith, all while learning what life outside “the bubble” is really like. The portrayal of missionaries in the show has been described by one Mormon scholar as a “fun-house mirror” – rather than an accurate reflection, it aims for one that is entertaining.
Latter-day Saint singer Marie Osmond is asking for prayers for her newborn granddaughter.
“What we really care about is helping people spiritually, emotionally and physically recover and build their societies back.”
“There’s a pretty key difference between a healthy striving toward trying to become like our Savior, realizing that the only way to do that is to yoke ourselves to Christ through covenants, and thinking that you need to become perfect on your own,” BYU associate psychology professor Scott R. Braithwaite said.
Addressing an audience at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, England, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), governments and faith groups to refocus their efforts in responding to the personal and family crises suffered by refugees and internally displaced people.
What raw but powerful insights into why we suffer and how that shows us God loves us.