Sunday, July 19, 2009

Interfaith Fireside at the Ogden Tabernacle 7-19-09

Alan Osmond, Suzanne Osmond, and some of their sons spoke and sang at an interfaith fireside at the Ogden Tabernacle next to the Ogden temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Alan's sons perform as The Osmonds Second Generation.

A Methodist minister gave the opening prayer. She unfolded a piece of paper and laid it out in front of her before she started and it sounded like she was reading it. It was strange to me since we do not prepare and read prayers. The only thing close we have is the sacrament prayer and that is the same every time.

Another thing that was strange was the clapping after songs and the calling out from the audience. I'm use to church meetings being held in that meeting where clapping and audience participation is inappropriate.

David Osmond - Talked about that we sometimes sing the hymns in the hymn book and forget to listen to the words and meaning and truth contained in them. He then sang "How Great Thou Art".

Alan Osmond - He said that success is spelled W O R K.

He talked of having bunk beds and Donnie bouncing from bunk to bunk to bunk.

He also shared some about his deaf older brothers from when they were kids. He said that he taught them sign language and that came in very useful in the recording industry. He said they were all able to communicate with each other even when they were recording by using sign language.

He said that the two things that his parents heard most often were either that the kids were good, but not that good or that they shouldn't put them in a business with all those fast women and such.

When they were looking to move to California the prophet told them always choose that which will bring you closer to your Father in Heaven.

They set up a studio in Utah when the Donny and Marie show was picked up by ABC for a second season.

He talked about how heavily he has relied on Jesus to keep him going through MS and he has gotten some of his functionality of his body back.

David sang and Alex played the guitar and on "I No That My Redeemer Lives"

Suzanne Osman - She and Alan didn't see each other their entire engagement, because he was performing in Vegas. She announced at a family reunion that they were engaged and her grandma informed her that they were cousins. It was second step cousins, so grandma said it was okay.

She talked about all the interesting stories she knows about her ancestors and the only reason she knows is because someone wrote them down.

Another son spoke, but I did not catch his name. He talked about how when they were younger they did not think their dad was cool. One day they were at some event and saw Steven Tyler standing near by. Steven then turned and saw their dad and called out, "Alan". They then realized that Steven Tyler knew their dad and thought he was cool.

That son, David, and I think David's wife sang "Listen to His Heart Beat".

David spoke some more. He stated that pain is part of life, but suffering is optional. If you are going through hard times it will change. If you are going through good times, it will change.

David also spoke a little about his experience on American Idol.

He shared some scriptures.

  1. 32 For behold, this alife is the time for men to bprepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of cthis life is the day for men to perform their dlabors.
  2. Helaman 5:6-7
    6 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first aparents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were bgood.
    7 Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them.
He talked fo President Thomas S. Monson speaking at his grandfather's funeral. I didn't catch the quote exactly, but he said that President Monson said something like this, 'This life was a great example. What are you going to do with it?"

David went on to talk about having the name of Osmond, which was his grandpa's name and what there was to live up to with that. He also said that when he was eight years old he took on another name as well. When he was baptized he took on the name of the savior.

He said that people often times say, "I know exactly how you feel." He said that there is some who really does always know exactly how we feel. The Jesus has literally taken on our sins and our pains and our afflictions. He knows exactly what we feel like.

He sang "He Walked a Mile in My Shoes from the CD on Joseph Smith that he did with a guy from Diamond Rio.

He talked a little bit of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis like his father.

He quoted Dr. Seuss, “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

He also quoted Socrates, "If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart."

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