Moments: Family's Focus
article, Deseret News newspaper, December 11, 2010
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decades the Osmonds have sung and performed for people around the world.
In July 2008, all nine siblings of the famous Osmond family Virl,
Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy performed
together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during two evenings of Pioneer
Day celebrations in the LDS Conference Center. However, even when performing
in different parts of the world, this large family has always taken time
to focus on families, including trying to locate distant cousins and performing
temple work for their deceased ancestors and relatives.
Osmonds' love of family history and temple work was instilled in them
when they were young. Their parents, George and Olive Osmond, contributed
countless hours toward genealogy and temple work, and involved their children
in this "eternal work" as much as possible. As the mother of
the world-famous singing family, Olive Osmond was constantly on the go.
Yet, wherever she went she was continually answering and sending family
history letters, compiling and directing genealogical research work, devising
and suggesting new ways to enter family data into computer programs, and
constantly encouraging relatives and her worldwide audience to become
more involved in genealogy and family history.
Alan Osmond has said, "My mother taught her children how to do family
research, and we published our family history in several magazines and
on various websites." In 2008 the Osmonds traveled around the world
on their 50th Anniversary World Tour, and according to Alan, "We
would greet the audiences from the stage as, 'Hi, Cousin! How Are We Related?'"
Osmond has likewise stated, "I inherited the love of genealogy from
my mother and have fond memories of doing research with her and sharing
our 'finds' together. I know that my mother has now been united with those
ancestors she became familiar with while doing her genealogy work."
Donny supports a worldwide Osmond Research and Extraction Project, while
Alan oversees Osmond-related temple work and maintains a family history
website, [www.osmondfamily.org]. And recently, Jimmy Osmond while
performing in England took the time to dedicate the grave of his
great-great-grandfather, George Osmond Sr.
it can be said that the dedication of the Osmond siblings to family history
and temple work started when they were very young, for they were taught
by their parents the importance and blessings that come from being involved
in such "eternal work."
----- [Written by] Clayton
and Ethel Brough, Osmond family history representatives, West Jordan,
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