THE OSMOND FAMILY
Melvin Wayne Osmond married Kathlyn Louise White on 13 DEC 1974
|On 13 September 2012, Wayne wrote on Facebook "Many people have
asked if I am going to be in Branson this fall.
Because of health issues, I have completely retired and won't be appearing or performing with my family anymore.
I am enjoying my retirement and love reminiscing while Kathy types my memories on Wonky Donkey's Blog.
Hope you'll join me there and sign up as a follower so I can read your comments.
Remember wherever you go, there you are!"
Enjoy you deserved retirement Wayne!
They have 5 children
Wayne, Kathy and family
With grand children
|Name||Date of Birth||Any other information|
|Amy Kathlyn Osmond||26 NOV 1976|| Married Lucas Gardner Bingham in 1998 (DIV
Married Jeff Cook in 2005
|Steven Wayne Osmond||6 SEP 1978||Married Anneli Peterson in 2000|
|Gregory William Osmond||19 JAN 1981||Married Kaylynn McConkie in 2006|
|Sarah Elizabeth Osmond||20 SEP 1982||Married Adam Hilton in 2005|
|Michelle Jennifer Osmond||30 AUG 1986||Married Joseph Erickson in 2009
They have four children
|Name||Date of Birth||Any other information|
|Aili Osmond||10 OCT 2001||None|
|Paul Steven Osmond||20 MAR 2003||None|
|Elyssa Osmond||FEB 2006||None|
|William Osmond||14 APR 2009||None|
Anneli pictured with her husband, Steve and their children,
from left to right: Paul, 12; Elyssa, 8; William, 6; Aili, 13
|Anneli Osmond grew up the oldest of seven children
in Rigby, Idaho. The desire to be a mom came from helping her parents
with her younger brothers and sisters. “I wasn’t in a hurry because of
all the babysitting I did, but I always wanted to be a full-time mom,”
Her parents, Mark and Shelly Peterson, have always been inspirations to her. “My beautiful mom has inspired me in every way. Anything I do well is because of her example and love.”
As a young adult, she was able to travel to Ecuador and China. Those trips had a big impact on the rest of her life. A defining moment was when she was sightseeing. “I heard a young man next to me tell someone he was searching for truth. I remember wishing that I had a Book of Mormon with me and that I knew how to share it,” she said. Three months later, she was at the missionary training center in Provo, Utah, ready to leave for a mission in Edinburgh, Scotland.
After completing her mission, she went to Brigham Young University. She soon met up with a friend she met when she was in the MTC, Steve Osmond, son of Wayne and Kathy Osmond. It wasn’t long before the two began dating. In 2000, they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Then a year later, Sister Osmond graduated with a degree in audiology and speech language pathology.
Studying to be a dentist, her husband’s education path took them to Nebraska, Idaho and finally to Richmond, Virginia, where he studied endodontics. He was very busy with school and Church callings and sometimes, Sister Osmond was left to entertain their three children alone in this unfamiliar city. “I remember thinking, if I want to have friends, have fun and make memories with my children, then I can’t wait for Steve to come with us. I need to be brave and adventurous and get out of the house, even if I get lost trying. So I pushed my little ones out the door almost everyday.”
After leaving Virginia they moved to Provo, Utah, where her husband joined an endodontic practice. Two years later, they felt strongly that they needed to be somewhere else. “We prayed together and told Heavenly Father we were willing to go anywhere. Within a couple of months, we were moving to Bismarck. We absolutely love North Dakota.”
Now with four children ages six to 13, Sister Osmond is especially grateful for the gospel to guide her in the journey through motherhood. “I know that the Lord helps me get through every single day. Being a mom is tough. I rarely feel like I have everything balanced and complete, and too often I go to bed thinking I was unsuccessful at a lot of ‘mom stuff’; but He blesses me with sweet moments that keep me going,” she said.
She enjoys seeing the love her children have for each other and is grateful that they get along so well. “We have to tell them to stop being so silly and happy more than we have to tell them to stop arguing. They are really good to each other and rarely do they not get along, it’s the truth and Heavenly Father sent them that way,” she said.
Earlier this year, American Mothers Inc. named Sister Osmond the North Dakota Young Mother of the Year. She was grateful to be inducted into an organization that praises motherhood. “Joining American Mothers and being called Young Mother of the Year wasn’t comfortable to do. I almost didn’t move forward with it because I know I am not the best mom … but it’s not the title of ‘best mom.’ It’s an honor for motherhood and the difference moms can make at home, in the community and in the world. I will always be willing to stand for motherhood and pay tribute to all hard-working moms out there,” she said.