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Hi I'm Percy

I'm a Dutch convert, blessed husband and father, business manager, genealogist and writer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family lives in the south of the Netherlands, near the Belgian border. My wife and I have two daughters and a son. I’m a convert of the Church since I was 15 and have been an active member ever since. My wife was born in the Church and is a third generation Mormon, both of her grandmothers being converts. By profession I’m a business manager, working for a wholesale company that imports from several European countries. I am quadrilingual. Besides Dutch I also speak English and German fluently and French fairly. In my spare time I love to read, write, and research my family history. I’m also fond of history, culture and music, and interested in Egyptology and politics.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, I was not raised in a religious household. My father died after a car accident when I was 10 years old. My mother, although raised in the Dutch Reformed Church, sympathised with humanism, believing in the good of people and treating others with respect and honesty. Unfamiliar with Mormons, we initially confused them with Amish. When missionaries knocked on our door in 1978 my mother invited them in, curious about their views. Soon she started to attend their Sunday meetings. She was pleasantly surprised at the genuine friendliness of the members. Shortly thereafter I also joined in on the discussions and started to attend Church meetings. During the four months that followed we extensively discussed the things we heard and read. Some teachings were completely new to us, yet made so much sense and strangely enough sounded so familiar. For instance, the apparent apostasy from the truth after the passing away of the Lord and his apostles and the need for a heavenly restoration in stead of a well intended man-initiated reformation. Or the logic of a pre-mortal existence since I already had always believed in a continuation of life after death. And last but not least, that God is not an incomprehensible Being, but literally our heavenly Father with a clear plan for the happiness of his children. Most surprisingly, the missionaries promised us that God would back up their teachings if we would study and ponder, and ask God directly for a confirmation, which he did. I have been a member of the Church most of my life now. Not only has my testimony been confirmed by the Lord’s Spirit time after time, but I have also experienced and observed that living the principles of the Gospel brings true happiness and provides all of life’s answers.

How I live my faith

I love our thirteenth Article of Faith which states: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” To me it reflects the sound and optimistic view of life that comes when someone understands Gods eternal plan and lives accordingly.