In December of 2020, my wife Monic and I were invited to preside over the Belgium/Netherlands Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More info.
This means that I’ll be taking a sabbatical from the day to day world of running my consultancy business from the summer of 2021 to the summer of 2024. Let me explain a little further about why I am doing this.
My parents were converts to the church in the early 1960’s. I have always been a member and was fortunate to serve as a young missionary between 1983 and 1985 in London. After returning home, I studied for a few years at University in Edinburgh. Then in the early 1990’s a young missionary from the Netherlands came to Scotland to serve for 18 months. A few years later in 1994 we were married and subsequently lived in the Netherlands for a year.
Returning to Scotland in 1995, I finished my studies, then 3 children, careers and a few different homes followed. I am so very grateful for the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ that have come into our lives.
Why do I choose to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an organised religion? It is because every single day, the church helps me understand a little more and practice the essence of true Christianity.
One of the key practices of the church is that is has a lay clergy, just exactly as Christ taught. Through our lives, both my wife and I have had frequent opportunities to minister to many others through different assignments given us to serve.