Queen Beatrix and Consort Prince Claus of the Netherlands, one-

time members of the Dutch Reformed Church: Welcome to the

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to recently

uncovered Mormon Church records, Claus and perhaps Beatrix

have been baptized as Mormons – even if they are deceased.



Mormons Perform ‘After-Death’ Baptisms on Dutch Royals (Trouw, The Netherlands)


“Several members of the Dutch royal family have been made members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - after their deaths. ... Church spokesman Hans Boom says he can’t imagine why there would be objections to posthumous baptism. ‘It is a gesture of love.’”


By Robin Weaver


Translated By Marion Pini


May 8, 2012


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Several members of the Dutch royal family have been made members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - after their deaths. In order to do this, members of the church (better known as Mormons) have performed substitute baptisms for Prince Claus, Prince Bernhard and Princess Juliana, among others.


This is evident from non-public information gleaned from the genealogical database of the global church, which Trouw has come into possession of.


The Mormons have a controversial custom, whereby in place of an ancestor who did not undergo the procedure while alive, church members can immerse themselves [in holy water]. This way, the ancestor, who has been identified by genealogical research, can still enter heaven.


The Mormons rely not only on the Bible, but on more recent revelations. In the first half of the nineteenth century, American founder Joseph Smith is said to have received these revelations directly from God.


In the United States, the church can count a good deal of media interest. The Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, has long been an active member of the church. According to its own records, the Dutch branch has 8,900.


The church works with the provinces


The Mormons use civil registry archives to obtain genealogical information. The church has offered to scan all documents in every provincial archive in the Netherlands at no charge. For the archives, which want to digitize and make available their collections, this is an attractive offer.



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But not all regional historical centers want to cooperate with the goals of the Mormons: expanding their genealogical database, in order to posthumously baptize more and more citizens. For instance, the Gelders Archive allows church members to scan documents, but the Utrecht Archive does not. The Overijssel Archive is still undecided.


Under to the rules of the church, Mormons may only “substitute baptize” their own ancestors. But not all church members adhere to that rule. Reports of baptisms of Holocaust victims like Anne Frank caused outrage among Jewish circles.




It now appears that members of the Dutch royal family have also been baptized in this manner. The baptism of Prince Claus took place at a Mormon temple in the Brazilian city of Campinas in August 2004 (two years after his death). Hans Boom, spokesman for the Mormon Church in the Netherlands, suspects that this was done by “overly enthusiastic” members.



Boom says he doesn’t know why his fellow believers have such an interest in the Dutch royal family. This might be traced back to the Mormon theological view that "the noble and the great" will be chosen to take on leadership roles or become "rulers in the Church of God."


The Dutch government information service, RVD, will not respond to questions about the baptismal activity of the Mormon Church. But church spokesman Boom says he can’t imagine why there would be objections to posthumous baptism. “It is a gesture of love.”




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