Hi I'm Matthieu
I'm an avid rock & ice climber, a risk management consultant, a husband and a father. And I'm a Mormon.
Family : I married the girl of my dreams and we have been blessed with a larger-than-life relationship since we met. This relationship is probably what defines me the best, just next to my relationship with God. It certainly is what I value the most. We are the happy parents of three children, ranging from five to ten. We love being with them, carefully watching their progress, complimenting them for their budding yet evident talents or playing silly but relationship-building games with them. They seem to have inherited a spark of divinity, well, at least so it seems, most of the times... Work: I am a partner with a boutique consulting firm. I have been working as a consultant for twelve years, helping companies design their risk management strategy, implement an information security management system or build a business continuity plan. It sounds aweful but I quite like it and it is a lot better than it sounds! I enjoy helping all sorts of useful organizations, from the major blue chip companies to the small local industry and everything in between. I gained some recognition and broader business exposure by writing an award-winning book on business continuity planning a few years ago. On the side: - Fulfilling a childhood dream, I passed my Mountain Leader certification in 2009 and enjoy rock and ice climbing, mountain hiking and skiing. Being in the mountains gives me a sense of personal liberty, soothes me from the sores our modern way of life invariably seems to carry with it and connects me with the divine part that Nature always seems to reveal in Man. - I delight in writing poetry, short stories, a personal journal, essays and all sorts things that help me settle the thinking whirlwind that all too often swirls within my head. - I also lecture in two universities about risk management, drawing from my mountain experiences to provide insight for the business world. To me, sharing experience with avid learners is one of the most rewarding experience there is.
Why I am a Mormon
I chose to be a Mormon because I believe the tenets and credos of the Mormon church represent the mind and will of God and I believe the church to be exactly what its name suggests, that is the Church of Jesus-Christ. I believe that the man the Mormons regard as a prophet is indeed God's mouthpiece on earth. I chose to be a Mormon even though I live in a country where this religion still suffers from some misconceptions and misunderstanding form the public opinion. My parents grew up in a different church and chose to join the Mormon church after careful investigation and spiritual confirmation. I thank them for passing on to me the teachings they had adhered to. Yet they could not pass on their personal conviction and beliefs. On the basis they provided, I built my own opinion and sought for my own spiritual confirmation.
How I live my faith
Being a mormon is so much more than a Sunday hobby to me. It is even more than a way of life. It seems woven into every aspect of the fabric that makes my life's tapestry, inseparably intertwined with its every fiber. Yet I am very open to other religions. A lot of my friends are from other religions or are atheists and it is inspiring to share our thoughts and beliefs. Within my church service, I try to spend a lot of time with the youth, especially for climbing, hiking, or trying to prepare them for tomorrow's challenges. Being a mormon also involves for me taking care of one another, reaching out for those in need, building lasting relationships and weaving all these into daily habits (along with prayer or reading holy writs), . I am very open about my religious beliefs even though I live in a country where religion is regarded as a very private subject. I try not to be intrusive but I have found out that most people are quite curious about what makes you who you are, especially religionwise.