Hi I'm Nicolas
French living in Australia, business owner, community developer, father of 3 and married to the love of my life. I'm a Mormon!
I'm a French man living in Australia since 2001, I was naturalised here in 2003. I completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology while teaching myself computing. I now own and operate a business analysis and web development company, specialising in assisting small and medium Australian businesses with their internal operations through IT solutions. I'm the very proud father of 3 beautiful children, who came to us late in our marriage but are keeping us on our toes every minute of every day (and night!). I am passionate about community development, and nurturing deep, meaningful relationships with members of our local communities. I have initiated and now facilitate a large community of homeschooled children who play with their parents on a Minecraft server. My wife and I homeschool our children, following a natural learning philosophy that recognises every child's natural curiosity and drive to master the world around them. We guide them and provide them with the resources they need (within reason!) to fully explore their areas of interest. I enjoy photography, sports (badminton and table tennis particularly), baking, music (singing, playing the piano, composition etc.), computer technology, painting, and many other hobbies to which I have little time to devote, but that I enjoy occasionally.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents met the Mormon missionaries and joined the Church shortly after they were married. I was born shortly after they were married for eternity in the Switzerland temple. I was brought up with Mormon principles and values, and to this day I have tried my best to live up to these values. However, the main reason why I am still a Mormon after all this time is not because I know nothing else, or because I haven't questioned my beliefs. The reason is because I have put them to the test time after time, and I have gradually grown in confidence that they are true and valuable. My experience has been that things work out for the best when I follow the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I have found these teachings in their purest form in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I also find great safety in the Church. Not just safety from physical problems, but especially from emotional and spiritual harm. The principles and commandments may seem restrictive at times, but with a bit of hindsight and a touch of humility and wisdom I occasionally understand how they protect me from most of the eroding and destructive influences that characterise contemporary society. The Church is also a place where like-minded people meet, and I feel at home when I attend Church meetings, especially the Temple. It's fantastic to know that other people who are complete strangers to me can be trusted because they share the same values and principles, although I do maintain a small but healthy degree of self-preserving vigilance.
How I live my faith
Being a Mormon includes going to Church, but it's also much more than that, if you want it to be. Every member can receive responsibilities if they are willing to accept them. In my many years in the Church I have received many different assignments, including leadership positions, working with the youth or helping with the work of sharing the Gospel. All these responsibilities have included teaching others, which is wonderful because I enjoy teaching so much. To me, the most important way in which I live my faith is through building meaningful, deep and loving relationships with everyone I meet, especially those who are, at first, more difficult to love. I believe that this is why we're here on earth, and that nothing is more valuable or long-lasting than the relationships we build. I work hard at overcoming the prejudices that came with my culture and upbringing, and seeing everyone as a child of God, just as I am. I don't need to have an official Church assignment to do this, my home is open to all and so is my heart. My goal is to make everyone I come in contact with feel welcomed, respected and appreciated.