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Hi I'm Ariel Duris

I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I now live in Denver, Colorado. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Argentina. I came to the US in 1993 as an exchange student. My parents moved to the US while I was finishing that program, so the US became my new home. I went to BYU where I graduated with a BS degree in finance. I served a mission for the church in 1995-1997. I served in the Bay Area in what is called the Oakland Mission. When I came back from my mission, I finished school and got married the day after finals. Six months later we moved to Chicago to start my new job. I am still with the same company but now live in Colorado. I am a commerical insurance broker. I still play lots of soccer, which is what I love doing. After a knee surgery, I got into mountain biking as part of my rehabilitation. I love biking now and do it often. I have three kids. One girl (7), and two boys (5 and 2). They keep us very busy but we enjoy spending time with them. I also like travelling. I get to do that a lot with work, going to places like NY, Bermuda, the Netherlands, etc. We love living in Colorado and enjoying the outdoors. Our kids enjoy it too.

Why I am a Mormon

We joined the church in 1992. The first time we got to talk to missonaries was in 1989, in Argentina. My mom invited the missionaries in and they started teaching our family. Even though we had never been to a church before on a regular basis, we got to go to a few of the services on Sunday and we really enjoyed it. Mostly, we felt we had found people that felt and thought the way we did regarding many things. After a few years of going back and forth with missionaries and getting answers to our questions (and we had a lot of them), we decided to join the church. My father was baptized on a Saturday and he, in turn, got to baptize the rest of the family (6 more) on Sunday. It was a great service. Ultimately, we joined the church because we knew very early on that it was true. Not only we were convinced about this from a doctrinal perspective, but we also got to see the gospel in action through the members of the church. The transition was fairly easy for us. We really felt at home and comfortable. The entire family remains strong and active and stays in touch with the missionaries and members we first met back in 1989.

How I live my faith

With my own family,  we are now part of the Park Meadows ward were we serve actively. I am the Elders Quorum President and has been for the past 5 1/2 years. My wife is in the Primary Presidency, which keeps her very busy. My oldest kids are in Primary as well and they seem to enjoy it very much. Our youngest is in nursery and, even though he had a hard time letting go at the beginning, he seems to love going to play with his new friends. We are also hometeachers and visiting teachers in our ward and enjoy serving the families we have been entrusted with. This has allowed us to make many friends and to help many over the years. All these callings in the church allow us to stay busy and connected to all the members of our ward and to teach our children a little about service. For example, one of the things I get to do as an Elders Quorum President is to organize clean up events for our chapel. Our kids get to go with us and get to help with the cleaning from a very early age. They actually look forward to doing things like that. We really enjoy being active and busy and we also enjoy seeing the Gospel in action.