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Hi I'm Aaron Gifford

I'm a Wall Street investment analyst focusing on Latin America. I enjoy family, politics, sports, and art. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In April 2012, I became the first in my family to graduate from college. After graduating from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate degree in finance, I received a job with a global investment bank in New York City where I'm an investment analyst focusing on Latin American financial markets. I'm currently married with two girls and a baby boy and enjoy spending time with them and my wife as often as I can. Aside from being at work and spending time with family, I enjoy reading, following international affairs and global politics, and playing soccer or volleyball with friends. From 2006 to 2008, I was a missionary for my church based in the Northwest of Argentina. There, I acquired a love for Latin American culture and became fluent in the Spanish language. I'm now trying to learn Portuguese and spend more time learning about historical and political developments in Latin America.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in a family that was very active in the Mormon faith, I knew it was important for me to develop a true understanding of the church if I were to follow its teachings. Aside from attending church each Sunday and listening intently to the lessons taught, I decided I would read from start to finish both the Holy Bible as well as the Book of Mormon which complements the Bible in its teachings. As I spent several months to almost a year studying intently the words of Christ and his prophets, I came to an understanding that they were indeed true. What solidified my belief in the Bible and Book of Mormon was the Holy Spirit that I felt as I knelt in prayer and poured out my soul as I asked God if those things that I had read were in fact true. During that moment, I felt a warm and convincing feeling from God that those books were indeed true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church of God on the earth. Since that day, I decided to live my life in accordance with the teachings of Christ as taught in his church and I'm glad to say that I did. Since I've been a member of the Mormon faith, I've not only been able to learn true principles that lead me and my family closer to God, but I've also been able to live in such a way that allows me and my family to truly be happy and to have peace in our home despite the many challenges that come from day-to-day living and from the pressures of the world.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith revolves around the daily choices I make. While it includes trying to grow closer to the Savior by reading his word in the scriptures or pouring out my soul to him in prayer, I also believe it includes being a good example and serving others. When the Savior was on the earth, he spent a lot of time lifting others both physically and spiritually. To me, he is the perfect example of how we should act if we are to become true Christians. Thus, whether it's trying to make someone's day by passing along a compliment or setting aside a Saturday to help a family move, I strive to always keep my eyes out for opportunities to serve. I've always believed that having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is important. However, if we truly have faith in Christ, we don't merely read his words and say that we just believe. Rather, we do everything in our power to follow him, to act in accordance with his teachings, and to share the joy and happiness that we've received from his gospel with others. Those are the things I try to do on a daily basis and what I believe have made my faith complete.