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Hi I'm Rico

I am a photographer. I am retired from the US Army where I served as a photojournalist. I speak Spanish. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a freelance photographer, particularly interested in New Mexico. My wife, Mariann, and I have been married over 43 years. We have one son and three daughters who are grown, married and have children of their own. I have 19 grandchildren. I spent 20 years in the US Army, 10 as a photojournalist and 10 as a counterintelligence special agent. I have lived in Germany, Korea, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. I enjoyed them all. I also worked at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque for 12 years.

Why I am a Mormon

Most all of my ancestors for three or four generations were devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BUT I am a member because I studied and prayed about the LDS Church and learned it was true. When I was a young man I hoped it was not, because I wanted to go the way of the world. I actually prayed to know it was not true. Then one day I heard a voice in my head, "Why do you keep asking? You know that it is true." Then I realized that I did know it was true and that I could not turn away without penalties. I have been active and faithful ever since. That does not mean I have been perfect, far from it! But I continue to try to be more like my Savior and keep His commandments. I recognize the daily blessings I receive through the Holy Ghost. I will share one such event. As a photographer in the days of film I worked in a darkroom and took pride in being fearless in the dark. One day I was in an old abandoned industrial complex in Panama and walked into a room with no windows and only one small door. Coming in out of the tropical sun I was blind in the darkness. My first instinct was to walk into the room and wait for my eyes to adjust to the darkness, but a very strong feeling told me to turn around and exit. I got a flashlight and returned to find a 12'X12'X12' dry concrete cistern in the room a few feet from where I turned around. If I had fallen into it I would have been seriously injured. I thank the Lord for warning me. I know that He did, because he helps me every day.

How I live my faith

I am now retired but I work in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, LDS Temple. I also teach classes in my church on Sundays. Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that all humans are brothers and sisters, I try to treat them as such. Even when I meet or deal with someone who is obnoxious or mean I remember he or she is a son or daughter of God and that He loves them. My challenge is to treat them with kindness out of respect for their Father.