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Hi I'm Rick Mangum

I enjoy mountain biking, landscape photography, and learning. I'm a husband and a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona, and after spending nearly a decade elsewhere pursuing higher education, I decided to return to Arizona to raise my family. I love the diverse landscapes that Arizona offers. I'm an avid mountain biker, and the mountains of Arizona are the perfect biking playground. Additionally, I enjoy photography, camping, hiking, and geocaching. However, more than where I've chosen to live or what my hobbies are or where I went to school or what I do for a living, I believe that my family is the one thing that really defines me. In a nutshell, I'm a husband and a dad. After five and half years of marriage and no children, my wife and I were blessed with the miracle of adoption. Five years after we adopted our son, we adopted our second son. Six months after his arrival, my wife delivered twin girls that came to us through the miracle of embryo adoption. Today, we have four children, three of which are six months apart in age. We believe that life is an adventure, but mostly we believe in miracles.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has brought an immeasurable amount of happiness into my life. The world is a confusing place, and if left to our own devices, we would quickly become lost in a wilderness of philosophical, political, and social differences with meandering paths that would lead us no where. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the compass in my life that has helped me to navigate the world and to find joy throughout my life. This compass comes in the form of prayer, spiritual promptings, the scriptures, and modern day revelation. Ultimately, I'm grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who knows me and is willing to bless my life with his grace and his blessings as long as I continue to live a good life and to follow his teachings.

How I live my faith

My faith has always been a big part of my life. Ever since I can remember, I've been surrounded by great mentors that exemplify the teachings of Jesus Christ in their lives. These mentors include my wife, wonderful parents, grandparents, siblings, and close friends. As a result of the church, I've learned the value of serving those around me. Additionally, I've gained a strong testimony of the power of prayer, faith, and charity. Currently, I serve as a Bishop which means that I lead a congregation of church members. This calling has blessed me with many opportunities to grow spiritually, to serve, to love, and to teach. While being a Bishop is an important responsibility, the greatest measure of my faith comes through my service to my family as a husband and a father. I know of no other substitute for the family. And, as a father, I believe that it is my duty to teach my children about Jesus Christ and to teach them to become more like Him.