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Hi I'm Rick Lofgreen

I'm a Professional Photographer, School Teacher, crazy about all things outdoors, I'm creative, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to a beautiful Italian girl for 26 years, I have two incredible kids, one in college (married) and one is a senior in High School. I have a love for art, animals, anything to do with the great outdoors. My "Prides and Joys", besides my above-mentioned loved-ones, are my sweet Golden Retriever and my Wood-fired Pizza Oven. My family loves the beautiful mountains and enjoys trips to Sedona, California, Colorado, Utah, as well as occasional trips to my sweetheart's homeland of Italy, (we love the Alps!). I love Native American cultures and one day hope to produce a book with some of my photo illustrations of southwestern natives. I have fulfilled some of the goals I have made in life regarding my profession as a Photographer, but I still have a few that I would like to accomplish, including that of improving painting techniques and producing works of art using both photography and traditional and digital artistic enhancements.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born to a family who were members of the church, I was not converted to the gospel until I was 19, when I felt a particular sadness as I saw my parents "getting on" in age and I knew that I would not have them around for too many more years. I had always "believed" in Christ and never doubted that my parents had faith, but for myself, I had never felt a need to dig deep into the scriptures. As I struggled with that "need", I started to doubt and question my faith or any faith for that matter, I just didn't see the reasoning for all of the self-sacrifice of religion. This attitude persisted from the time I was in high school until I turned 19, and then somehow I turned a corner and started to study the scriptures and pray with fervor and commitment. I felt like I was unworthy before the Lord and if He was truly there He probably wouldn't answer me anyways. I continued my search but was not doing so with a faith that God would communicate with me. Some friends of mine and I were studying some passages in the Book of Mormon in the book of Alma in the 32nd chapter which impressed me as to the manner in which a person can develop true faith. I kind of forgot about the impression and one day the following week I knelt down after a particularly difficult day with my family and I was humble and really wanted to be able to just get some kind of assurance from my Father in Heaven that He cared about me. As I addressed my Lord in prayer I searched for the right words to say and I realized that all I could do was cry. I had spent nearly a year searching and praying but with the wrong motives, I thought to myself I need to know, I need to know! are you there?, are you aware of me?... Then it happened, I felt a warmth from the tip of my head to the tip of my toes, and an inner voice spoke to my heart and my intellect and said "I love you, I am aware of all your needs, God does live and His Son Jesus Christ, now go and serve Him, testify that He lives!".

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in my Heavenly Fathers work including having served a proselyting mission to Italy, where I had the wonderful experience of seeing individuals turn from a destructive lifestyle and embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have served as a leader of youth, in many capacities like a scoutmaster or Sunday School Teacher as well as serve adults in local church communities helping our local leader known as a "Bishop" (kind of like a pastor) by serving as a counselor to two of them. I currently serve as a clerk to another Bishop and serve in any other assignment I am given. I am happy to serve wherever I can, even though I have two full time jobs and finding time is difficult, serving is still important. A wise king once said " ...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God".