Brother Friberg was born to Scandinavian parents settled in Arizona. In 1921, his family joined the Church, and Brother Freiberg was baptized at eight, the following year. As a young man, Friberg attented the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where he honed his natural gift for illustration and art. He first made a name for himself creating more than 300 paintings of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for a calender company. He is the only American to be made an honorary member of the RCMP.
During World War II, Friberg served in the United States Army, where he turned down an offer to draw recruitment posters for the Air Force and instead volunteered for service at the front. His artistic talents were there utilized in drawing maps for his company.