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How a Scripture Read in the Temple Led One Latter-day Saint to Become a Church Cartoonist

After his nationally syndicated cartoon was canceled, Val Chadwick Bagley wondered if his cartooning career was over. That is until he stumbled across a scripture while in the temple.

Unable to find another job cartooning, Bagley went to work designing cheese labels and hot dog packages for seven years.

As a missionary in Virginia, Val Chadwick Bagley kept four different cartoon journals (as well as two “regular” journals).
As a missionary in Virginia, Val Chadwick Bagley kept four different cartoon journals (as well as two “regular” journals). 

It was a scripture that brought Bagley back to cartooning.

“While waiting in the temple, I randomly was turning the pages of the Book of Mormon, and out of the 6,604 verses, one verse jumped out and grabbed me because of one word,” he said in an interview.

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“Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and … in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; …” (see Helaman 12:2).

The word “art” gave Bagley the inspiration he needed to begin his cartooning business called “The Cartoonist Guy.”

Lead image by Val Chadwick Bagley, retrieved via Church News
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