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Hi I'm Arie

I'm a Mormon. I draw cartoons that celebrate that fact.

About Me

I'm a husband and father. I feel extremely fortunate to be married to a wonderful woman who supports me wholly in my goals and is my best friend. I'm anxious for my children and their future. At the same time I'm excited to see what they'll grow into. I've got a office job I go to every, but in my spare time I'm a cartoonist! A great deal of my cartooning is directed towards my Church--it's scriptures, history, and culture. I view my art as a celebration of my faith. Outside looking in, I suspect a number of people might view the LDS Church as a very somber, serious religion. I don't see it that way. I believe that Mormons should be the brightest, happiest people on the earth. I'd like to think that my little scribblings contribute to that in a small way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family. I've grown up into the Church and my love for it and its teachings have grown as I have grown and studied the teachings of the Church. I love the Book of Mormon. I have read and reread that book numerous times. My study of the Book of Mormon has strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ. My study of the Book of Mormon has expanded my understanding of my Heavenly Father and His plan for me and my family. Ultimately, I have prayed over the Book of Mormon and I have felt deep in my heart that the Book of Mormon is what Joseph Smith claimed it was: true scripture from God that stands alongside the Bible. A Book of Mormon prophet named Alma described God's plan for us as the "great plan of happiness". I whole-heartily share that sentiment. I find great happiness in following the teachings of my faith.

How I live my faith

I attend Sunday services weekly. In addition, I'm at our meeting house throughout the week participating in various activities. At home, my family says prayers in the morning before we go our separate ways, at dinner when we sit down together, and at night before we tuck our children in bed. We hold Family Home Evening on Monday nights where we dedicate the night to family activities. My wife and I read the scriptures (on most nights) to our children after they're in their beds from the hall. I try to follow the teachings of Christ by being honest with my fellowman and striving to remember that we're all children of a Heavenly Father (I often forget this truth during rush hour traffic).