Sunday, June 23, 2024
HomeEntertainmentUtah Cartoonist Creates LDS Missionary Comics for Late Son

Utah Cartoonist Creates LDS Missionary Comics for Late Son

- Advertisment - Save on Great LDS Gifts

Local cartoonist Bill Fortune recently launched a website featuring his original cartoon strip about LDS missionaries.

Fortune began drawing the cartoons in 1988 when his late son Doug was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tampa, Florida.

“He would write home about his experiences,” Fortune said. “So I developed a cartoon, and I named these characters after him and his companion.”

Doug’s first companion’s last name was Carroll, so Fortune began calling his cartoon strip “Elders D & C.” Although he’d never seen a picture of Carroll, he created a characterization of him to contrast Doug’s blonde hair and freckles.


When Doug wrote letters to his father about the experiences he had, Fortune would draw a “gag” of the experience and include it at the bottom of his returning letter.

“If he had a dog chase him or whatever, that’s what I would write in the letter back,” Fortune said. “It kept his morale up, and he shared it with his comps and everything.”

The cartoons “went on the shelf” when Doug returned home, but in 2011, Meridian Magazine sought out a new weekly cartoon series, and Fortune volunteered his work as a tribute to his son, who died 16 years ago.

Read the rest of the story on

You can see more at

Join the Discussion!
- Advertisment - LDS Scripture Study
Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

This Reimagined Version of “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go” Will Make You Cry

Latter-day Saint singer Bekah Sorensen has reimagined the beloved hymn "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go," infusing it with a...

Book of Mormon Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Enter into the Rest of the Lord

When Alma and Amulek were forced to watch the martyrdom of women and children by fire, they learned God allows the righteous...

How to Make the Sabbath a Delight | 22 June 2024

Here’s your daily dose of what matters most! The Sabbath day is a gift from God. We can make it a delight...

Elder Renlund Introduces New Resources for Understanding Gospel Questions

In a new video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the...
- Advertisment -Color Scriptures from LDS Bookstore