Author and artist combine talents to encourage integrity and true heroism

            With experience as a police officer and in the military, Jason Mow has firsthand the dark challenges that come with fighting crime and in combat.

Yet, while in combat, Jason was inspired to write a series of books about true character and exemplary heroes—those he knew from reading the Book of Mormon.

“It was like the stories played like a movie in my head,” says Brother Mow, a member of the Lazona Ward, Mesa Central Stake.

As he wrote the text of A Hero Rises: Moroni and the Battle of Manti, the first book in The War Chapters series—Brother Mow knew he wanted to include illustrations as well.

“The story taught lessons about character and integrity; powerful, hero-type images would inspire young readers to be like those men they would read about,” Jason says.

He approached Gabe Bonilla, of the Santan Branch, Chandler East Stake, and a talented illustrator and owner of Bonilla Design.

“He pretty much nailed it. He created characters based on the images I saw in my head, even down to the unique design of the sword,” Brother Mow says. “The images are powerful and motivational.”

Poster-size copies of the image of Captain Moroni as well as other heroes from Jason Mow’s books are available at Also, on the website, a chapter from Jason’s first book can be downloaded free.

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