Hi I'm Ryan X Allred
Until about 7 years ago, I was a video game developer with a about a half dozen games under my belt. When our second was born, it was time to come home and help take care of the kids. We have 4 beautiful girls that are a real handful. With the little free time I have, I love reading, hiking, kayaking. I am hoping to be able to write my own novels when the kids are older.
Why I am a Mormon
In the house that I grew up in, we believed in prayer. When I was a senior in high school, I took a comparative religion course and it forced me to seriously look at my beliefs. I invested time praying about whether our Father in Heaven existed. He answered emphatically 'Yes'. Then I inquired about where I should turn for the truth. I had some family members who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I read the Book of Mormon and was strongly touched by its spirit and its invitation to come unto Christ and believe in Him. I knew that it was true after taking the ancient American prophet Moroni's invitation at the end of the book to 'Study, Ponder and Pray with faith in the Savior Jesus-Christ' about the book. It has been an important part of my life since then.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Without prayer, I wouldn't be the person I am. I was involved heavily with Theatre growing up. The wonderful people there have a vast variety of beliefs, ideas, and thoughts about just about everything. Those include the existence of God, the value of integrity, selfishness vs selflessness and the differences between fidelity and promiscuity. When I was young and still unsure of what I believed, their myriad of philosophies were dizzying. Eventually, I found that I needed to find out for myself if God even existed. I knelt in prayer one day and asked the Universe if 'Anyone was out there?' The Father, as He often does, didn't answer me as I expected, but what I needed. Not only did He tell me that He was out there, but more importantly, that He loved me. This personal revelation through prayer changed my life forever. Like my earthly father, I can come to Him for counsel and comfort. Like my earthly father, He rarely fixes my problems, but He does give me insight on how I can grow and solve my own challenges.
How I live my faith
I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I served a mission in the south of France as a missionary. I have worked with the youth for several years during those trying teenage years. I have taught the 10-12 year old classes as well. Currently I assist both by visiting families in our area and helping them how ever I can as well as help run the teaching programs within our Sunday School for our congregation. I also help out with our kids schools as a parent volunteer in the classrooms. I enjoy teaching about my french heritage at the schools and sharing my love of learning with the kids. We ardently believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that we must be always anxiously engaged in good causes. We believe that true joy comes through loving and selfless service to others.