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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a horror novelist, webcomic creator, and songwriter. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm horror novelist and webcomic creator Matthew Allred. I'm married, 28, and I've been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life. If it's creative, I like to do it. From writing books, songs, plays, webcomics, to creating visual arts like photography, drawing, digital and mixed media, performing long- and short-form improv, to dabbling in just about any other medium or genre you can think of. I do my best to avoid being a "jack of all trades; master of none."

Why I am a Mormon

It's true that I was born a member of the church, but I don't believe it simply because it was my parent's faith. Living the gospel is way too hard to be able to last on someone else's testimony. I am a Mormon because I have received ample witness that this church is the kingdom of God on the Earth. These witnesses, these evidences, comes in the form of acute spiritual feelings, answered prayers, transformed desires, the joy I feel in adversity, and in the fact that any time I have strayed from the teachings of our Savior and his Prophets I have been met with sadness, regret, and sorrow. I am a Mormon because I have "felt to sing the song of redeeming love." (Alma 5:26)

How I live my faith

Right now I work mostly with the youth in the Young Men's and Scouting programs. I try to help prepare the boys for the storms of life, and to help nurture the goodness and strength that's already in them. I want them to learn the value of service and integrity, as well as the ability to learn and decide for themselves the truth of God and the Gospel. I never want one of my boys to believe something just because I said so, but rather I encourage them to seek truth on their own, to ask, pray, ponder, and study, that they may know for themselves the mysteries of God.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement is not something we can fully wrap our heads around in this life, but it is the single most important thing that has ever happened. Two things keep us from the eternal happiness we can share with God the Father, with his son Jesus Christ, and with our loves ones from this life: sin and death. Sin, because no unclean thing can (or would want to) dwell in the presence of God. Death, because it separates our spirits from our bodies. The Atonement of Christ is made up of three events: his suffering for our sins and sorrows in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he paid an infinite price as a sinless person for each infraction anyone had or would ever make; his voluntary death on the cross, offering himself as a sacrifice on our behalf; and his literal resurrection, where he reunited his spirit and body, perfecting both. Every single person will "fall short of the glory of God" by sinning, because we are all imperfect, and every one of us will die as to the death of the body. Because of Christ we can overcome these hurdles, become clean from sin and have our perfected bodies reunited with our spirits, to dwell in the presence of God and all our loved ones in heaven for eternity, where we will partake in ongoing works of God the Father. Show more Show less