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Hi I'm Nicholas Steed

I have a wonderful wife and I am the father of four daughters. I am a high school English teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joys are found in my family. I have four brilliant, talented daughters whom I am honored to call my friends. We share many interests and enjoy spending time together. I am blessed to be married to my best friend for over twenty-four years. She is the most interesting, capable, talented, intelligent, fun person I have ever known. She makes my life a living treat. Teaching English is another one of the great joys in my life. I love everything about it. Reading good books and talking about good books thrill me. I have read many series of books, but the fantasy genre is my favorite. I have read and enjoyed The Lord of the RIngs, the Harry Potter series, and many others. I am also an avid watcher of movies. Working with teenagers and helping them to better interpret what they read, write clearly what they wish to convey, and communicate the thoughts and feelings of their hearts give me the greatest sense of accomplishment and just makes me happy. I also love to run - I still hope to run a marathon one day. I enjoy biking long distances as well.

Why I am a Mormon

Until I was eleven years old, my family were members of the Catholic church. Due to a family emergency, we embarked on a journey that took us through Salt Lake City. After taking the tour of Temple Square, my father signed the guest book and said that he wanted to know more. Many months later, two missionaries came to our door with a movie to show us. We watched, but it was the testimony born by these two men that touched our souls. This was my first experience with the power of the Holy Ghost as a testifier of truth. We joined the church and I struggled with many issues until I was sixteen when I read Matthew 16:15 and felt powerfully that Jesus is the Christ. I did not struggle with my belief again until I was serving as a missionary and I needed to know for certain that this is the one true church so that I could teach others. The Holy Ghost confirmed my testimony per Ether 12:6. After my mission the Lord heard my prayers and blessed me with the perfect wife - also confirmed by the Holy Ghost. Many years later, I asked the Lord if I could be a school teacher and the Holy Ghost testified that I should. We now live in a new location - coming here was also directed by the Spirit. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because of the guidance and confirmation of the Holy Ghost, because I know that Jesus is the Christ, because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and answers my prayers, because I know that God calls and directs living prophets, because living the gospel testifies of its own truthfulness and efficacy, because in the Temples families are made eternal, and because living the gospel brings peace, happiness, inspiration, and joy. I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of God with the revelation, truth, and ordinances to bring the sons and daughters of God back home. It has the Holy Scriptures and modern revelation. I am a Mormon because this is the truth.

How I live my faith

Over the years that I have been a member I have served in dozens of positions. Each calling is an opportunity to be a blessing through service to Heavenly Father's children. I have served in a missionary capacity several times sharing the gospel with people who have an interest to know outside of the church. The two years I spent as a full-time missionary in South Korea were two fantastic years that have paid me back many times more that the service I gave. Missionary work has allowed me to be the conduit through which the Lord has done his work by the direction of the Holy Ghost. For six years I worked with the young men. I was an Assistant Scout Master in the Boy Scouts as well as a Sunday School teacher and counselor. I look at those now grown men whom I served so many years ago and I am thrilled to see them become happy, responsible husbands and fathers. I have taught in church for most of my life: Sunday School, Priesthood, Young Men, and Seminary to a few venues. Seeing the light of understanding kindle in the eyes of others is a joyous experience. I have organized activities, home moves, road clean-up projects, and transportation for those who are disabled. On many occasions, I have served in leadership capacities where the Holy Ghost has been my guide to the benefit of those I was called to serve. In every calling, the opportunity for personal growth, unselfish service, and being a valuable contributor to the lives of others exists. As in all things, the amount of value both to me and to others is determined largely by my attitude and what I put into my service, but I can honestly testify that I have been far more blessed by serving than any level of benefit that I have provided for others.