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Hi I'm Tom

I have served in two branches of the U.S. military and retired after nearly 2 score years in the airline industry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After completeing my military assignments and 35+ years in the airline industry, I spent 6 months in Israel on a special assignment. The time in the airlines gave plenty of opportunities for travel (every continent but Antartica) but the six months in Israel was the highlight of my travels. My wife and I have continued to travel and are looking forward to many new adventures - more cruises, safaris and maybe even Antartica? We have three children - two who live close by and one several states away - and eight grandchildren. They are all dearly loved and we try to spend as much time with them as possible. I usually have a camera attached to me in some way. It started because I love to take pictures but now it is mostly because my wife (and me too I suppose) can't pass up the chance to take a photo of one of the kids. I enjoy raising a garden, growing fruit trees, grapes, many kinds of berries, and some nut trees.

Why I am a Mormon

I am from a part member family. My mother was L.D.S. but my father was not affiliated with any denomination. My mother was inactive in the church for many years and it wasn't until I was 13 that my Mom and Dad started taking me to church. At the age of 14 I had a limited understanding of the church but it seemed like the right thing to do so I was baptised. I wasn't active for very long, maybe 1+ years. At that point in my life I started to drift and revel in far too many of the temptations that this earthly existance offers. It wasn't until some thirty-five years and many regrets later that I returned to the church of Jesus Christ. A whole new life has followed. Greater joy and happiness I have never known. With my return, I have continued to read of and study the gospels of Jesus Christ. From this study, the reading of the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants, my testimony of the truthfullness of Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints has continued to grow. I know without a doubt that the teachings of this church are true and complete and that by living as we are taught that we may one day return to live with our Father in heaven.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith to the best of my ability. Like all humans though I am not perfect - not even close - and slip now and then. I try to learn from each of those slips, not repeat them, improve, and move on. My wife and I have each served three missions for the church; one in Nauvoo, Illinois where we served in the Temple, one as managers of the Bishop's Storehouse, and one in a home storage center. Each one is very different but they all involve serving our brother's and sister's and those in need. I try to participate in as many local service projects as possible, the most recent being a food drive that gathered more than 20,000 pounds of food for the local food banks. I serve as our Bishop's secretary, am a home teacher to eight members of our ward, and serve in the Seattle Temple at least one day per week . Serving others is what I thrive on and will try to continue to do until the day I depart this mortal existance.