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Hi I'm Tom Eastman

Retired CDR USNR / Naval Aviator, FAA Pilot, & Charter Pilot, Trout fisherman, Adult Scouter for over 50 years, maried 47 years.

About Me

My passion is the outdoors and flying and doing these things with my family. As a retired Navy Commander, I have moved my family several times including 4 years in Sicily, Italy and we have had many great adventures traveling, skiing, hiking, and interacting with other cultures in Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as Western regions of the USA. We found the Mormon Church in 1975 after looking as a couple for 7 years, and have been active ever since. Many blessings have come through my Church service and service to others and my community such as: Rebuilding Together, Boy Scouting, and especially getting to know my neighbors and helping them. Trout fishing is my new passion and, now being retired, I try to go once a week with a good friend with whom we also have weekly Family Home Evening together.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon because I have learned that Christ IS my personal Savior and that through His atonement and its application in my life, I can and have been blessed and can continue moving forward with out "baggage". I have enjoyed serving as a Branch President (Bishop) where the Lord and the Holy Ghost helped guide me through the required leadership challenges and to be inspiring to my Branch of University students; and now two of my former counselors are themselves Bishops. Through my obedience to Christ's commandments I have found that I feel better about myself, my family, and friends and can better communicate and serve them. When any disaster hapens locally, I am ususally first there to help clear roads, downed trees, clean up yards, or just to help out in service projects for the elderly. This service brings me great pleasure and satisfction. "Love thy Neighbor as thyself" has always been with me and I am interested in them, try to know them and their needs, and serve them as I can.

How I live my faith

I know this is the true Church and it is the same in every LDS Chapel you go to throughout the world; with the same attitudes, spirit, knowledge, and even lessons. We have been privileged to be Temple workers for the past 5 years in The Oklahoma City Temple and feel really close to the Lord as we serve in His Holy House. Eternal marriage has been a glue and commitment that has solidified our marriage; however, it still requires good communication, respect, work, and love to make it survive. I have helped 21 young men earn their Eagle Scout award in the past 5 years as Troop Committee Cahairman, as Merit Badge Counselor, and as Eagle Mentor for those last steps.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Tom Eastman
Mormons help our member and non-member neighbors continually as the needs for help,, compassion, or service arise. We are also actively serving the communiity; from cleaning up after tornadoes in Oklahoma City in 1995,1998, and 2011, to the tornado wiping out 25% of Joplin Missouri. Often seen as the "yellow shirts" in any disaster. What is unseen is the immediate sending in 18 weelers with laods of supplies from Church warehouses around the country to hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes within a few days of the event. We also are active in Helping Hands, Rebuilding Together (Christmas In April) both of which build or rebuild houses in damaged areas or for the poor who cannot afford repairs. We have offered firewood for those in need and act as good neighbors wherever we are and are grateful to have the opportunity to serve others. We donate monthly to a Perpetual Education Fund Loan Progran in Latin and other under-developed countries where men and women can get and education and later pay it back after earning their degrees and working. This has helped thousands of LDS and non-LDS men and women get a good start. And the list goes on. Show more Show less