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Hi I'm Larry D. Kump

I'm a member of the LDS Church, converted to the restored Gospel about 50 years or so ago, and ever so grateful for my conversion.

About Me

After forty years or so serving in various public administrative, criminal justice, legislative service, & labor relations advocacy positions; I took an early retirement. I thereafter even went on to serve two terms as a citizen legislator in the West Virginia House of Delegates. But, so more much important and significant than anything else in my life, read "Why I am a Mormon" at this website. Discover how my life's wondrous journey brought me to be ever so grateful that I was led, as a young & anxious seeker of truth and the meaning of life, to become a member of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". (Sometimes also is called the "LDS Church" or "Mormon" church. However, "Mormon" is only a nickname & is not the actual name of our Savior's church.) The LDS Church's name & my faith are centered in our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the literal leader of His own church, & the finisher of our faith. Indeed & for me, the quote, "Pro tanto quid retribuamus" or "What shall we give in return for so much?" says it all, & then some. It completely sums up my gratitude & love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He restored His Gospel & His Church in these latter days via The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It truly is that simple. I kid you not. So, what are you waiting for? Read on, & then prayerfully ponder & seek out for yourself how you too may be lifted up & blessed by His outstretched hand. It's completely up to you. So, again, what are you waiting for?

Why I am a Mormon

Raised in a prominent Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, MD, it was at age 12 that I began to have serious doubts about the meaning of life & the existence of God. Our local pastor added to my profound frustration. He couldn't answer my simple and straightforward questions. I thereafter took it upon myself to read the Bible (starting with the Old Testament) & even investigated multiple other religions & world philosophies, which only added to my confusion & angst. At about age fourteen, I was wavering between outright atheism & agnosticism, when my best friend and neighbor introduced me to two Missionary Elders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Disdainful at first of these two mere high school graduates, it almost immediately became obvious to me that they were teaching me simple truths of God's Plan of Happiness. Further, reading & prayerfully studying the Book of Mormon then led me to prayerfully reread (cover to cover) & love the Bible. Sadly, my parents forbade my baptism & even my association with the LDS Church. Even so, seven years later, when I turned 21 at Frostburg State University, I again sought out LDS missionary elders, & was baptized only a few days thereafter, in the former LDS chapel on Columbia Avenue in Cumberland, MD. I may not know all the answers, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has brought me to all that's essential for my Eternal progression & happiness. Since then, my life has been full of wonderful opportunities & challenges; including divorce, cancer, multiple surgeries, bankruptcy, and even twice homeless. Even during the darkest times of my life, it's been the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that has lifted up & strengthened me to become so much more than I previously could scarce imagine. And so, I encourage you to also seek out & receive these blessings for you & yours!

How I live my faith

I just do the best I can. Repentance truly is a lifetime pursuit! That's all that any of us can do, constantly relying on our Savior and His Atonement to make up the difference, wherein we always stumble and fall short. If we seek Him out and allow Him to lift us up, making a sincere effort to do our part in accepting and following His loving counsel, He will bear and overcome all of our heartaches and sins. That's the very key and the blessing that His Atonement gives to all of us. This gift is not just for here and now, but it also can be ours throughout all eternity. After all, our lives here and now are not a destination, they're simply part and parcel of our Eternal journey. The difference this has made in my life has been both a sublime and marvelous work and a wonder. This supernal blessing is freely available to each and every one of us. So, and yet once again & with much sincerity and feeling, I ask "What are you waiting for?".

What is being a Mormon like?

Larry D. Kump
Becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which often is nicknamed the "Mormon" Church, is the best decision that I ever have made in my life. A more detailed description of my conversion is spelled out in my personal website & blog, but a neighbor boy introduced me to the restored gospel when I only was fourteen years of age. My parents forbade me to join or even associate with the Church and I fell away in the confused years thereafter, but rediscovered it as a young adult in college (age 21). I am a survivor of three separate diagnoses of "terminal" cancer, multiple surgeries, homelessness (twice), and have overcome the heartbreak of divorce and even financial bankruptcy and having my home destroyed by fire. Through all of this, the restored gospel has strengthened me with the sure knowledge and confidence of from where I came, why I am here, and my eternal worth and potential. Even with all my flaws and foolishness, I rejoice in the strength and joy that has been given me through God's Plan of Happiness and the Eternal Atonement of His only begotten son in the flesh, Jesus Christ. I wouldn't have it any other way. Show more Show less