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.
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. Please read the "Why I am a Mormon" section of this website entry of mine, to discover more about me. Find out how my life's journey brought me to be ever so grateful that I was led, as a young & anxious seeker of truth & the meaning of life, to become a member of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". (Our church sometimes also is called the "LDS Church" or even the "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. Our Savior 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?
Raised in a prominent Protestant (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 when he couldn't answer my simple and straightforward questions. Although just a young boy at the time, 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 a Missionary Elder & his companion Elder 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!
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 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 s 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, what are you waiting for?