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Monday, July 20, 2015

Recent Reflections of a Latter-day Saint

The following is an edited and redacted copy of a letter I mailed today to an old friend:


Recent events, regarding Temples and eternal truths, have given me much pause for additional prayerful pondering.

The dedication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (LDS Church) newest Temple near Indianapolis, Indiana has been a great joy for me and my Hoosier LDS friends, with whom I lived and served for over eleven years, and who still stay in touch with me.

Also, the recent deaths of LDS Apostles L. Tom Perry and Boyd K. Packer (President of the Quorum of Twelve) reminded me of when they were first called to serve therein, both within the LDS Church and to the world.

As I watched BYUTV and their broadcast of President Packer's funeral, the remarks made by LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson about Brother Packer and eternal principles sunk deeply into my heart.

Those remarks reminded me that, where there is love there also is sadness in parting, but that parting need only be temporary and that our time here only is a tiny part of our lives.

More and more, I am convinced, that far too much of my own life has been spent on issues and events that have no eternal consequence.

Furthermore, that is why, as the years pass by with increasing rapidity, my gratitude grows for the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ and His infinite mercy on behalf of me and my many weaknesses.

I am such an ordinary and unremarkable man, but the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me such extraordinary blessings, so much so that I can scarce take it all in, and most certainly don't even begin to comprehend their fullness.

Larry D. Kump


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