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Hi I'm John Hyrum Lunceford

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent Texan! I am HAPPILY MARRIED with four children; two boys and two girls. Our girls are living on their own now and we are busy raising two active boys ages 6 and 9. We love to hike and camp. Our annual summer vacations usually consist of traveling by car and visiting state and national parks. My boys play soccer, swim, and are in cub scouts. Professionally, I have a bachelor degree in accounting but transitioned into project management and software implementation over the past 20 years. Currently, I am a Director for a software company which specializes in Sales Force Management and Incentive Compensation software. Some of my hobbies include running, building model rockets, and attempting to grow a garden in the Texas heat. I love to travel and visit other countries. I lived in Germany while I was in the military. Recently, I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on business. I served in the U.S. Army for over 5 years on active duty and nearly 10 more years in the Army National Guard. My specialty was Infantry.

Why I am a Mormon

My father and mother are members and I was raised in the Mormon faith. Despite a great childhood and worthy, devoted parents, I made some wrong decisions as a teenager which resulted into inactivity until I was in my mid-20s. As I soon approach graduation from college, I began to reflect on my faith and beliefs. I wanted to be married again and have more children. My first marriage sadly ended in a divorce and I had a young girl which I rarely could see because she lived half way across the country. I didn't want to make many of the mistakes I had made in the past and I knew I needed to humble myself and seek the guidance and direction only our Savior can provide. Shortly afterwards, two Elders from the church knocked on my door and this was my awakening call. It kindled memories of the teachings I had as a youth growing up and the example my parents had lived all their lives. I wanted to be happy and now was my chance to return to the Lord. I just needed to immerse myself in church attendance, service to others, scripture reading, and prayer. Basically, I needed to do fundamental things which could strengthen and build my testimony so that when the trials of life come, I would be prepared to withstand them. Within a year of faithfully attending church and living the commandments, I met a beautiful woman at a church picnic. We were married in the Salt Lake City temple a year later. We are now sealed for time and all eternity which is much different than my first marriage. In the past 20 years, my life has turned around 180 degrees. I am much happier, have a beautiful family, a good job and am very blessed! As an Infantryman in the Army, I used a lensatic compass quite a lot to navigate my way on missions. The compass I now use is the spirit of the Holy Ghost. I feel my life is back on course. I am making temporal and spiritual progression and I know my destination.

How I live my faith

Although I did not serve a mission, I have been blessed to serve as the Ward Mission Leader. It is great working with young men who are prepared to serve the Lord. I love going out with the missionaries and sharing my testimony with others. My past experiences have helped me to know where others are coming from as I have experienced many of the hardships and trials they have or are facing. I have served in various church callings including working with the youth and as an Assistant Scout Master. I feel that the Lord has always given me the right opportunities at the right time to serve and strengthen my testimony. I always have felt inadequate in my church calling but I rely on the premise of faith and that the Lord knows best what each of us need and in what capacity we can serve one another. The Lord wants us to grow and knows what we need at the right time. I just put one foot forward and do what the Lord asks. I have served in various community service projects and participated in disaster relief activities on several occasions such as hurricane Katrina. There is a great sense of love and compassion when you do unselfish acts for others. Serving others is a great principle of this church and is practiced worldwide. I love this gospel and the principles it teaches. The Lord has blessed my family in so many ways and without the gospel I would not have been able to acknowledge the Lord's hand in it. I make mistakes daily and everyone else does but I am thankful that I have been taught about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I know that I am a child of God and he loves me, and that I know about the plan of Salvation. I know why I am here on earth, I have a roadmap on how to return home, and what the Lord expects of me while I am here on earth. Many people don't and that's why we need to share the gospel to others.