What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Jack Pferdner

I grew up in southern California and joined the Church in my senior year at the Univ. of Calif. Santa Barbara. My best decision!

About Me

I am a father of six and grandfather of 21. I enjoy photography, golf, reading, and pickleball. I worked in the application software industry for 35 years and am now retired. My wife and I enjoy family gatherings, being involved in the lives of our grandchildren, serving missions, and continually learning more about the scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first encountered literature about the Church I was extremely skeptical. I was fascinated by the claims that the Book of Mormon was ancient scripture and decided to challenge those claims. The more I studied and read, the more enlightened my mind became and the more sense religion made to me. However, I still did not believe in a personal God. I finally came to understand that the only way I could find out about God was to pray and ask direct questions. After some reluctance, this is what I did. While an answer did not come immediately, it did come. It came in such a way that I knew without a doubt that I had received an answer to my prayers. I came to know the Book of Mormon is from God and that Joseph Smith was indeed the prophet of the restoration. Even then, after all these answers, deciding to be baptized was a difficult (and momentous) decision. You see, I did not have faith in myself - that I could live the rest of my life in accordance with my new-found faith. Yet, there was really no turning back. I now knew the Church was Christ's Church and turning my back on this knowledge would be the greater sin. I was baptized at the end of January, 1965. The Lord has helped my from that day forward to learn marvelous truths, to meet incredible people, and to love all the teachings of the Savior. To the extent that I have been true to those teachings, I have been greatly blessed and have felt peace and confidence as I have gone through my life - even when there have been challenges along the way. It has been a wonderful journey and I would not trade it for all the riches of the world. I love the Savior and all He has done for me and my family.

How I live my faith

Since joining the Church I have served three full-time missions, two of them with my wife. I've also been fortunate to serve in many capacities in the Church, from teaching youth to teaching in an assisted living facility. The Church has helped me focus more on serving others and trying to live a Christ-like life. This goal is an ongoing project as the more I learn about the Savior the more I'm aware of my many faults and weaknesses. However, it is comforting to know that I am a child of God, am on earth for a purpose, and that my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ are patient, forgiving, and loving.