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  • Mormon Temples and Jews: The SWC Charade Continues

    By Mark Paredes

    February 27, 2012 | 12:29 am

    “FYI, discovered today: Posthumous baptisms for the parents of Simon Wiesenthal. I am collecting evidence, which will be e-mailed to you, if requested, as long as there is a public stink.” – e-mail sent by anti-Mormon genealogy researcher Helen Radkey to Rabbi Abraham Cooper,... read on

  • My Eternal Israelite Marriage

    By Mark Paredes

    February 13, 2012 | 10:48 pm

    A little over two weeks ago, my lovely Florina and I were “sealed” together in holy matrimony at the LDS Temple in Los Angeles. This is the crowning ordinance of the LDS faith, and we had dozens of friends on hand to witness the ceremony. The sealing itself was very beautiful,... read on

  • LDS singles programs: A model for Jews?

    By Mark Paredes

    January 25, 2012 | 11:38 pm

    Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 11:11

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    As I prepare to marry a wonderful girl in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on Saturday, I can’t help but reflect on how my church has striven mightily to bring... read on

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  • Mormons and Money: Does God want Mitt to be rich?

    By Mark Paredes

    January 22, 2012 | 1:34 am

    Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you. – Alma 39:14 (Book of Mormon)

    But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God. – Jacob 2:18 (Book of Mormon)

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    In a week when Mitt Romney has been asked to... read on

  • Pew Survey: Is the “Mormon Moment” a Myth?

    By Mark Paredes

    January 15, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    On two Sundays a month I teach a spiritual lesson to a group of high priests (mostly older men) in my congregation. Today we began with a spirited discussion of the new Pew survey, which shows that 46% of American Mormons feel that there is a lot of discrimination against Mormons in... read on

  • Tim Tebow: An Example for Believing Mormons and Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    January 12, 2012 | 12:53 am

    With the AFC playoff game this weekend, Tebowmania promises to hit new heights. Straight men around the country are openly acknowledging their man crush on the Broncos’ quarterback, while Christian parents from coast to coast dream of such a match for their daughters. I’m... read on

  • Jewish anti-Mormonism vs Evangelical anti-Mormonism: opposite sides of a coin

    By Mark Paredes

    January 6, 2012 | 1:21 am

    Although the U.S. Constitution declares that the government can’t administer a religious test to presidential candidates, individuals are certainly free to judge politicians using whatever religious criteria they wish. One popular topic of discussion among Mormons in this election... read on

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Mark Paredes is a Mormon Bishop and a member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council. He has worked for the ZOA, the...

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