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  • Are Mormons Christians? Of Constantine and Karaites

    By Mark Paredes

    November 1, 2011 | 9:12 am

    Christian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. – Merriam-Webster dictionary

    “It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their hands having been stained with crime, the... read on

  • Maureen Dowd attacks Mitt: Does a candidate’s underwear matter?

    By Mark Paredes

    October 23, 2011 | 10:23 pm

    “When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” — Jonathan Swift
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    Judging from NYT columnist Maureen Dowd’s latest column (“Anne Frank, a Mormon?”), Joseph Smith was an Einstein. In her pathetic... read on

  • Rabbis, Politics and the Bimah: an Unholy Mix

    By Mark Paredes

    October 16, 2011 | 3:35 am

    Every year the question of preaching politics from the bimah arises just before the start of Rosh Hashana. This year it was radio host and author Dennis Prager’s turn to criticize the practice, which he believes is promoted exclusively by liberal rabbis. While I have not heard... read on

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  • Evangelicals, Bigotry, Mormons—and Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    October 9, 2011 | 9:20 pm

    Several Jewish friends have contacted me this week to get my reaction to the latest broadsides leveled at my church by Evangelicals, this time from two pastors speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit. My reaction to these comments is to publicly thank the pastors for reminding... read on

  • Can believing Mormons become Jews?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 22, 2011 | 11:44 pm

    In recent months I have corresponded with members of the LDS Church on two continents who are planning to convert to Judaism while remaining active Latter-day Saints (one has already begun the process). They in turn have told me of others who have completed the conversion process... read on

  • Glenn Beck’s Holy Land Vanity Project

    By Mark Paredes

    August 22, 2011 | 12:38 am

    I knew I had to write this essay after reading that Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” pro-Israel events scheduled for this week were denounced by both liberal Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater and racist right-wing Israeli blowhard Moshe Feiglin.  According to Beck’s website, the... read on

  • Book Review: Mormons and the Gathering of Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    July 10, 2011 | 11:01 pm

    Readers of this blog know that I love to profile Mormons who are actively engaged in reaching out to Jews. Leslie Pearson Rees is a great-grandmother who has spent 40 years studying the lost tribes of Israel during her travels around the country and in Africa. I’ve just finished... 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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