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  • Evangelical anti-Mormonism: A guide for Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    November 4, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil
    against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in
    heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12

    ... read on
  • Jewish-Mormon dialogue: Three wonderful evenings in Los Angeles

    By Mark Paredes

    October 27, 2012 | 10:54 pm

    It’s been a great month for Jewish-LDS relations in Los Angeles. Readers of this blog know of my firm belief that Mormons have a great deal to say to Jews, and vice versa. Judging from the turnout at three recent events, many other Mormons and Jews feel the same way.

    Last Sunday... read on

  • Gallaudet and gay marriage: The forces of tolerance strike again

    By Mark Paredes

    October 15, 2012 | 10:02 pm

    Intolerance and the moral myopia of leaders in the black community were on display today in Maryland, where the head of the NAACP held a press conference to declare with a straight face that the state’s proposed gay marriage law means that “every church, every house of worship,... read on

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  • Blacks and Mormons: The priesthood ban, Brigham and Bruce

    By Mark Paredes

    October 10, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    There are statements in our literature by the early Brethren that we have interpreted to mean that the Negroes would not receive the priesthood in mortality. I have said the same things, and people write me letters and say, "You said such and such, and how is it now that we do such... read on

  • Interfaith marriage, Rabbi Rosove, and Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    While I was single, I often found myself wondering whether it would be better to remain a faithful Mormon bachelor all of my life or to marry a wonderful non-Mormon girl. I had a few opportunities to do so, and in moments of frustration I almost regretted not having pursued them... read on

  • The face of Mormonism: Mitt Romney vs Harry Reid and Gregory Prince

    By Mark Paredes

    September 28, 2012 | 9:34 pm

    In a conference call with reporters two days ago, LDS Sen. Harry Reid delivered himself of the opinion that Mitt Romney had “sullied” the Mormon faith, saying that Romney “is not the face of Mormonism.” He may not be, but there’s no doubt that Sen. Reid was the face of chutzpah... read on

  • The Torah and the JST: Pharaoh’s heart, Lot’s daughters, Noah’s altruism, and wicked witches

    By Mark Paredes

    September 24, 2012 | 7:36 pm

    Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. – Deuteronomy 4:2


    I thought of blogging on the LDS concept of atonement during Yom Kippur week, but given the... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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