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  • Interview with a Jew-loving Ukrainian Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    November 12, 2012 | 7:33 pm

    LDS Seminary and Institute (= Mormon Hillel) coordinators are an oft-overlooked resource for Jewish leaders in Europe who are attempting to conduct outreach to friendly Christian communities. Some of the most philo-Semitic Mormons I have ever met are Institute directors, and one... read on

  • Mitt’s defeat: We’ve come a long way, America

    By Mark Paredes

    November 6, 2012 | 11:46 pm

    I write these words immediately following Mitt Romney’s gracious concession speech. I dearly wish that he had been able to deliver a victory speech instead, but the election gods clearly weren’t smiling on Boston tonight. While I was disappointed with the result, I remain... 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

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  • 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

  • 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 member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council. He has worked for the ZOA, the American Jewish...

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