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What does a Mormon bishop do?

By Mark Paredes

May 25, 2013 | 12:28 am

Following my recent ordination as a Mormon bishop, many Jewish friends have written to ask me what my new responsibilities are.  Although I’ve only been at it for a month, I’ll do my best... read on

  • Mormon and Jewish interfaith marriage rates: Of temples and missionaries

    By Mark Paredes

    May 4, 2013 | 12:17 am

    I read with great interest Naomi Schaefer Riley’s recent Forward article, in which she contrasts the low LDS interfaith marriage rate and the relatively high Jewish rate while proffering areas for emulation to her Jewish readers. I believe there are two main reasons why Mormons... read on

  • Canadian Mormons commemorate Yom Hashoah

    By Mark Paredes

    April 21, 2013 | 10:49 pm

    After speaking with a prominent Orthodox rabbi in Montreal a few years ago, I had the distinct impression that great things were going to happen on the Jewish-Mormon front in that beautiful city. One of the stake presidents (regional leaders) is Eric Jarvis, a psychiatrist at... read on

  • A new philo-Semitic Mormon bishop in LA

    By Mark Paredes

    April 14, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    Today I was ordained a Mormon bishop, the equivalent of a volunteer pulpit rabbi. I was as surprised as anyone when the call was extended to me, but I accepted knowing that I would have the support of my lovely wife and our diverse, dynamic Koreatown congregation.

    Although a... read on

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  • The Supreme Court and gay marriage: no compelling secular reason to deny it

    By Mark Paredes

    April 6, 2013 | 12:39 am

    After taking the time to digest countless editorials, blog posts, and articles on the recent gay marriage cases argued at the Supreme Court, I remain convinced that there are valid religious reasons for opposing gay marriage, but no secular ones. While religious people should... read on

  • Mormon student vs Democratic vice-chairman on Florida campus

    By Mark Paredes

    March 30, 2013 | 9:39 am

    As a Mormon blogger on religion, I would be remiss in extremis if I did not use this space to send out kudos to Ryan Rotella, a junior at Florida Atlantic University (and devout Mormon) who was suspended from a class after refusing a request from the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach... read on

  • Why peace with Abbas and Hamas is worse than occupation

    By Mark Paredes

    March 24, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Mai bine singur decât cu o companie proastă [Better single than with bad company] – Romanian proverb

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    When I was single, I met lots of people who thought that not being married was the worst thing that could happen to them. They allowed their marital status to define --... read on

  • General Conference and The Forward’s top rabbis

    By Mark Paredes

    March 20, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    In just over two weeks, Mormons around the world will gather for the church’s semiannual General Conference, broadcast around the world via satellite from Salt Lake City. During five two-hour sessions over two days, top LDS leaders will teach and inspire members with spiritual... 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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