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  • Jewish Writer: Everyone Should See Film ‘Meet the Mormons’

    By Mark Paredes

    1 week ago

    I have always been an atypical visitor to Mormon Visitors Centers around the world. Visitors to the centers, which are adjacent to temples and important LDS historical sites, are almost always asked by missionaries to view movies, videos, or other media that were created to inform... read on

  • Why Mormon and Jewish Language Learners Should Nulu

    By Mark Paredes

    3 weeks ago

    A recently email immediately caught my attention for two very personal reasons: The subject line mentioned a referral from my favorite Orthodox rabbi, and the first paragraph made reference to my preferred method for language learning. Given my fluency in multiple languages, I am... read on

  • Swedes, Jews & Stereotypes

    By Mark Paredes

    3 weeks ago

    Last week I took a group of older couples from Gothenburg, Sweden, on a 2-hour tour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. I delivered a speech on Jewish-Mormon relations at the University of Gothenburg a few years ago, and enjoyed talking with them about their beautiful city. They were a... read on

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  • Greg Smith: A Mormon Mensch at AIPAC

    By Mark Paredes

    November 20, 2014 | 11:50 pm

    When I received an email last year from a BYU professor encouraging me to meet with one of his former students who had recently relocated to Los Angeles, I was only too happy to oblige. Greg Smith, a national field organizer for AIPAC, had been hired by the organization’s LA office... read on

  • LA’s Mormon community to get new leader this weekend

    By Mark Paredes

    November 8, 2014 | 12:55 am

    This weekend is a special one for the 5500 Mormons in the Los Angeles Stake, or diocese, which stretches from West LA to downtown. A stake president is chosen about once a decade, and Sunday we’ll find out who it is. Outgoing stake president Mark Bragg has served faithfully for 9... read on

  • Good riddance to Harry Reid, the Mormon Senate leader

    By Mark Paredes

    November 5, 2014 | 11:15 pm

    Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? – Interview question for church members wishing to enter a Mormon temple

    The Democratic... read on

  • Borat, Ceausescu, a Holocaust Contest and 1918—Impressions from our Romanian Trip

    By Mark Paredes

    October 31, 2014 | 11:59 pm

    Our recent vacation in Romania to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday was spent observing the birth of eight piglets, chasing chickens around the yard, debating Ceausescu’s legacy, and spending lots of time with my wife’s family. In short, just what the doctor ordered for a... read on

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