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

    By Mark Paredes

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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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  • Why “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” is a farce

    By Mark Paredes

    October 26, 2014 | 10:04 pm

    Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land. Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be, until he reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet. – Doctrine and Covenants 58:21-22

    ... read on
  • Why does a Jewish atheist bash Mormon marriage? Ask Bill Handel

    By Mark Paredes

    October 15, 2014 | 1:40 am

    Tonight I was looking forward to blogging on our just-completed family trip to Romania, but my plans were preempted by Bill Handel, the LA-based radio talk show host. Handel is a Jewish atheist (which makes him less than fully Jewish in my eyes) who discusses religion frequently on... read on

  • When is Santa Monica, CA like Jackson, MS?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 28, 2014 | 1:44 am

    While my Jewish friends were ringing in the new year 5775 this week, it was disturbing to see anti-Jewish bigotry from the year 1775 on display in the South. A pulpit rabbi who had previously served in Southern California was thrown out of a restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi... read on

  • Why I have not yet vaccinated my daughter

    By Mark Paredes

    September 19, 2014 | 1:33 am

    It looks like The Atlantic is the latest media outlet to bash parents who choose not to follow the most aggressive vaccine regimen in the world. My wife and I have chosen not to vaccinate our 11-month-old daughter, though we may change our minds when she heads off to school. We... read on

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