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  • Father’s Day and Forgiveness

    By Mark Paredes

    June 15, 2013 | 12:57 am

    Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou... read on

  • How to explain LDS religious terms to Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    June 8, 2013 | 8:04 am

    When Jews share their religious beliefs with others, they don’t automatically assume that they are familiar with Judaism, and usually do a beautiful job of expressing their thoughts using secular terms that can be understood by all. However, well-meaning Mormons who discuss their... read on

  • 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 to outline my duties for my readers.

    Like rabbis, LDS bishops are chosen to be leaders of... read on

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  • 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

  • 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

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