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  • Jewish-Mormon collaboration

    By Mark Paredes

    July 2, 2012 | 12:36 am

    Last week a Jewish journalist contacted me about Mormon outreach efforts to the Jewish community. His email came just after an LDS leader interested in reaching out to Jews had called for a briefing on the “ABC organizations” that make up the organized Jewish community. Their... read on

  • Greece’s biggest failure? The Orthodox Church

    By Mark Paredes

    June 18, 2012 | 1:00 am

    ἄρα γε ἀπὸ τῶν καρπῶν αὐτῶν ἐπιγνώσεσθε αὐτούς (“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”) – Matthew 7:20

    And even I, myself [King Benjamin], have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not... read on

  • Fred Karger in Utah: Anti-Mormon meets homophobe

    By Mark Paredes

    June 13, 2012 | 11:50 pm

    Not many people were aware before today that one of the country’s leading anti-Mormons has been running for the Republican presidential nomination. Fred Karger, whose signal electoral exploit so far is having beaten Ron Paul in Puerto Rico, was the brains behind the “Californians... read on

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  • Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews—a mystery and a shanda

    By Mark Paredes

    June 12, 2012 | 12:27 am

    It is openly stated in books written by the founders of Zionism that the means by which they planned to establish a state was by instigating anti-Semitism … They intentionally infuriated the German people and fanned the flames of Nazi hatred, and they helped the Nazis, with... read on

  • Why would a Jew become a Mormon? Ask Marlena

    By Mark Paredes

    June 5, 2012 | 11:26 pm

    The proverbial “third rail” issue for a Christian blogger on a Jewish website is Jewish conversion to Christianity. It is one of the few issues that unites practically all Jews, and well-funded organizations (e.g., Jews for Judaism) have been set up to keep Jews from converting.... read on

  • Is arguing with God a virtue? Dennis Prager vs Mormon thought

    By Mark Paredes

    June 3, 2012 | 12:27 am

    Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. – Jacob 4:10 (Book of Mormon)

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your... read on

  • Shimon and Arthur—RIP

    By Mark Paredes

    May 31, 2012 | 12:32 am

    I would be remiss indeed if I did not take this opportunity to note the recent passing of two important figures in the LA Jewish community, both of whom I had the honor of knowing.

    Gen. Shimon Erem (bio), the “patriarch” of our city’s Israeli community, was one of the pioneers... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mark Paredes is the leader of a large Mormon congregation in Los Angeles. He has worked for the ZOA, the American Jewish Congress, and the Consulate General of Israel in Los...

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