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  • My LA Times essay on two Mormons who met at a lecture on Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    April 25, 2014 | 10:07 pm

    I have long wanted to write an essay for the L.A. Affairs column in the LA Times, and am grateful to the editors for choosing my submission for publication in tomorrow's print edition. I am eternally grateful to God for blessing me with such a wonderful family. Shabbat shalom to my Jewish readers. 

  • How to determine whether the Exodus really happened

    By Mark Paredes

    April 19, 2014 | 12:40 am

    The annual Exodus debate during Passover season and a recent discussion with a congregant highlight the divergent ways in which Jews and Mormons attempt to discover for themselves whether stories found in Scripture are meant to be taken literally. While Jews are generally more... read on

  • Why Russell Crowe Should Play a Mormon Noah

    By Mark Paredes

    March 31, 2014 | 11:16 pm

    Both my wife and I have a great desire to see Russell Crowe take a stab at the Noah role, but having a lively 6-month-old daughter to attend to makes it more likely that we’ll wait for the DVD to come on the market. For Mormons, Noah was one of the most important men who have ever... read on

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  • Thoughts on Ukraine

    By Mark Paredes

    March 22, 2014 | 12:16 am

    Recent events in Ukraine have hit home for the Paredes family in a personal way. My Romanian wife spent 18 months as a Mormon missionary in Russia, where she developed a great love for the Russian people. In addition, the LDS temple in Kiev is the one that is designated for church... read on

  • The Arizona bill on gays—payback time for fanatics

    By Mark Paredes

    February 25, 2014 | 11:35 pm

    More than a decade ago, the parents of one of my high-school friends started letting the notorious white supremacist preacher James Wickstrom use his furniture store as the venue for his hate-filled speeches. According to Wickstrom, Jews are the evil spawn of Eve and Satan and... read on

  • The Unsettling Anti-Semitism of Zionism Unsettled

    By Mark Paredes

    February 12, 2014 | 10:19 pm

    A church in which true doctrine is no longer taught is … useless. It cannot guide us back to our Heavenly Father and our eternal home. – Mormon Apostle L. Tom Perry
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    It’s a sad day when a prominent Christian church outsources its theology on Israel and Jews to a fanatical... read on

  • When counting Mormons is as difficult as counting Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    February 3, 2014 | 12:00 am

    Since today is Super Bowl Sunday , I had plenty of time to blog after church (never seen a game, never will). This week is when Mormon bishops worldwide have to send a report to Church headquarters that declares the tithing status of each member of their wards (congregations) for... read on

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