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Online Jewish magazine highlights Mormon bishop's interfaith efforts

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 9:55 a.m. MDT

Mark Paredes writes a blog about Mormons and Jews for the Jewish Journal, the largest Jewish publication in Los Angeles. Building bridges of friendship between the two religions is his goal. (Mark Paredes, Deseret News archives) Mark Paredes writes a blog about Mormons and Jews for the Jewish Journal, the largest Jewish publication in Los Angeles. Building bridges of friendship between the two religions is his goal. (Mark Paredes, Deseret News archives)

Forty-six-year-old Mark Parades has an unusual religious résumé. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since age 11, Paredes has also dedicated decades of his life to Judaism, according to a June 19 profile in the online Jewish magazine Tablet.

Paredes' professional career has immersed him in Jewish culture and diplomacy, while his spiritual career now has him serving as a Mormon bishop. He fuses his love for both religions by working "to advance Jewish-Mormon relations," according to tabletmag.com.

He's also vocal about encouraging young Jews to proselytize — the same way Latter-day Saints do.

“I’m a very active missionary for the idea that Jews should be missionaries,” Paredes told tabletmag.com.

Read the complete profile on tabletmag.com.

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