Mark Paredes, October 2007
Mormons and Jews in the Latter Days: a Zion Relationship
Kim Cooney, a lyric tenor, came from Seattle to sing for us
Mark Paredes gave a very captivating talk, engaging the audience, and
giving us all something to think about. He gave us numerous historical
facts about the connections between early LDS and Jews, the favorable
feelings the early LDS saints expressed and the charity they showed to
Jews in their time. .
Mark was the Director of Jewish Relations on the Southern
California Public Affairs Council of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, and a High Councilor in the Santa Monica Stake.
We were in the historic Salt Lake Stake Center - the first
stake center in Salt Lake City.
View some of the 160th anniversary
In 2014 Mark Paredes was called as a Bishop, and is married to a beautiful Romanian lady, and has a beautiful child.
Mark was at the time of his talk (Oct 2007) working as a Los Angeles-based
national outreach director for the American Jewish Congress. He has
taught Hebrew at the Santa Monica Institute of Religion, and his unique
background has led to many opportunities to deliver speeches on
Jewish-LDS relations throughout the country.
Mark also served on the speakers bureaus of the Consulate General of
Israel in Los Angeles and several international Jewish organizations,
including the Anti-Defamation League and StandWithUs.
A native of Michigan, Mark served as an LDS missionary
in southern Italy and majored in Italian literature at Brigham Young
University. After graduating from college, he served as a Foreign
Service Officer (U.S. diplomat) at the U.S. Consulate General in
Guadalajara, Mexico, and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he
was chosen to be the assistant to U.S. Ambassador Martin Indyk.
Following his tour in Tel Aviv, Mark studied law at the
University of Texas, clerking at leading international law firms in
Dallas, Texas and Rome, Italy. He speaks seven languages fluently and
has lived in five countries.
Mark worked for two years as the press attaché at the
Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles and has appeared as a Middle
East analyst on several television newscasts.