Mark Paredes, October 2007
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.
2014: He is now a Bishop, married to a beautiful Romanian lady, and has a beautiful child.
Mark was at the time of his talk (Oct 20017) 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.
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.
A more current BIO on his Jewish Journal section: http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/aboutMark is a regular blogger at Jewish Journal
We were in the historic Salt Lake Stake Center - the first
stake center in Salt Lake City.
View some of the 160th anniversary display.
Kim Cooney, a lyric tenor, came from Seattle to sing for us
BYU - Klez band came up from Provo and performed for a line dance