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Mette Ivie Harrison

‘Mormon Families Are Forever’ shouldn’t be a threat

By Jana Riess — October 12, 2017
Guest blogger Mette Harrison offers 4 ways the idea of eternal families may not be good news for everyone -- especially when it's used as a tool to bludgeon the non-believing.

Mormon bishops’ interview policy opens the door for sexual abuse

By Jana Riess — July 20, 2017
The LDS Church should revamp its system of allowing bishops to be alone with teenagers -- especially when it comes to asking questions about their sexual activity, says guest blogger Mette Harrison.

10 reasons Mormons dominate multi-level marketing companies

By Jana Riess — June 20, 2017
Utah leads the nation in multi-level marketing companies per capita, and many Mormons are heavily involved in MLM culture. Guest blogger Mette Harrison explores 10 reasons why.

Mormon joy, Lehi’s dream, and the love of God

By Jana Riess — March 9, 2017
Lehi's dream, says guest blogger Mette Harrison, shows how we learn about God’s love largely through the lens of the love of our family.

10 ways former Mormons can reconnect with devout family members

By Jana Riess — January 31, 2017
When you've left Mormonism but your family hasn't, can you still communicate with love? Guest blogger Mette Harrison offers 10 tips on reconnecting.

Mormon fasting is a chance to “sit with discomfort”

By Jana Riess — April 9, 2016
"I am learning how to be uncomfortable" in a Mormon fast, says guest blogger Mette Harrison. "I am learning that I don’t have to have answers or to feel spiritually ecstatic."

Mormon seminary teacher responds to blogger’s 6 ideas for helping teens

By Jana Riess — March 15, 2016
Seminary teacher Doug Christensen admits he's not a gamer and he doesn't Snap Chat -- but that doesn't mean he's oblivious to the needs of the Mormon teenagers he encounters every day.

A letter to my daughter’s Mormon seminary teacher

By Jana Riess — March 10, 2016
Six things that Mette Harrison wishes her child's seminary teacher would do -- or stop doing -- to make the Mormon church a more hospitable place for teens.

When Mormon teens doubt

By Jana Riess — February 16, 2016
"It seems unreasonable to expect children growing up in the Internet age to have no doubts about Mormonism," says Mette Harrison. But what should we tell them?

Mormonism at its best: The sacrament of helping other people move

By Jana Riess — November 17, 2015
Mormonism is at its finest on a Saturday morning when the ward turns out to help someone move. "This is service in its raw form," writes guest blogger Mette Harrison. "It should always feel sacred."

11 challenges for the Mormon introvert

By Jana Riess — October 21, 2015
From three straight hours of church to testimony meeting and girls' camp, Mormonism can sometimes be an introvert's nightmare, says guest blogger Mette Harrison.

Do Mormons worship the family?

By Jana Riess — August 28, 2015
"Mormons need to stop acting as if family is the only way to God," says guest blogger Mette Harrison. And if we're going to defend the family, we need to defend *all* kinds of families.

Drink a coffee, save your Mormon soul

By Jana Riess — May 27, 2015
When this Mormon guest blogger was asked to rank various sins as a kid, she put drinking alcohol and coffee at the top -- ahead of murder and fornication. Dozens of church lessons in dietary legalism had already sunk in.

Mormon novelist Mette Harrison says her visiting teacher may have saved her life

By Jana Riess — March 12, 2015
"I don’t know if my visiting teacher literally saved my life, but she very well may have," says novelist Mette Ivie Harrison. Now, she gets to return the favor.

My daughter isn’t a Mormon anymore

By Jana Riess — January 23, 2015
"I honor my daughter’s choice to become an atheist," says guest blogger Mette Ivie Harrison. "She has already taught me a lot in her life and I suspect she will teach me still more."
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