Dream Catcher

My sweet mother wrote and sent me a beautiful piece relating the rare faith principles to the wonders of a dream catcher. Enjoy:

Dream Catcher

I may not feel greatly gifted.
But as chaff in my life is thoroughly sifted,
I will rivet my mind and focus my time, as each step has been listed.
Providence proves, with the goal-thought set free, it does and will grow if only assisted.

Talent will come with what is defined, and realized with what is sought,
Unceasing effort will be refined; it will be such, but it’s always hard fought.
To complete, takes faith that what is needed will surely be brought.
And with these things, the ‘dream catcher’s web’, has freed the good thought.

And what is this dream catcher’s web? A filter for your mind!
With faith, with determination, what you allowed, you will find.
With effort unmeasured and talent refined,
You goal has been won, as it was defined!

Carolyn Barton Robertson ©2003


Quotes from Recent Event

Here are the quotes I promised to share with those who attended the recent event. Enjoy!

M. Catherine Thomas:

“If you wish to feel the most penetrating power of the Spirit, try the experiment of giving thanks in the moment of disappointment, of tragedy, of the specter of ruin. When you are able to do it consistently, you will feel as though you have discovered and united with the mystery of life.”

William Hutchison Murray:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

“All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!’”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

Wallace Wattles:

“There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.”

Leslie Householder:

“Expecting Success: It’s not a feeling of entitlement, but it IS a knowing. It’s not demanding, but it is allowing. Not needing, but anticipating. Not boastful, but grateful.”

Boyd K. Packer:

“There are two kinds of faith. One of them functions ordinarily in the life of every soul. It is the kind of faith born by experience; it gives us certainty that a new day will dawn, that spring will come, that growth will take place. It is the kind of faith that relates us with confidence to that which is scheduled to happen. …

There is another kind of faith, rare indeed. This is the kind of faith that causes things to happen. It is the kind of faith that is worthy and prepared and unyielding, and it calls forth things that otherwise would not be. It is the kind of faith that moves people. It is the kind of faith that sometimes moves things. …

“It comes by gradual growth. It is a marvelous, even a transcendent, power, a power as real and as invisible as electricity. Directed and channeled, it has great effect.” (Quote by Boyd K. Packer © By Intellectual Reserve, Inc., used with permission).

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Ten Year Trivia

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Just for fun, and to celebrate my book Portal to Genius‘s upcoming 10th birthday, here are some things you may not know about my books, business, or whatever:


1) The name of my business “ThoughtsAlive” came out of a brainstorm in 2002 over the phone with friends Alanna Webb and Marnie Pehrson-Kuhns. Did you know they also pioneered the first online mall in 1996? True story.

2) Portal to Genius was originally going to be named “Hasenpfeffer in Munich”, but my co-author Garrett Gunderson feared that Google wouldn’t be able to provide a “did you mean…” suggestion when a user fails to spell it right.

3) In the year 2000, my husband showed me a letter from Bob Proctor, which asked if we had ever thought about teaching what we had learned. I HAD to do it!! So we invested about $9000 to send me to the training. I didn’t find out until recently that Bob’s letter caught my husband’s eye because my husband was interested in becoming a facilitator himself. When he saw how badly I wanted to go, he decided to keep his own interest a secret.

4) When I asked Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul) for an endorsement for Jackrabbit Factor in 2005, he told me no, he was taking time off to be with his family. I had just read his book Success Principles, which has a chapter called “Ask, Ask, Ask”. So I asked to be an exception. He politely declined again, so I decided to impress him by asking again. He finally had to get blunt with me. I apologized profusely for my rudeness and learned a hard lesson in respecting other people’s agency. You can achieve your goals without any particular person doing any particular thing for you. 

5) The television interview pictured above from 2005 was horrible. I had 3 minutes to explain Jackrabbit Factor but I blanked out. Great picture, awful experience. The show was broadcast throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and outlying mountain regions but I think I only sold one book.

6) As I wrote Portal to Genius in 2009, I had writer’s block for 6 months, until the turn of events described in Chapter 35 happened to US and got my creative juices flowing again. You can begin reading Portal chapters here.

7) I’ve lost count of how many times people have posted the following video on my Facebook page. I’m called the crazy rabbit lady, so this is right up my alley. It never gets old. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as I do!!

8) The Jackrabbit Factor has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, and Persian. Whether they are good, accurate translations or not, I may never know.

9) Hidden Treasures was originally intended for my peers in the LDS faith (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), but has since organically achieved best-seller status on Amazon.com and received glowing reviews from people of Jewish, Buddhist, and other faith traditions. The principles are Universal, and its message is unifying. Have you read it yet? It’s free.

10) In 2003, I gathered a decade worth of event notes containing my biggest epiphanies from over 100 seminars, and prepared to weave them into a story. It was originally going to be about a sea creature that evolves into other life forms, ultimately making it to the surface as it learns each of those important lessons. Somehow it ended up being a story about Jackrabbits instead. I’m kind of glad about that.


Merry Christmas!

We didn’t get cards out this year. So here is our Christmas family update:

2018 was a wild ride! Besides finally buying a home in August, here’s what else happened:

Trevan Householder still works at ISOS Tech, consulting small businesses in their implementation and use of Atlassian software. He spent 10 days in Europe on a cycling trek and is preparing to teach the Guided Mindset Mastery program for our business online at nights in 2019. He was released (like everyone else in the world during April Conference) from being a High Priest Group Leader, and now serves as the 11-year old Sunday School teacher and scout leader in our new ward (congregation).

Leslie Householder – I’m still blogging, podcasting, and teaching classes about Rare Faith (the kind of faith that causes things to happen). I also continue to work at the temple baptistry every Wednesday and love it. Two of my three books are finally on Audible, and with the help of (and relief provided by) my new Executive Assistant and Program Director Caroline Skrdla, I’ve finally started doing more events again. 2018 took me to various locations throughout Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. Next year I’ll be speaking in some of those locations again, as well as at BYU-Hawaii, and on a Caribbean cruise in December. Join my newsletter to stay in the know!

Jacob Householder is 26 and a senior at BYUI in Financial Economics. He works for a company called Success Engine, building marketing campaigns for small businesses, and serves as the Director of International Outreach at the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies, for which he put together a Healing of America Conference in Rexburg, and attended a memorable trip to Israel. He has also played a key role in setting up the new community building for the non-profit Spark Freedom Center in Rexburg. He was selected for the Wheatley Leadership Scholarship and was also awarded an internship, for which he’ll go to Washington DC for training next month.

Nathan Householder is 23 and also attending BYUI. He’s also stayed busy working for Success Engine, and volunteering his spare time to BYUI Student Support, for both the Get Connected and I-Night events at the school. He also volunteered countless hours for the Healing of America Conference in Rexburg in October. He is a business major but is still considering all his options. He keeps the family laughing with his Memes for Days and is a compassionate big brother to all his siblings.

Kayli Householder is 20 and still serving in the Salt Lake City West mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, currently working with the deaf community in ASL. It’s been a rough year but she’s stuck it out and has learned and grown so much. She loves the people she works with, and we’re looking forward to her return on February 26, 2019.

Jared Householder is 19 and spent a semester on Scholarship at BYU Provo. He then came home for the summer/fall to work and save up his money. He plans to do another semester beginning in January, but this time from home while he continues to work at Geno’s Pizza in Queen Creek. He spends his free time developing his mad Nintendo skills and sometimes talks me into trying to beat him. When he’s not playing, I get on his case for wasting his talents.

Nicholas Householder is 17 and has been burning the candle at both ends. But he seems to like it that way because I can’t seem to get him to slow down. He is a Junior at Benjamin Franklin High School and currently taking two AP classes, attending EVIT for Anatomy/Physiology in prep for certification as a Massage Therapist, Myopractor, or Physical Therapist (he’s still deciding), and also works part time at Johnny Rockets. Sometimes he operates on 3-4 hours of sleep for days in a row. Despite his schedule, he still manages to go to the temple baptistry each week.

Bethany Householder is 15 and has taken up theater at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. She had a blast performing in Madagascar Jr., Saturday’s Warrior, and High School Musical 2. She loves to dance and loves spending time with her friends. She says she hates school but still works hard to do well. She surprises herself by doing better than she expects, more often than she’ll admit.

Sarah Householder is 12 and finally out of Primary. Wasn’t too pleased about the recent announcement, which – had it been announced just 12 months earlier – would have spared her the agony of the last eleven months. She LOVES Young Women’s and can’t wait for Girl’s Camp. She plays the cello (but recently asked if she could take a break), and also enjoys theater with her sister. She had a great time being in Saturday’s Warrior at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center over the summer.

Tom (not pictured) is our cat and we love him.

At this time, we testify that nothing else matters as much as our love, devotion, and reliance upon our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate. He is our ROCK, and our Redeemer. He has carried us through hard times, and given us the strength to put one foot in front of the other when we have felt like we had nothing left. It is only by Him and through Him that we accomplish anything worthy, and for that I am eternally grateful for His love, compassion, and mercy. May we always remember Him in all that we do.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.

With love, from the Householders