Because I know the question has come up for certain readers, I thought I’d answer the question:
“Is it safe to learn from Leslie Householder?”
In other words, is the information you’ll learn from me a trick to trap you, or is it a treat that can properly liberate you?
“Who would wonder such a thing?” you may ask.
Well, if you must know, an old friend contacted me a while ago for the first time in twenty years because she said she saw my name somewhere on a list of people who had gone to the devil. She basically said, “I just HAD to see what you were up to, because you were on this list with a whole bunch of other people who I happen to highly respect!”
It makes me think of the time when I called the cops on the kid who broke my broom (because I was so stressed about money), and now whenever I share that story, my husband likes to pipe in with,
“Yeah, she lost her mode of transportation that day.”
So, people have been critical of what I teach. They get suspicious when they hear anyone talk about how our thoughts affect our circumstances. Yeah, I know, people will judge.
They probably don’t know that some of the most godly leaders on the planet throughout history have all taught that we should watch our thoughts, and have faith.
But no matter. These people will judge me, they’ll judge you. Just don’t let it stop you from doing what YOU know is right. The important thing is to always stay aligned with your own conscience, and follow it no matter what… discerning between the good fear that keeps you safe, and the deceptive fear that prevents you from finding and living according to the truth you find.
This is life mastery.
If you’re worried about my teachings or trainings, just know this: I have a hyper-sensitive conscience of my own and have wrestled plenty with the concern of learning things that maybe aren’t always taught in Sunday School. Like some of my readers, I used to be concerned about whether these philosophies were of men, only mingled with scripture, or if they were actually true and eternal principles.
On the day that I set aside to seek my answer, studying and praying intently for direction about whether the principles were right and true (or not), among other things, I found additional insight on a plaque posted on the foyer wall of a temple I visited in Los Angeles that reminded me, “[My faith] embraces all truth that is revealed and that is unrevealed, whether religious, political, scientific, or philosophical.” – Brigham Young.
(Not to mention that I was raised to believe that if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, I should seek after these things.)
President Boyd K. Packer shared some insight that was included in the Sunday School manual here. He said,
“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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So then, what’s the issue?
People sometimes fear information related to the law of attraction because it dances dangerously close to greed, selfishness, instant gratification, or even witchery. True principles will always have their counterfeit or misuse.
When people know more about the counterfeit versions than they do the true and correct principles, the resemblance between the two can be enough to make them run the other way.
It’s understandable, and I assert that it is the responsibility of each individual to come to their own conclusion – first by studying it out completely and then asking God if their conclusion is right.
For those who will do this, and who will ask for a spiritual confirmation, it will come, bringing them the peace of mind they seek. If their conclusion is wrong, they’ll be left with a stupor of thought. They can test it both ways until they have their sure answer.
Now, if you have ever been nervous about learning how to use your thoughts to influence the results in your life, I totally respect that concern. But it’s important to realize that you are already constantly influencing the results in your life by your thoughts – I’m just here to help you do it consciously, so that your results are more in line with how you really want your life to turn out.
However, in spite of all I’ve said, if your conscience ever tells you that you absolutely shouldn’t learn any more from me, then by all means, listen to your conscience and follow it. Context and timing is everything! You may simply dismiss it politely with respect for this particular person’s point of view. I just ask that you reserve character judgment until you’ve done your own homework to study it all out in your own mind, and ask God for yourself about the conclusion you come to, rather than blindly taking the word of your neighbor’s great aunt’s brother-in-law or anyone else.
(I’d do the same for you. 😉 )
As for my training events, you will never be asked to do anything out of harmony with good and right principles. You will never be encouraged to do anything that threatens the family unit.
While you can use the principles to achieve any goal, I would only encourage the pursuit of goals that are in harmony with God’s will, and I’ll teach you to achieve them through means that align with scriptural principles.
NOTE: While I thoroughly enjoy donating time to speak for non-profit organizations whenever circumstances permit, I do not officially represent any one of them, nor are my events or programs officially endorsed by them. If you are interested in having me give a Sunday “Fireside” or speak to your religious organization about applying these principles of faith to strengthen families and/or combat financial bondage, contact me here.