By small and simple things

Two Sundays ago I woke up and made Trevan a special birthday breakfast. Well, not incredibly special, just pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, and scrambled eggs with sausage. But I did bring it to him in bed (a tradition in our family for those who have a birthday), so that was something.

After that, I went downstairs and turned on the Roku to see what program I could watch to kick off my Sabbath before the kids woke up. Originally, I thought I might find an episode of the discussions on the scriptures from BYUtv. My mom has raved about them many times. Since I interruptions were imminent and I enjoy those more when I can have uninterrupted focus, I instead selected a talk from the October 2017 General Conference. Scrolling through the sessions, I decided to watch John C. Pingree’s address called, “I have a work for Thee”.

His opening words were:

“To Moses, God declared, ‘I have a work for thee’ (Moses 1:6). Have you ever wondered if Heavenly Father has a work for you? Are there important things He has prepared you—and specifically you—to accomplish? I testify the answer is yes!”

And while I usually think that kind of a message is talking about my blog, books, and podcast, etc., I also know they very much refer to family history research and my family history calling (a.k.a. my assignment at church).

Normally, I feel like I should be making some kind of giant splash with my work, but the thought often overwhelms me and sometimes renders me motionless. Gratefully, in that moment, the Spirit gently nudged me with a simple idea of what I should do next. I was to put on my Sunday clothes and go to each of the 4 buildings in our stake, and post the pamphlet about “Language Skills Needed” on the bulletin boards at each of the buildings. That’s it. That’s all I needed to do. It wasn’t a big splash, but it planted a seed.

I knew that if I did my part to get those pamphlets posted, the Lord could guide the right people to notice them. I was reminded once again that it is by small and simple things that the Lord does his work. Knowing this helped me calm down and enjoy my day just a little better.


“I wanted out”

Here is another installment in my series about Tender Mercies. Now YOU can submit your OWN stories at ANY time right here.

Today’s story comes from Cosette Snarr, who writes: 

My husband started having seizures in 1985. At first they were just at night and didn’t disrupt our daily life, although they did have an affect on my sleep. Over time the seizures changed and started happening during the day. Eventually he was in a terrible car accident and lost his ability to drive.

Over the years the seizures created situations of lots of unemployment and underemployment. I was frustrated and angry and did not want to deal with this terrible situation. I had tried everything I could think of to “fix” the situation but to no avail. I felt like my prayers were not being answered. It was awful.

I wanted out but knew I could not leave.

Over the years I went through all kind of emotions, mostly anger, until finally, f-i-n-a-l-l-y I decided to turn to the Lord in humility rather than telling Him how things needed to be. That seemed to be the key. I felt inspired that we needed to start re-finishing furniture together. I thought that was really odd. That’s not the kind of activity I would necessarily choose to do but I felt strongly that I had been directed so we did.

We took a class together, went searching for furniture together, worked together and in the process I fell in love with my husband again. The anger was gone. I felt confident that I could simply look beyond the seizures and everything would be okay. They did not have to rule me.

Within a couple of months of starting on the furniture the seizures stopped. It was not due to any change in medication or treatment that he had been getting. This happened in 2014. He had been having seizures for 30 years and they had stopped. His doctor had never heard of such a thing.

To me it was more than a tender mercy. It was a miracle in every sense of the word. A miracle that came through the love of the Savior as I finally allowed Him into my heart. The miracle was not so much that the seizures stopped as much as my heart had been changed.

Today our relationship is strong. My husband is still seizures free and is healthier than most men his age. We are incredibly blessed.


What about you?

Maybe you’re not a millionaire. Maybe you haven’t yet realized that big vision for your life. Maybe your relationships aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe you’re still waiting for that breakthrough that never seems to come. Maybe you struggle with your health, or maybe you’re caring for someone else who is.

But even so…

Have you seen God’s hand in your life, sustaining you from day to day?

I want to hear about it. Submit your stories here!


Don’t force the rose to bloom

Today’s Mindset Mastery Program participant spotlight is on Harmony H. She writes:

When I hit my emotional rock bottom a few months ago, feeling great stress and fear about money, I turned to the Jackrabbit Factor for help. By studying it, I was able to lift myself out of the despair and fear. It helped me change my attitude and expectations so that I could break through stress into emotional freedom.

Then I started the FTMF course [now called the Mindset Mastery program]. I’m only halfway through, but already the course has thoroughly grounded and expanded upon many of the principles illustrated in the Jackrabbit Factor. I now feel wonderful and expectant about my goals, and I’m already grateful for the prosperity to come and for all of the opportunities I have to give to the world.

As I embark on Phase 2 of the course, I’m setting a goal to complete a certain number of chapters of a book that I’ve known I’ve needed to write for years. I’ve been terrified of writing it for just as many years, too! In fact, in the past, I’ve sometimes felt so frozen up with fear and terror that I thought writing this book would be utterly impossible. But now, having studied the [Mindset Mastery program] and gained a new awareness of jackrabbits everywhere, I feel quietly confident and capable of meeting — perhaps exceeding — my writing goal before the course is done.

Sometimes in her blog or in her other resources, Leslie talks about dreaming big and making sure that the short-term goals fit the long-term vision of our lives. Before starting the [Mindset Mastery program], I didn’t really “get” that. I was always thinking in the short-term. The course has taken me through a series of exercises in which I’ve learned how to relate my pursuits to a unified, long-term, whole perspective on my life. Again and again, the course has directed me to write, re-rewite, and re-write my vision of how I want my life to be. With that repetition and emotion, I’m starting to feel the joy of dreaming big — in a way that is consistent with my personality, my values, my emotional and spiritual needs, and my own unique take on life. My big dream may look nothing like the person’s next door, and I love my dream all the more.

One of the things that I value about the course is the length of time it takes to complete it. We each change at our own speed — if we force a rose to bloom, we only damage it, but if we allow it to open on its own, we can experience its beauty and grace. This class has let me bloom in my own timing. It’s also taught me about discipline and setting aside time in my busy life for self-development. If I had taken only a weekend seminar, there is no way that I could have assimilated all of this information and blossomed open in that short length of time. The course is also cumulative, so that my self-development has been consistent, focused, and steady, traits that I value greatly. I would not have had this steady growth experience and increased focus if I’d put together a patchwork of teachings from multiple authors. I’m looking forward to growing and increasing my focus even more in Phase 2.

I also value the community… I’ve found that, for me, the [online community for program participants] is an integral part of the home study course. I’ve met wonderful, giving people there who are so willing to help others. I’ve also found that they’re willing to ask for help, too. It’s a community where peers can teach one another, and where mentors can ask for guidance and help, too. It’s also a place to meet great friends who share a healthy outlook on life.

Thank you, Leslie and Trevan, for making your course available as an effective home study alternative. You’ve brought a lot of integrity to the written page, and I am so looking forward to meeting you and our community at mentor training.

Harmony H.

Learn more about the Mindset Mastery program HERE.

The 12-week Mindset Mastery Program is not to be confused with the 8-week Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse. The Fundamentals Ecourse is a powerful exploration of the principles that govern success, and takes an introductory approach for effective goal setting. By contrast, the Mastery Program is focused on the *implementation* of the principles and the *achievement* of your goals. It is full of interesting assignments that take you step-by-step through two experimental goals, challenging your thought processes, helping you experience success, and setting up a pattern in your thinking that you will be able to utilize over and over for effectiveness with all of your future goals. I hope you’ll join me in one of these programs, to help you take your understanding and success to the next level in ALL the different areas of your life. Learn more about the difference HERE.


Mission Nutrition – Calories Matter but they don’t Count

I have known Susan for some time now and have truly grown to appreciate her passion and dedication to discovering and sharing true principles. When something in my life isn’t going well (whether in a relationship, finances, or health), I’ve learned that a return to true principles always has the power to lead me to significant, life-changing improvements.

For example (as you who have been following my blog know), years ago my husband and I faced some difficult financial challenges. We worked multiple jobs, and I was thrilled to find food in the trash at offices we cleaned each night. Eventually, we discovered some previously unknown-to-us principles that govern prosperity. Once we understood the principles and began to consciously live by them, we tripled our income in three months, and I became an award-winning, best-selling author, helping tens of thousands of other people experience the same kind of shift.

Just as it was with our finances, significant life-changing improvements with one’s health also begins with a paradigm shift.

When your perspective changes and you understand the problem differently, you feel empowered, motivated, and inspired to take the steps that lead to success. That is what this book will do for you: it will give you a new paradigm that will empower, motivate, and inspire. I originally devoured the message in these pages because I was looking for answers to help my daughter with a newly diagnosed autoimmune disorder. I’m always amazed but never surprised when the people and resources I need show up in my life just when I need them, and the knowledge Susan has given me through this book is no exception.

She knows her stuff as a former nutrition professor, (who has since experienced her own shifted perceptions about widely-held beliefs that just don’t work), and is passionate about helping people understand how to use food to transform their health. Her book, Mission Nutrition, takes the reader on a health journey to understand what food really is, how it works in the body, and how to use it to optimize health.

It debunks commonly held myths about weight loss, calorie counting, healthy food, and healthy eating, while providing the reader with the tools and “rules” to confidently pursue eating based on sound science. Susan uses real-life stories as well as research to talk about the science behind food and unlock the secrets to eating joyfully to create optimal health, sustainable weight loss, and combat lifestyle driven diseases. It’s about eating your way to healthy! Yes, it’s about eating real, delicious food and feeling full again! ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE, Mission Nutrition makes you the real food expert and takes the guess work out of nutrition.

As you’ll soon discover, what has perhaps seemed difficult can become simple. What once seemed scary can become enjoyable. What seemed impossible can become probable. A slimmer waistline and better health may be closer than you think. So, if you’re like the millions of Americans who struggle with their weight or constantly battle aches, pains, and illness, there is hope.

And as the author says it best,

In an unprecedented way, we are never without food. And yet we are malnourished and sick… When we understand the food environment, how our bodies use food, and how to eat both emotionally and physically to maximize our body’s biochemistry, we have the power to reverse this trend and reclaim our future.”

Click here to learn more and get your copy from Amazon, and let the journey begin!

Leslie Householder
Award-winning, best-selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor,
Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters,
and Portal to Genius