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Latter-day Saint Book Nook

Latter-day Saint Book Nook

By Liz Kazandzhy
Come and learn from the best books to help you live your best life!

Latter-day Saint Book Nook is a cozy little podcast where we talk about books from a gospel perspective. So if you love books, and you love the gospel of Jesus Christ, tune in on Tuesdays to follow along!
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Ep. 16 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Expands Your *Gifts* and Talents
Whether you need help recognizing, developing, or using your gifts and talents, the Holy Ghost will surely be a valuable companion to you. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-g to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE 🔹 The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You (by Liz Kazandzhy) will be published in June 🔹 Quote from G - Expands Your *Gifts* and Talents When you involve the Spirit in the process of developing your talents, He will accelerate your growth, expand your abilities, and increase your endurance. He can reveal to you how best to cultivate your talents, and He can lead you to opportunities for further development. As President Benson taught, “Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.” When I had the help of the Spirit, I was able to write this book with "strength beyond my own," but whenever I did something to offend the Spirit, I was "left to [my] own strength" and wasn't nearly as effective 🔹 Takeaway Write a list of your gifts and talents, and then say a prayer asking the Spirit to reveal to you what you may have missed. Finally, choose one of those gifts and decide how you could use it to bless someone else's life. 🔹 Learn more about The Holy Ghost from A to Z at https://ldsbooknook.com/holyghost
05:56
May 24, 2022
Ep. 15 - Normal for Me: Embracing Life as a Parent of Autistic Children
Tamara Anderson's life is anything but normal, yet she's embraced it anyway. Hear what life is like for her parenting two autistic sons. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/normal-for-me to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE 🔹 Normal for Me is a self-help parenting book by Tamara K. Anderson, published in 2019 🔹 Overview of the book Two of Tamara's four children have autism, one high-functioning and one low-functioning This is a great book for parents of autistic children and also those who want a glimpse into a family with autistic children 🔹 What is Normal? After a horribly difficult day with her children, Tamara was asking God, "Why is life so hard? Why can't we be a normal family?" In reply, God whispered to her, "Tamara, this IS normal for you." That brought her great comfort, though her journey to acceptance was long and difficult 🔹 The Power of Journaling Tamara shared a journal entry about "the day from hell," writing in a way that was raw and uncensored When we write like that, it can help us work through our feelings, and it will help those who read it in the future to not feel so alone in their trials I share an inspiring story from an ancestor who struggled with intense trials in Utah after leaving her comfortable life in England: "One of her daughters remembered her mother standing with her head on her arms resting on the mantel piece with tears dripping like rain on the hearth beneath, but in spite of this she was a brave and courageous woman." 🔹 Judge Not! Tamara and her husband have had to deal with a lot of judgment from others "There really is no way we can know the heart, the intentions, or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize. Thus, judge not." (Thomas S. Monson) 🔹 Trials: More than We Can Handle? "I think the phrase needs to be changed to say, 'God doesn’t give us more than we can handle with His help.' Basically, He doesn’t give us more than HE can handle. The question is, do we turn to Him for help in our trials?" 🔹 Ask God for Parenting Help Tamara shares a story of God helping her find a way to involve all of her kids in a family activity Our children were God's children long before they were ours, and if anyone knows how to get through to them, it's Him 🔹 Take Care of Yourself Tamara shares a fantastic list of stress-relieving activities that she could do in increments of 5, 10, and 15 minutes 🔹 Takeaways 1. The next time you have a horrible day, write about it. Be honest and open and raw and uncensored. 2. Create a list of stress-relieving activities that you can do in 5, 10, and 20 minutes.
25:45
May 17, 2022
Ep. 14 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Conveys God's *Forgiveness*
Have you ever asked yourself, "Has God really forgiven me?" Finding out the answer might be simpler than you think! Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-f to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE 🔹 The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You (by Liz Kazandzhy) will be published in June 🔹 Quote from F - Conveys God's *Forgiveness* Even though repentance is a process, you don’t have to wait until the end of that process to feel God’s love, approval, and forgiveness. This is why Amulek taught that “if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.” Immediately—not eventually. Or, in Elder Holland's words, “It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say ‘I’ll change’—and mean it.” From Elder Tad R. Callister: "If you feel the Spirit—when you pray, read the scriptures, teach, testify, or at any other time—then that is your witness that you have been forgiven or, alternatively, that the cleansing process is taking place, for the Spirit cannot dwell in an unholy tabernacle. In most cases the cleansing process takes time because our change of heart takes time, but in the interim, we can proceed with the confidence that God approves of our progress as manifested by the presence of His Spirit." I share a journal entry that portrays the battle between justice and mercy with powerful imagery 🔹 Takeaway Repent! 🙂 Choose something that you need to change, and then sincerely say "I'll change"—and mean it. Take steps toward changing, and in the meantime, try to notice the presence of the Spirit conveying God's approval and forgiveness as you seek to become more like Him. 🔹 Learn more about The Holy Ghost from A to Z at https://ldsbooknook.com/holyghost
08:12
May 10, 2022
Ep. 13 - Charlotte's Web: What a Spider Can Teach Us About the Savior
Like Wilbur the pig, we were once destined for damnation. But someone came to our rescue, and because of His sacrifice, we can be saved. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/charlottes-web to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE 🔹 The Power of Language: "Some Pig" By writing positive things in her web, Charlotte helped Wilbur become those things: "some pig," "terrific," and "radiant" Satan often attacks our identity and relationships through negative language 🔹 Selflessness: "What's in it for me?" vs. Expecting Nothing in Return Charlotte is a great example of selflessness (expecting nothing in return), whereas Templeton the rat is a great example of selfishness ("What's in it for me?") Strive to first notice your motivations and then to purify them to become more selflessness 🔹 Charlotte's Sacrifice: "No one was with her when she died" Charlotte's lonely death is reminiscent of Christ's death: "I have trodden the winepress alone ... there was none to uphold [me].” "Just as Wilbur was destined to be slaughtered, we were destined to be damned based on our fallen nature. But someone came to the rescue—someone came and promised to save us. Not for glory or personal gain, but because of His selflessness and love for us." We should learn to focus more on Christ's sacrifice—and the blessings that come from it—rather than our own trials and worries We can't pay back the Savior for what He did for us, but we can "pay it forward" by taking care of God's children 🔹 Takeaways 1. Choose a day to take special notice of your language. Then, at the end of the day, write down what you noticed and how you can improve your language. 2. Consider some things that you're involved in right now, and think about what motivates you to do them. If needed, strive to purify your motives to be more selfless. 3. Ponder what the Atonement of Jesus Christ means to you personally, and share your thoughts with a loved one or on social media.
24:37
May 03, 2022
Ep. 12 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: *Encourages* You
Messing up can be hard. But the Spirit can encourage you to move forward, "growing from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm." Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-e to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE 🔹 The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You (by Liz Kazandzhy) will be published in June 🔹 Quote from E - *Encourages* You You may also need extra encouragement when you're faced with your failures. Instead of turning to God in repentance, you might find yourself paralyzed by shame. In such situations, allow the Spirit to work on your heart, communicate God’s love for you, and drive away your shame. With the help of the Holy Ghost, you can truly learn to “cherish the gift of repentance,” and you’ll be able to “grow from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm.” I share words of encouragement that the Spirit shared with me recently: "You're human, not a hypocrite. God planned for this. Just learn." 🔹 Takeaway This week, pay close attention to how God encourages you through the Holy Ghost, and write about those moments in your journal. Learn more about The Holy Ghost from A to Z at https://ldsbooknook.com/holyghost
08:26
April 26, 2022
Ep. 11 - Growing Up Unto the Lord: Connecting Kids with Heaven
In this episode, learn how you can help kids find their own spiritual answers by connecting them with heaven. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/growing-up-unto-the-lord to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE 🔹 Growing Up Unto the Lord is a religious book by Craig Cardon (Emeritus General Authority Seventy) that was published in 2021 🔹 What it Means to Grow Up Unto the Lord Helaman's sons, Nephi and Lehi, "began to grow up unto the Lord" even during a time of great wickedness and corruption—and we can do the same. 🔹 Teenagers: "By Divine Design, They Begin to Question" "As a divinely appointed part of their earthly experience, [teenagers] question. They want to know for themselves rather than merely accepting what others know. .... [Adolesence] is not a time to be lamented. It is an important, essential time that is to be knowingly and faithfully embraced." 🔹 Connecting Kids with Heaven Our role as parents and leaders is to connect kids with heaven so they can gain a testimony from the Holy Ghost. 🔹 Mission Distractions: "He Will Let You Know" Elder Cardon asked his father for advice at the beginning of his mission, and instead of his father sharing his own advice, he taught Elder Cardon how to find the answers by seeking revelation from the Lord. 🔹 Breaking Curfew: "Did You Hear Him?" When Elder Cardon's children would come home late, he would ask them if they had heard the Spirit speak to them. "If the child responded saying, 'No, I didn't hear anything,' we knew that as parents we had some important spiritual work to do.... However, if the response was something like, 'Yes, I heard the voice," as it most often was, we would say, 'Good. Now help us understand why you responded the way you did.'" 🔹 Dating Before 16: "Because a Prophet Said Not To" The Lord inspired Elder Cardon to hold discussions with his teenage son, and in one of their conversations, his son received a powerful spiritual witness about the prophet. 🔹 Takeaway The next time you're talking with someone close to you and they ask your advice about something, redirect them heavenward and invite them to seek their own revelation about it. That doesn't mean you can't share your own thoughts and feelings, but try to make the focus much more on the Lord than on any wisdom you might have to impart. 🔹 Quotes from President Nelson "I promise you ... that wherever you are in the world, wherever you are on the covenant path, even if at this moment you are not centered on the path, I promise you that if you will sincerely and persistently do the spiritual work needed to develop the crucial, spiritual skill of learning how to hear the whisperings from the Holy Ghost, you will have all the direction you will ever need in your life." "Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will 'grow into the principle of revelation.'"
24:23
April 19, 2022
Ep. 10 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Gives You *Direction*
Learn how the Spirit can help direct your life for good. After all, "the Lord is [your] shepherd" and won't lead you astray. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-d to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You (by Liz Kazandzhy) will be published in June and is available for pre-order Quote from D - Gives You *Direction* Throughout our lives, we face decisions that have a significant impact—choices about education, employment, marriage, child-rearing, and so on. Surely the Lord doesn’t expect us to make these major decisions all on our own! Just as the Liahona led Lehi’s family “in the more fertile parts of the wilderness” all the way to the Promised Land, so too will the Holy Ghost lead you on a prosperous life path—all the way to the Celestial Kingdom. The Lord "leadeth [us] in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake." (Psalm 23:3) I share a story about a Russian-speaker being called to Romania, which put her in a position to help Ukrainian refugees that have fled to Romania for safety Takeaways 1. Reflect on how the Spirit has directed your life so far, and thank Heavenly Father for the blessings that have come from that. 2. Pray for direction—choose an area of your life, and ask God what He would have you do next. PRE-ORDER INFORMATION You can now pre-order The Holy Ghost from A to Z, which will be released in June. $8.99 at Cedar Fort: https://www.cedarfort.com/products/the-holy-ghost-from-a-to-z $12.99 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Ghost-What-Spirit-Can/dp/1462142745 Take the Spiritual Inventory Quiz: https://ldsbooknook.com/holyghost
05:35
April 12, 2022
Ep. 9 - Is There No Other Way? Exploring Growth Through Grief
This life isn't just about GOING through trials—it's about GROWING through them. This inspiring book will teach you how to do just that. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/is-there-no-other-way to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE Is There No Other Way? is a religious book by Emily Adams published in 2020 Overview of the Book The author has firsthand experience with grief (having suffered the death of one of her identical twin boys), and she also interviewed about 50 other women about their trials How the Atonement Can Help You Grieve "There is nothing you have experienced . . . that [Jesus Christ] does not also know and recognize." "He’s not waiting for us to be perfect. Perfect people don’t need a Savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes. He’s not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt, and in our grief." Don't Feel Ashamed for Your Sorrow The Savior, who was perfect, is "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief," which is evidence that there is nothing wrong with sorrow and grief "Does perfection mean not letting words and experiences hurt us? Or does it just mean not permitting them to dull our faith and distance us from our Heavenly Father?" Don't Compare Grief "Someone who drowns in 6 feet of water is just as dead as someone who drowns in 20 feet of water. Stop comparing traumas, and stop belittling yours or anyone else’s traumas because it wasn’t 'as bad' as someone else’s. This isn’t a competition, we all deserve support and recovery." Don't use the phrase "at least" when trying to comfort someone ("At least your baby died before you could make memories with him since that would be so much harder") Instead, just say, "I'm sorry. I love you. What can I do for you?" Write a Headline for Your Hardship "Woman's Husband Has Terrible Accident that Ruins Their Life" vs. "Young Couple Remains Joyful Despite Husband's Terrible Accident" Whatever your headline is (how you feel about the trial), you begin to look for evidence to support it, so try to choose an optimistic one instead of a pessimistic one Talk About It Never underestimate the healing power of talking and the priceless gift of listening Grow Through Grief A progression from Victim to Survivor to Contributor A victim asks "Why me?" A survivor asks "Now what?" And a contributor confidently states "Now me," as in now it's my turn to help others. Takeaways 1. Think about a trial that you're going through right now and choose a headline that represents how you'd like to handle it. 2. Imagine yourself in five years telling someone about your current trial, what you learned from it, and what helped you get through it.
22:55
April 05, 2022
Ep. 8 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: *Comforts* You
The Holy Ghost is also known as the Comforter. Find out how the Spirit can comfort you in your trials, no matter how big or small. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-c to read this episode's transcript. Visit https://lizkazandzhy.com/ to learn more about the host. OUTLINE The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You (by Liz Kazandzhy) will be published in June Quote from C - *Comforts* You “As the soothing voice of a loving parent can quiet a crying child, the whisperings of the Spirit can calm our fears, hush the nagging worries of our life, and comfort us when we grieve.” What a fitting metaphor, because children cry for so many reasons! Their problems may seem trivial, but for the child, they’re very real. Likewise, whatever it is you’re struggling with—no matter how trivial it may seem—God longs to send His Spirit to comfort you. I share the story of the Spirit comforting me while waiting for my fiance's visa to be approved Takeaway: In the next prayer that you say, tell Heavenly Father about something that's been weighing on you, and ask Him for comfort. Then pay attention to the thoughts and feelings the Spirit gives you as God answers that prayer. PRE-ORDER INFORMATION You can now pre-order The Holy Ghost from A to Z, which will be released in June $8.99 at Cedar Fort: https://www.cedarfort.com/products/the-holy-ghost-from-a-to-z $12.99 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Ghost-What-Spirit-Can/dp/1462142745 Take the Spiritual Inventory Quiz: https://ldsbooknook.com/holyghost
08:13
March 29, 2022
Ep. 7 - The Gifts of Imperfection: How Vulnerability Can Conquer Shame
Do you ever get down on yourself because of your weaknesses? In this episode, find out more about Satan's tool of shame, what blessings can come from your imperfections, and how you can embrace your authentic self. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/the-gifts-of-imperfection to read this episode's transcript. OUTLINE The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown is a self-help book published in 2010 Also worth checking out are Daring Greatly and I Thought it Was Just Me, as well as her TED Talks online. Shame vs. Guilt Guilt says "you made a mistake"—shame tells you that you are a mistake. Not that you did something bad, but that you are bad. Worldly Sorrow vs. Godly Sorrow "Godly sorrow inspires change and hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Worldly sorrow pulls us down, extinguishes hope, and persuades us to give in to further temptation. True repentance is about transformation, not torture or torment. When guilt leads to self-loathing or prevents us from rising up again, it is impeding rather than promoting our repentance." (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf) "Actually Doing Okay" I share a story about a horrible day of parenting and how I managed to conquer shame by practicing self-compassion and seeing myself as a whole The Blessings of Weakness Because we're imperfect, we get to practice courage, compassion, and connection. Weakness also makes us humble, which can lead us to God, who can make us stronger than we ever could be on our own Taking the Plunge into Authenticity "Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen." Learning to Embrace My Voice I've had a long journey of learning to accept my voice because it's so low—first as a musician and now as a podcaster. Takeaways 1. Make a list of the unhealthy things you tend to do when you feel shame. Then make a list of healthier ways you could handle those difficult moments. 2. Ask for help. Think about something you need, something you might be afraid to admit because it'll show your weakness. Tell a trusted friend or family member how you're feeling and how they could help. Important Caveat Some ideas in the book can be interpreted in a way contrary to the gospel Read Brené Brown's books (and all books) with the Spirit so that He can help you discern truth from error Episode next week: C - The Holy Ghost Can *Comfort* You Episode in two weeks: Is There No Other Way? by Emily Adams
23:03
March 22, 2022
Ep. 6 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Strengthens Your *Bonds* With Others
Discover how the Holy Ghost can strengthen your relationships with your family, friends, and others. Also, you can now pre-order The Holy Ghost from A to Z, which will be released in June! $8.99 at Cedar Fort: https://www.cedarfort.com/products/the-holy-ghost-from-a-to-z $12.99 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Ghost-What-Spirit-Can/dp/1462142745 Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-b to read this episode's transcript.
08:58
March 16, 2022
Ep. 5 - The Morning Breaks: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
In this special episode, learn more about Ukraine and its inspiring history, including the blessings the Lord promised this great country. The next episode will discuss chapter *B* from The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You. And you can get ready for the episode after that by reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/ukraine to read this episode's transcript.
22:46
March 08, 2022
Ep. 4 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Brings *Abundance* to Your Life
Discover how the Holy Ghost can bring abundance to your life, no matter where you are on the spiritual spectrum right now. Get ready for the next episode by reading Atomic Habits by James Clear! Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-a to read this episode's transcript.
05:49
March 01, 2022
Ep. 3 - The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: Timeless Tidbits of Wisdom
Today's episode delves into The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, a beautiful book that teaches about charity, relationships, fear, and vulnerability. The next episode will discuss chapter *A* from The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You. And you can get ready for the episode after that by reading Atomic Habits by James Clear! Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/boy-mole-fox-horse to read this episode's transcript.
23:45
February 22, 2022
Ep. 2 - The Holy Ghost from A to Z: Introduction
Learn more about Liz's book The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You, coming out in June. In 26 brief chapters, the book will help “unwrap” the gift of the Holy Ghost so you can better recognize and receive Him into your life. Get ready for the next episode by reading The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy! Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/holy-ghost-introduction to read this episode's transcript.
08:33
February 15, 2022
Ep. 1 - The Little Prince: How to Love "The Least of These" (Even When That's Yourself)
In this week's episode, learn about two characters in The Little Prince—the rose and the drunkard—and what they teach us about charity and self-compassion. The next episode will introduce my book, The Holy Ghost from A to Z: What the Spirit Can Do for You. And you can get ready for the episode after that by reading The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy! Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/the-little-prince to read this episode's transcript.
30:13
February 08, 2022
Ep. 0 - Wisdom from the Best Books: What to Expect from this Podcast
Welcome to Latter-day Saint Book Nook! Learn the “who, what, when, where, and why” of this podcast, and most importantly, how it can help you in your life. Get ready for the next episode by reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry! Visit https://ldsbooknook.com/introduction to read this episode's transcript.
09:30
January 13, 2022