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Tamara Hall

Join this lively and wide ranging discussion with acclaimed author and podcast host, Tamara Hall. Ganel-Lyn and John chat about: The highs and lows of motherhood Tammy’s new book “Far Above Rubies” Tammy’s love of the Hebrew language and the insights it has added to her scripture study. Tamara Hall is an acclaimed author, podcast host, and seminary teacher. She and and her husband are the parents to four girls and live in Utah. She is a host for Time Out for Women, a featured speaker at Temple Square Youth Conferences, Retreat for Girls, girls’ camp, and has been a speaker at BYU Women’s Conference.

David Thompson

Do you feel like your worth changes based on your actions? Do you struggle with thinking you are a bad person because of a poor decision? Do you know how to reframe shame-based thinking? Learn the answers to these questions by joining us today for a fantastic episode of Real Talk and Friends featuring David Thompson—licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sexual addictions therapist. With our hosts, David discusses the three elements of effective therapy, human being vs. human doing, living with purpose, dealing with chronic mental health issues, guilt vs. shame, and so much more.

Aaron Franklin

Ganel-Lyn and Scott ask Aaron about the fundamental basics of light and how the scientific facts relate to, and even testify of, the light of Christ and His gospel. Aaron D. Franklin, who recently wrote a book called The Spiritual Physics of Light.
As someone with a PhD in electrical engineering from Purdue University, several years’ experience as a research scientist, and a current position as a professor at Duke University, Aaron is more than qualified to share his expertise on how the science of light is spiritually symbolic.

Steven Harper

If you’ve ever wanted to hear from an expert in all things church history, you must tune in to this episode! Steven C. Harper, a professor of church history and doctrine at BYU, is with our hosts to share his knowledge and insight thanks to his extensive education and experience.
He earned a MA in American History from Utah State University then went on to get his PhD in early American History from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He’s been heavily involved in the Joseph Smith Papers and the Saints volumes, and he is currently the editor-in-chief of BYU Studies Quarterly.

Christie Gardiner & Michelle McCullough

This episode of Real Talk and Friends is a fun, get-to-know-you one featuring Michelle McCullough and Christie Gardiner—hosts of their own show called Go and Be! They sit down with Ganel-Lyn and Scott to answer questions about what their show is about and who they are as women.

Susan Easton Black

Today we talk to special guest Susan Easton Black as she shares her insights on the invitation of President Russell M. Nelson to study the account of the Prophet Joseph Smith. She also shares valuable thoughts about the Prophet Joseph Smith, Emma Smith, and Hyrum Smith.

Brad Wilcox

Have you ever wondered what grace really means or how it really can help you in your life?. Enjoy this phenomenal episode of Real Talk with our dear friend Brother Brad Wilcox, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency, to talk about this and much, much more. Brother Wilcox is famous for giving the number-one most-viewed BYU devotional ever, “His Grace is Sufficient,” and he’s renowned for being a grace expert. He’s got some good news: grace is working. “It’s time to hear Him and not hear them,” he says in response to the noise of our commotional world. And to the youth, he has a special invitation to “step it up” instead of slacking off during the coronavirus pandemic: “COVID is not a vacation from your covenants.”

John Hilton III

Have you ever wondered why, as Christians and members of the Church, we don’t often associate ourselves with the cross? Do you, personally, have an aversion to the cross, meaning you don’t wear jewelry with a cross or you feel uncomfortable if it’s used as decoration? John Hilton III, professor of religion at BYU and recent author of Considering the Cross: How Calvary Connects Us with Christ, is here today with Ganel-Lyn and Scott to help answer these very questions. After diving into the history of the cross after a friend asked him why we (in the Church) focus on Gethsemane so much in reference to the Atonement, John discovered that there is a misunderstanding in our culture of the symbol of the cross.

Anthony Sweat

What are some church history topics that you have wrestled with? If you have a hard time reconciling the Church’s past, and even present, with some of your current beliefs, you don’t want to miss this episode! Ganel-Lyn and Scott have the privilege of sitting down with Anthony Sweat who is such a gift around conversations of Doctrine and Covenants and Church history. Anthony Sweat is an Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. In this episode, he dives into some controversial church history topics and he sheds light on some of the questions so many of us have. At the end of the show, listen for his invitation to: search the revelations of Doctrine and Covenants and ask for a manifestation of their truth.

Timothy Ballard

How do we bring light into the darkest places? Timothy Ballard, author of The Pilgrim Hypothesis and founder of Operation Underground Railroad, shares how he has found light amid the horrors of dark places. The path he has traveled stands as a testament that gospel principles and patterns found in the Book of Mormon can help us learn God’s will. Working with angels, knowing the power of our priesthood covenants, understanding the Savior and His Atonement, and finding our role in the Lord’s plan have all helped Ballard find light in his life, even as he faces darkness. If there’s anything he wants us to learn, it’s to act in faith and serve. “Service turns the lights on. Just serve!”

WARNING: This discussion contains details that may be upsetting to some viewers.

Hank Smith

How is Come, Follow Me going at your house? How do we approach scripture study in a new way, even if we’ve read the Book of Mormon again and again? Author, speaker, and teacher Hank Smith tackles these questions with his insightful stories and classic humor, showing that you don’t have to be perfect or do things in a conventional way to effectively learn and teach the gospel. With stories about growing to love the Book of Mormon on his mission, teaching his daughter, and tackling his family’s 98-percent-of-the-time disastrous gospel discussions, Hank will make you smile and may just help spark some inspiration in you so you can have more meaningful study.

Samantha Millburn

How do you incorporate the Doctrinal Topics in your Come, Follow Me lessons with your family? Do you teach Primary, and wonder how to better utilize the truths in your class? This conversation is for you! The My Little Latter-day Saint Library series begins with Heavenly Parents, begins a 3 book series about The Godhead. The first children's book to cover the teaching of Heavenly Mother. Doctrinal Topics have been part of the new CES Seminary & Institute program for a few years, and if you teach the Youth you will notice that each month the lessons are divided into the topics as well. We are excited for a new resource to help us with our younger children too. You willl enjoy watching this episode where Samantha Millburn discuss this with Scott & Ganel-Lyn.

Bennett and Becky Borden

In this epidsode Scott Sorentsen and Ganel-Lyn Condie to special guests Bennett and Becky Borden as they share about their journey through the paradox of being members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their experiences with same sex attraction. We go over how they were able to come back to the church, and share insights on how to include those who are living in the paradox.

T.C. Christensen

Enjoy this episode where hosts Scott Sorensen and Ganel-Lyn Condie interview T.C. Christensen, director of 17 Miracles, The Cokeville Miracle, The Fighting Preacher, and more. His passion is making faith-promoting films that allow the audience to wrestle a little bit while also coming back to God. He has learned that the common thread in church history stories is to endure to the end. T.C. loves trying to bolster people with positive stories. He wants to give people things to hold on to that help them feel better as they get up in the morning and move on with life. His hope is that people will see these experiences, these evidences of God’s love and know this: I’m worth saving.

Ganel-Lyn Condie

Ganel-Lyn Condie

Ganel-Lyn is a popular motivational speaker—known for inspiring others with her unique honesty, authenticity, and spirit. Ganel-Lyn has experienced healing from a major chronic illness and is the mother of two miracle children. After the heart-breaking suicide of her sister, Ganel-Lyn is constantly working toward prevention. She lives with an open heart and feels passionate about sharing principles that will empower others to live life with more joy. Ganel-Lyn’s talks and books have encouraged thousands of people all over the world. She loves growing older with her husband, Rob.

John Fossum

John Fossum

John Fossum was born in Missouri and spent his early years until the age of nine in New Jersey. His formative teenage years were spent in Georgia where he developed a love for playing sports and catching reptiles. After high school, John served as a missionary in the Philippines. Following his missionary experience, he attended college where he met his wife, Sarah, in poetry class. On his way to earning both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English, John worked in the construction industry and learned the value of manual labor. John has taught for the Seminaries and Institutes arm of the Church for 18 years, and he and his wife are the parents of five children and currently live in Pleasant Grove, Utah. John's hobbies include exercising and going to dinner and a movie with his wife every Friday night.