Ty Mansfield Interview – Episode 2.5

Ty Mansfield is a marriage and family therapist currently living in Provo, Utah, with his wife and their two kids. He chronicled his own spiritual journey with same-sex attraction as co-author of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction (released by Deseret Book, in 2004) and later compiled Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction—An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays (also released by Deseret Book in 2011). He also co-directs the Voices of Hope Project, a website extension of the book, and has been featured in the May/June 2013 issue of LDS Living magazine and on the Church website mormonsandgays.org. Ty is a co-founder and the current president of the nonprofit organization North Star, a faith-affirming support organization for LDS individuals and families affected by homosexuality and who desire to live within the framework of the doctrines and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Visit Voices of Hope here.

For more on the NorthStar organization click here.

Studio C – Mallory Everton and Matt Meese Interview – Episode 2.2

Studio C is a sketch comedy television show produced by BYUtv. The show traces its roots to the BYU sketch comedy troupe Divine Comedy, from which all cast members are current or former members. The show aims to produce clean, family-oriented comedy for a national audience.

Our guests on this episode are two of the shows main writers and actors, Mallory Everton and Matt Meese.

Mallory Everton is a Portland, Oregon native, as demonstrated by her hippie-ish, grunge-loving hair and the fact that she sometimes cries when she sees especially tall trees. She owes any good qualities she possesses to her incredible family; all her other qualities were acquired from watching too much television and listening to boy band music before we knew what it would do to our brains. She studied film at Brigham Young University where she emphasized in screenwriting, editing, and directing. She’s also an avid distance-runner, music-lover, and pizza-eater. 

Mallory stumbled into sketch comedy as a freshman in college when she went to see Whitney Call (a good friend from her childhood; also a Portlander, also emotional about trees) audition for Divine Comedy at BYU. She quickly realized that nothing could be more fun than sketch comedy, and it’s all been downhill from there. And by downhill, she means awesome.

Matt is probably best known for his work with Divine Comedy, BYU’s premiere sketch comedy troupe. It was there that he met fellow Studio C cast members Jason Gray, Mallory Everton, and Whitney Call. The four became fast friends, and began writing sketches together. When the time came to assemble a writing/performing team for Studio C, Matt was an obvious choice. 

Born in New Jersey, and raised in Phoenix, Matt graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Psychology. Given the vast amount of time he spent writing and performing, however, he feels that what he really studied in college was sketch comedy. Greatest achievement to date: having a proud mother.

Visit Studio C or watch episodes online here.

Year 1 in Review – Year 2 What’s New

In this episode, Nick Galieti goes back through some of what happened in our first year of The Good Word as well as look forward to the changes that are being made for the new year. Also, since we never included the episode of The Cultural Hall where Nick Galieti was interviewed, we will tag that on at the end.

Some great new changes are coming, stay tuned for more great guests and interviews, as well as some surprises for our loyal listeners.

Dan Wells Interview – Episode 166

Dan wells was born in Utah to parents who were avid readers of Science fiction and Fantasy. That influence spread quickly and in second grade Dan announced to his parents that he was going to be a writer. He started writing a Choose Your Own Adventure book about a maze that was literally impossible to escape—no matter which options you chose, you just kept going around in circles. A real never ending story. After realizing what a cruel joke that was to his readers, Dan changed his writing style.

After abandoning later plans to become a poet, Dan returned to his childhood tutelage and became absorbed in science fiction and historical fiction. Meanwhile his life continued. He was married, had five kids, and worked in marketing and as an advertising writer at a string of local corporations, hawking everything from shampoo to fitness machines to humanitarian sponsorships.

Today, Dan Wells is an accomplished writer and co-host of a weekly podcast called Writing Excuses. He joins us all the way from Stuttgart Germany via Skype.

Read Dan’s blog here, or listen to his Podcast Writing Excuses here.

L.T. Downing Interview – Episode 165

Lisa Torcasso Downing is an award-winning writer and advocate for the advancement of Mormon Letters, Her writing career began in the 1990’s with fiction storiesfor young people in the Friend and New Era magazines. She then branched out in what she affectionately calls “unauthorized” mormon journals and magazines. She has served as editor for Irreantum, the literary journal published by the Association for Mormon Letters, as well as Sunstone.


Downing currently resides in Texas, though she has called both California and Utah her home. She received a Bachelors degree in English from Brigham Young University and an Masters from Texas A&M-Commerce. She taught writing at Collin College and is a proud member of the the up-and-coming Rowlett Writer’s Workshop. She is an active, believing Latter-day Saint, a wife of nearly 30 years and the mother of three. L.T. Downing as she is known in her writing, is the author of Island of the Stone Boy and Get That Gold!, the first book in the Adventures of the Restoration series.

For more information on L.T. Downing or to buy her books, click here.

Melissa J. Cunningham Interview – Episode 164

Melissa J. Cunningham turned forty-three this year. She feels that pretty much says it all. Since I am not a 43 year old woman from Brigham City, UT. I have to know more of what that means.

Melissa is a mother of five, who lives with horses, dogs, cats and chickens. When she is not helping her husband run their plumbing business, she loves to run, write, read and soak in the tub although not necessarily in that order.

After overcoming years of struggles and multiple unpublished efforts, Melissa Cunningham wrote the book Reluctant Guardian and was accepted for publishing in only August 2013, just two months ago. And here we are today, book in hand!

To buy a copy of Reluctant Guardian by Melissa J. Cunningham, click here.

S.D. Kupiec Interview – Episode 161

S.D. Kupiec was born and raised in Silver City, NM. She now lives in Utah with her husband and five children. When she’s not writing, she’s folding the never-ending mountain of laundry and cuddling with her babies, old and young.


She is the author of the book SHY. Click her to visit S.D. Kupiec’s facebook page.

To buy a copy of Shy by S.D. Kupic, click here.

Mark Staker Interview – Episode 158

Mark Lyman Staker has a Ph.D., Cultural anthropology from the University of Florida. Mark began work as curator of the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City in 1993. For more than twelve years Mark has been involved in historic sites restoration and nineteenth-century expressions of the Latter-day Saint experience. He received the J. Talmage Jones Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Article on Mormon History from the Mormon History Association and has been involved in numerous museum exhibits. He and his wife, Kimberly L. Staker, are the parents of seven children and live in West Bountiful, Utah. Mark Staker is the author of Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations.

Best Book Award – Mormon History Association

Best Book Award – John Whitmer Historical Association

To purchase Mark Staker’s Book, click here.

Christy Monson Interview #2 – Episode 156

Christy has published articles in The Ensign, Friend, and other children’s periodicals. Christy Monson received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNLV and established a successful counseling practice. She and her husband are now retired and living in Ogden, UT. Christy Monson first appeared on The Good Word podcast back in Episode 119. She is back to talk more about her book, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen, and Becoming Free: A Woman’s Guide to Internal Strength.

Visit ChristyMonson.com for more information on her books.

Ryan Rapier Interview – Episode 155

RYAN RAPIER is an Arizona native and through the course of his life has come face to face with a rattlesnake more than once. For that reason alone, he would likely have left the desert behind years ago were it not for one thing—the luxury of year-round golf. When Ryan isn’t on the course or in front of a computer screen, he can usually be found chasing behind his four children or doing errands for his amazing wife in the isolated beautiful valley they have both called home forever. Ryan’s thoughts and opinions that concern nobody but himself can be found at his website http://www.ryansrapierwit.com . The Reluctant Blogger is Ryan’s first novel.