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.

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 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 . The Reluctant Blogger is Ryan’s first novel.

Richard Gardner Interview – Episode 154

Richard Gardner was Born in Logan, UT but has since visited or lived in 49 US States. Richard graduated from Utah State with a degree in biology then went on to Graduate from the University of Arizona with a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Richard completed a 6 year postdoc term at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, studying the genetics of  yeast cell cycle control. Richard then took a job in 2004 teaching biology at Southern Virginia University. Richard and his wife have 6 children and enjoys hiking and photography. Richard is the author of the book THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL: EXPLORATIONS INTO THE WORKINGS OF THE ATONEMENT.

Nick Galieti Interview on Mormon Discussion Podcast – Episode 150.2

Nick Galieti, producer and host of The Good Word Podcast was interviewed as part of a cross-promotional effort with Bill Reel of the Mormon Discussion Podcast. This episode of our podcast is kind of a part 2 of our interview with Bill Reel. This episode is a rebroadcast of his podcast and in his format.

The Mormon Discussion podcast features interviews and content for those that are navigating a faith crisis. As an author of Tree of Sacrament, a producer and director of multiple documentaries, Nick Galieti was also interviewed to talk about his various projects as well as his upcoming book, The Exaltation Equation.

Please visit to listen to episodes of Mormon Discussion.

Bill Reel Interview – Episode 150

Welcome to our 50th episode of The Good Word podcast. We are going change our format slightly to mark the occasion. In a cross promotion of sorts, I will be appearing as a guest on the Mormon Discussion Podcast hosted and produced by OUR guest for this episode, Bill Reel.

Bill Reel was first converted and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 17. Later Bill served as a bishop in Ohio after navigating a faith crisis following his baptism. Bill started the Mormon Discussion podcast to assist others who ran into doubts about their faith. The mormon discussion podcast can be found at

Ryan Larsen Interview – Episode 145

Ryan is an avid writer and musician from the time of his childhood in Kearns, Utah. After graduating from Kearns High School with a differentiated degree in music, Ryan attended Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah where he studied music education. Since 2010, Ryan has been a member of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


Many writers have influenced Ryan’s writing, but the three foremost are J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, and P.G. Wodehouse. Luckily, when he writes it doesn’t usually come out as a mix between the three! Ryan is the author of Dawn Quealy I: Tilting at Vending Machines, his debut novel that is available both in paperback and e-book through

Click here to buy Ryan Larsen’s book.

Kylee Shields Interview – Episode 143

Kylee Shields has traveled the world but currently calls Arizona her home.. She graduated from BYU with a BA in English and a minor in Linguistics. With passions in Social Work, Kylee works as a Shadow (otherwise known as a family therapist) at The Anasazi Foundation, who’s work focuses on children in their teenage years..

When she is not being a counselor, Kylee love listening to and producing music—singing, writing songs, and playing the piano. She is the author of the book Make it Happen: A guide to Happiness for Lds Singles.

To find out more about Kylee Sheilds, and to buy her book, click here.

Anthony Larson Interview – Episode 136

In our second interview with Anthony Larson, he explains fundamental terms used in his writings on revelation, cosmology, the electric universe, etc. Anthony Larson also applies these ideas to a more common understanding found in LDS culture and doctrine, and how these teachings relate to individual salvation.

Here are links to the two articles referenced in the interview:

Prophecy for Dummies

What does cosmology have to do with my salvation?

Visit Anthony Larson’s website Mormon Prophecy.