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Hi I'm Tally

I'm a mom, wife, violist, busy-body, over-analyzer and overall work-in-progress. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I met my husband on a blind date and while both in grad school. He studied law; I studied music. I taught string orchestra at several public schools and worked professionally as a studio and orchestral musician, and eventually found my passion in teaching young beginners the violin and viola. In seven years of marriage, my husband and I moved 9 times, living everywhere from Manhattan to the Pacific Northwest. We finally settled back in Salt Lake City this past Spring. We loved living all over the country, fell in love with the amazing food in New York, the incredible hiking in the Pacific Northwest, and are happy to be back in the Wasatch Mountains. When I'm not chasing my toddler, you can find me reading Cook's Illustrated, out on a run, reading design blogs, hiking in the mountains, reading a Jane Austen novel, or watching a musical (Sound of Music and Calamity Jane are my all-time favorites).

Why I am a Mormon

After I was baptized, an incredible Spirit came over me. Though I was only eight years of age, I was moved to tears. I wanted to do all that I could to make that feeling stay. I have had that same peaceful Spirit return several times - at Church, while worshiping in the Temple, listening to the voice of the living Prophet, and reading the Bible and Book of Mormon. I know that feeling comes from my Heavenly Father. When I have that feeling I know that God is real, that He lives, and that He cares about and is involved in the details of my life. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that it is only through Him that we are able to return to live with God and our eternal families. I am grateful to be a member of a Church that holds Jesus Christ to be the ultimate Example of how we should live. He lived and He died for us. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we may be saved." (Acts 4:12) I know that God Himself is the leader of this Church and that He speaks directly with our Prophet. I know that God never changes, that He is constant and consistent and loving. I know He loves every person on this earth, loving all of us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our Mediator, our path back to our Father in Heaven. I know He lives. His influence can be seen in each of our lives every day, if we but take the time to look for and acknowledge it.

How I live my faith

Much of my adulthood has been spent learning the hard lesson of the Lord's timing in several areas of my life. Through trying experiences I have come to know that the Lord listens to prayers and answers them according to His will, in His time. The challenge is finding the strength to endure as the Lord molds us and shapes us through the trial. I find strength in reading the Bible and Book of Mormon and listening to our living Prophet. One scripture that gives me great strength and hope is Isaiah 41:13: "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." I know that the Lord answers prayers and gives us strength to endure when we ask Him for help and show our willingness to do whatever is required of us. It takes a great deal of faith and patience (the hardest part for me!), but His help does come. God is always listening, and always there to help us. I live my faith by doing all that I can to be at every Sunday meeting, spend time reading the scriptures daily, and continue to work on having meaningful prayer morning and night. It isn't always easy, but when I give the Lord a portion of my day through study and prayer, I feel of His love and have an increased desire to serve others. I also try to be careful about what I watch and read, to be sure that we can always have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our home.