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Hi I'm Talise

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a busy mom of four awesome kids, a wife to a wonderful husband, and I fill other roles such as daughter, sister, auntie, friend, soccer mom, carpool driver, school volunteer, piano teacher, and household manager. In addition, I co-direct a local LDS women's vocal group in which I sing and accompany. My family takes first priority in my life, but my group is an excellent outlet for me to use my talents in which I earned my two bachelor's degrees in music. For hobbies I love to read, hike, learn, exercise, watch movies, attend Broadway musicals, eat cookies, and visit with friends. Although I find pleasure in recreation and a little indulgence (chocolate), my family is the very most important thing to me because they bring me deep and abiding joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home in which I was taught about Jesus Christ, the Bible, setting high standards, and to pray every day. While attending a Christian youth camp during the summer before my senior year of high school, I had an experience that led me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The pastor asked the campers to find a quiet spot around the lake and pray to God. While doing so, I had a warm, happy feeling enter my heart accompanied by a clear thought or prompting to find a church in which I could feel this way always. This thought was confirmed a second time the next day as I departed from camp. Once home I started searching for a new church home and eventually asked my "Mormon" friends at school about their church, but mostly just out of curiosity since I thought Mormons weren't even Christians. They assured me that Mormons are most certainly Christians- the name of Christ is the most important part of the title of their church! Because of this fact I was willing to learn more. Despite the many questions I raised along the way, I will never forget how I felt during the lessons I received from the missionaries- it was a continuation of that warmth and joy I had felt while praying alone in the woods at camp the previous summer. Although they taught me some new things of which I'd never heard such as Joseph Smith's first vision, it was as if I already knew these things deep inside me- as if I was being gently reminded of eternal truths. After reading the Book of Mormon, taking the missionary discussions, and praying to know if the church was true, I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and was baptized shortly before my 18th birthday.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve in my local ward (congregation) of the church as the Primary President. Through my calling I am responsible for the 100+ children ages 18 months-11 years old, their teachers and leaders, and correct implementation of gospel instruction for the children. I love having the opportunity to work with those sweet chiIdren- they possess such innocence and faith that truly inspires me! My vocal group also serves in my community by performing for many retirement homes and community events. What a joy it is to share the gift of music with others, to bring smiles to sad faces, and help them to feel the love of our Savior through beautiful music! I am deeply thankful for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through my conversion story above and through countless moments of inspiration in the following years, I know that Heavenly Father knows each of us personally, is concerned for our spiritual welfare and wants us to feel true joy and happiness. I have learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is true and that our Savior Jesus Christ lives. Having the gospel in my life gives me perspective and comfort through the many challenges and trials of life, and a sure foundation to give me strength to be my best and help others along the way.