Star in Your Own Life—Tayva Patch
The beautiful face of Tayva Patch and her exceptional talent is recognized by just about anyone who has viewed Church film productions in the last thirty years. From portraying Lucy Mack Smith in the Church feature film, Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration, to her most recent touching role in Mormon Message’s Enduring Love, Tayva has blessed countless lives.
Tayva passed away November 21, 2015 at age 62. A month or so ago, her husband, Brian, sent the following letter to his friends and family members. With his kind permission, this will serve as my cogitation this month.
March 1, 2016
Wonderful Friends and Family,
As I was going through Tayva’s computer this past week, I found a letter she wrote to a young woman in one of the BYU wards about her path into acting. As Tayva became more recognized over the years for her acting roles, she was frequently asked by hopeful young people how she did it, wondering if it would be possible for them to do the same, and did she have any advice for them. She would graciously talk with them about the pathway that led to so many roles for her. She would tell them about her early fears that having four children to raise and a husband to take care of would impact her availability for many of the roles she wanted, only to learn later in her career that those family years actually prepared her for her greatest roles.
She would always finish her advice to these young people by saying, “Star in your own life.”
Tayva titled this letter “Things I Wish I’d Known,” and her insight about individual talent is thought provoking. It included this excerpt: