A Trip to Minnesota

A Trip to Minnesota

It hasn’t even been a week since we received word that Aunt Alice passed away. Last Sunday Bunni posted on Facebook in a message broadcast to family and loved ones far and wide that at the age of 91 Alice had gone home to be with Pete. Very quickly my Dad and my brother and I exchanged messages to each other. “We have to go,” Jay said. We all felt that way. Alice is the wife of my Uncle Peter Begich, my Grandpa Carl’s big brother. You know the story of Grandpa Carl and hopefully you know the story ofClick to continue…

Grandma Knows

Grandma Knows

This past week we had the opportunity to do the baptism for Sandy’s grandmother, who left this life six years go. I knew going into it that it would be a tender moment for Sandy but I was quite surprised that it ended up being the same for me. It left me to ponder, after it was done, and as we walked out of the temple we had a very interesting conversation that ended with the question: “Does Grandma know?” Too often the thought of death is one we avoid. The natural man tends to think of death with greatClick to continue…

A Family Temple Day

A Family Temple Day

We are looking to engage family in the work of family history through organizing a Family Temple Day in December 2016. The purpose of this day would be to advance the completion of family ordinance work. Wherever you are and whatever temple closest to you that you can attend would be all you would need if we coordinate the family names needing work. For example, I presently have about 148 family ordinances in my possession that need to be completed. All ordinance work must be done in order. In November, we are going to complete the baptisms, confirmations and initiatoryClick to continue…

Using Family History to Make Family History

Using Family History to Make Family History

Way out from the land of California comes word that Kirk and Daena Westover will soon be leaving for the Georgia Atlanta Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a period of two years. That will be an experience for them that no doubt will add to their family history in a significant way. As is the custom they spoke in Church before their local ward in advance of their departure. Kirk, one of our great family historians, shared a memorable message of testimony that included a fair bit of Westover family history. In blending theseClick to continue…

Memories of Mom — Sandy Westover

Memories of Mom — Sandy Westover

Editor’s Note: I did ask a few of my children to try to contribute some memories on audio for Mother’s Day knowing full well they had some great stories to tell. Every family does. While that didn’t exactly happen they did go to social media today to publicly express their feelings about their Mom. And funny how what they ended up doing was what I was hoping for in the first place. So, being the sneaky Dad that I am I lifted what they posted and archive those comments here. Some day they may prove to be valuable insight notClick to continue…