Join the Westover Family Christmas Card Exchange

Join the Westover Family Christmas Card Exchange

Christmas! Yes, I’m going there. I know it’s only August. But I tried to set up a family Christmas card exchange last year and failed spectacularly. I think I got it up too late and didn’t put enough push behind it. This year I vow to do better. So, here’s the deal: the Westover Family Christmas Card Exchange is opened to all registered users of the site. But to participate in the exchange you will need to sign up. I’m not expecting huge numbers. But I am hoping enough of us sign up that we get a good little exchangeClick to continue…

Our Family in the Spirit World

Our Family in the Spirit World

It has been something of a difficult year. This week we noted the passing of two more family members, the latest felt very keenly with my wife and her dear family. It is a tender time. It is amazing to me how losing a loved one re-centers me. I have found that even attending a funeral for someone who is not a family member touches me on a very fundamental level and reminds me how the things of this world pale in comparison to the eternal principles of love. A good death, it seems, leads to a greater appreciation forClick to continue…

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…