For more than a decade Electa Westover faced a spiritual crisis. Widowed, her children in the care of others, and her own future and happiness in doubt, Electa was searching for answers. They came when her sister sent Mormon missionaries from nearly a hundred miles away. She embraced the restored gospel and then shared it with her son Edwin. He married in 1844 and had his son, Edwin L. Westover, with his bride Sarah. But just months after little Edwin was born, Sarah died, leaving Edwin a very young widower. Suddenly Edwin had a great deal in common with his mother and he started his own search for answers. It was only natural that Electa would share what she had found in Mormonism. With both baptized they joined the Latter-day cause, joining up with others headed west from Winter Quarters. From that point forward the Westover story continued as Mormon pioneers.