January 29, 2018


Rapid City,South Dakota,USA


Re: Hello!

Love you!

On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 9:39 AM, Claire Westlake <> wrote:

Yay on all your performing! That made my day because I know it brought the
Spirit to so many people. So proud of you!
On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 8:36 AM, Cade Westlake <> wrote:
Thank you for ordering the garments for me! :) I am saving the old ones
lol, paint apparently seeps through the top layer of clothing who knew lol
Service is going well, teaching is going well, thank you for letting me
know who likes my letters :) The Buhr's send me an email each week
I'm glad the choir is going well :)
We like to make sure to get people to send photos home :)
Thank you for letting me know about Grandpa :)
I played organ in Sacrament and Come Thou Fount as a musical number. Lots
of people loved it and told me they did :)
Love you!
On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 11:12 PM, Claire Westlake <> wrote:
Dear Son,
I ordered your garment tops. I got the crew cut for you. You should
receive them shortly. I would save the old ones for when you paint next.
How are the service projects and teaching going? I love your letters!
I see tremendous growth in you.Bob Buhr talked about you today. I am
guessing he is sending you letters. Sister Lee said she loved reading your
letters too. Any snow?
The choir sang The Lord is My Shepherd today. I had three men come up
to me and say "I had shivers run up and down my spine (Brother Harpool)
Bruce Schumacher said how great it was and I asked him to start coming.
Then a new man Brother Wilhelm started bawling in the bass section on the
first verse. He was so overcome with the Spirit. Mitch Coombs also came up
and apologized for not coming to choir. That was his way of saying how
much he loved it and that he wanted to come to practice. You wouldn't
believe what they are doing! They are singing with the Spirit and it sound
like angels are singing with them. It's life-changing. It is so cool! I am
trying very hard to find the right pieces for them. I have been
particularly impressed with doing Primary arrangements. I also want to
start a tradition with missionary farewells.
We are doing OK. We love the pictures that your people are sending us.
We never had that with the other boys. E-mail wan't really around during
Jason's mission and only half-way during Ryan's mission but no cell phone
I best let you go. Can't wait to read your letter!
Dad has a flash drive full of Westlake pictures but I have to wait until
he is ready with them before he will let me send one. Here is a tidbit
about him. He was on his way to Alaska when he came into Raymond, Idaho
where Reha's family lived. He fell in love with her, joined the church,
waited a year and got married in the temple. They bought their first little
home in Bennington. Grandpa was a welder during WWII, working on building
ships I think. In Bennington he drilled water wells all over the tri-state
area. He served in the bishhopric. He LOVED to fish. He was a wonderful
Love ya,
Elder Westlake
Love ya,
Elder Westlake


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