Local missionary returning from the British Isles

Miranda Miller, daughter of Brad and Suzanne Miller of Bear Lake, is returning from an 18-month volunteer mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Miller is a 2010 graduate from Eisenhower High School and left the country for her full-time missionary work after completing two years of undergraduate study at Brigham Young University in Orem, Utah.

Full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints receive no financial recompense for their service. In fact, they are required to pay their own way. Missionaries consider such service as part of living a Christ-centered life.

Missionary service usually takes place during the collegiate years, and missionaries do not know where they will serve until “called” to an area of the globe by what they consider divine inspiration through church officials. Miller accepted such a call to serve and labored in the Birmingham England Mission. Additionally, she spent time preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in Wales.

Missionaries serve with an assigned companion during their tenure. Miranda served with companions from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. While ministering there, she had the opportunity to teach people from China, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Finland, Wales and England. During a recent appointment, she relates how she taught a family with young children about the purpose of life and all of us being united as God’s spiritual children. Near the end of the lesson, a 5-year-old girl stood up, grabbed her older sister by the shoulders and happily exclaimed, “That means I am a sister to the Queen of England!”

While missionaries only call home twice a year (on Mother’s Day and Christmas Day), Miller emailed home each week and kept a blog of many of her activities at sistermillerinbirmingham.blogspot.com

The community is invited to celebrate her return, enjoy photos, hear more of her experiences and rejoice in a shared witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ, during an open house on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. The open house will be held at 15360 Route 6, east of Warren, just past Howe’s True Value and Sears. Light refreshments will be served.