with so many wonderful words and memories having been shared, i would just add one more. bishop miller always made me feel that i was better than i was-- that my accomplishments were larger, my talents more refined, my importance more vast than was actually the case. but to see my own limitless potential through the eyes of someone so caring and trusting made me believe that, even if i wasn't there then, i could get there some day. and what a blessing that was. what a blessing he and his family were. and what prayers i have that the blessings they need are finding them now.
I am not very good at sharing memories, and hesitate to do so after reading so many wonderful posts about Bishop Miller. I just remember having never felt so heard and respected. I remember nodding my head and saying "perfect" when I found out he was called to be bishop. He made you feel like you mattered, even when you weren't so sure of it yourself.
How can one put into words the influence for good this man has had on me and my family? From raising difficult teens, Jonny's heart surgery, serving under his leadership as Bishop and Stake Presidency Counselor, his smiles and hearty laugh, his bear hugs, . . . . We are better for having the privilege of spending time in this mortal life with Dan Miller. Diane, Kevin, Kari: our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The song "Each Life that Touches Ours for Good" certainly applies to the life of Dan Miller. He touched me and SaraLynn for good. Fond are the memories I have, most particularly as his home teacher and then home teaching his mother. Our church service overlapped when I was in Midland and my memories are the same as all who have posted here, cheerful, upbeat, can do attitude, interest in people over programs, and on and on. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diane, Kari and Kevin at this sad time.
I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with the Millers as part of the Allstate family here in Florida for the last 3 plus years. Since my first day of meeting him I rarely experienced Dan without a smile or grin on his face even in somewhat stressful situations. He always had kind words to make you feel like you were a special person and I always loved to hear his stories as he paused and smiled in between the different story lines. I was blessed to have his "joyful" spirit in my life. My heart goes out to each and every family member and friend. He will be greatly missed by so many and what wonderful stories I have read for his family to cherish. The first thought that came to my mind was how he still opened the car door for Diane, it always moved me. Many prayers for his family.