Unique mission call allows autistic twin to serve

Jonathan Miles of the York Pennsylvania Stake very much wanted to serve a mission like his twin brother, David. But Jonathan has a mild form of autism called Asperger syndrome that prevents him from service as a full-time proselytizing missionary. So when the two young men submitted missionary papers at the same time in 2007, David received a call to the Thailand Bangkok Mission while Jonathan got an entirely different kind of letter.

"Jonathan received back an honorable release as a full-time elder," said the boys' mother Nina Miles, "and was encouraged to become a service missionary."

With the help of their bishop, Brandon Bushey, and stake president, Dennis Tyson, the Miles family made arrangements for Jonathan to fill a service mission in order to help him realize he is as important and useful as his twin brother.

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