Sheila, from the Midwest, contacted the Bahá'ís to learn more about the Faith. Here is her story, as shared by the Bahá'í who spoke with her.
Sheila and I talked for an hour. She is almost 17, a high school sophomore, and is very interested in the life of the spirit. Through incidents in her life, Sheila has realized that she is here for a purpose. Although her family did not practice any particular religion, they felt connected to their Creator. Most significantly, her mother passed away last year, and before passing, she told Sheila that she would be praying for her in the next world. She has always felt that there is one God and that He is just called by different names.
Sheila shares how she first heard about the Bahá'í Faith, through the words of a local Bahá'í.
Sheila first heard about the Baha'i Faith from a friend at school who is Baha’i. The name “Bahá'í” stuck with her and she later went online to find out more. The more she read, the more she felt the Faith who she is. She loves the concept of the unity and also mentioned the unity of science and religion. Sheila then registered her declaration to become a member of the Bahá'í Faith, and I called her to talk with her about her decision. At first, Sheila was reconsidering joining. I encouraged her to pray about her decision, and encouraged her to call me if she wanted to talk further or text me with questions. I will send her the book Hidden Words and I told her that whenever she feels ready, we would welcome her.
Over the next several weeks Sheila prayed, read the emails that I sent her; she watched all the video links and even asked her pastor about her decision. He was supportive!
In a recent email, Sheila wrote the following.
"Everything about the Bahá'í faith is so appealing to me and I feel a spiritual pull to being a Bahá'í. I have downloaded books on my phone to read and I’ve watched all the videos. I would like to continue through with my conversion on the faith."
The Bahá'í called her back and they continued their conversation about the fundamental verities of the Faith. During the conversation, it was learned that Sheila wants to become involved in the community. She is now an enrolled member of the Bahá'í Faith. The community has embraced her and has invited her to participate in some upcoming youth events planned for the community at large.