Nancy who is
in her mid 30s and lives in Oklahoma, reconnected with a friend from high
school on Facebook, having seen a post made by that friend on her wall.
Curious, Nancy messaged her friend and asked her if she was Baha'i, and the friend
responded yes. Later they connected to discuss Nancy’s questions.
This is what
Nancy shared about wanting to become a Baha'i, when she filled out the
declaration registration form at www.bahai.us.
I have already been contacted by
a member of the Baha'i faith and after discussion my decision is clear that I
belong in the Baha'i faith community as well as wish to raise my child under
this faiths moral grounding.
her daughter are now members of the Baha'i community.
When Angie was in her late 20's, some
10 years ago when she was working as a receptionist, she met an older gentleman
who came into the office. He saw that she was frustrated and gave her a
book of Bahá'í prayers.
Angie put the little book aside and did not read it.
About 3 years ago, Angie began to
search more directly for "something different." She
investigated a number of faiths, including Christianity and Buddhism, and even
studied Islam, but none of them felt quite right for her. Angie's cousin
was also searching and knew about the Bahá'í
House of Worship in Wilmette, IL. They decided to visit this place of
Angie explained how she felt when she
first entered the gardens of the Bahá’í House of Worship.
"Immediately I knew that I
belonged. I felt comfortable!"
Angie regularly attends devotional gatherings at the Bahá’í
House of Worship and brings her 13-year-old son.
"We just like it there,” she explained.
One Sunday, by coincidence, she met the
older gentleman who had given her the Bahá'í
prayer book some ten years ago. Angie shared that while cleaning one day, she
found the little book he had given her. She was surprised that she still had it and
hadn't been tossed it out during the many moves her family made over the
Recently during a return visit to the
House of Worship, Angie asked how to learn more about the Bahá'í Faith and she was given
information. She soon after was
connected to the local Bahá’í community and invited to an "Hour of
Prayer" and from this gathering Angie began to study with others the book
“Reflections on the Life of the Spirit”
and later also “Arising to Serve.”
Her son has been invited to join the junior youth spiritual empowerment group
in his neighborhood. Angie has since
registered her declaration to become a Bahá’í and is now an enrolled member.
Conner,who lives in a small town in North Carolina,
inquired about the Baha'i Faith simply by calling 800-22UNITE and saying “Hi
there, my name is Conner and I was looking for a local Baha’i community near me.”
decided to register his belief in Baha'u'llah having researched Baha'i Faith
online after learning of it while in high school.He was raised Catholic, and is excited to
learn more.He plans to attend Community
College next year, so he will be moving soon.
is one story about what made this declaration special, as told by the host of a
recent prayer gathering.
“He was ready to declare when he attended our
devotional gathering and the Fireside that followed. He simply asked something like, "What is
the process for initiation into the Faith?" After answering his question, a declaration
card was given to him and explained.He signed it right away, and stated a desire
to engage in further study of the Faith when it can be arranged.We had 16 people in our living room with no
seat or room to spare. We were Baha'i,
Christian, Muslim; all together sharing in devotional prayer and discussion,
and a meal afterwards. These devotional gatherings are truly wonderful and we
are blessed to have such a heartwarming experience.”
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.
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 is 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 sent 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 and 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."
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.
My faith has come a long journey. Some doubt
and enduring questions. Once I figured out what I felt inside to be true I
stumbled on some literature online of the Baha'i faith. I met one person who was
actually part of the faith. Now I want to take a closer look and would like to
Danny, age 30, is now enrolled in the
Baha'i Faith and he registered his 2 year old son.
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