Friday, January 9, 2009

An encounter with a receptive soul

This story from East San Diego County, CA (A) is about an encounter with a receptive soul. The eagerness of the seeker to learn about the Faith is itself delightful to read about. But also noteworthy is how the friends are internalizing the concepts discussed at the recent Regional Bahá’í Conferences and acting on their understanding.

We visited a new neighborhood to see if we could find anyone who would be interested in learning about the Faith. We soon encountered a very receptive soul. He invited us into his home to listen to Anna’s presentation. By his warm reception, we knew right away that he was very open, and we felt a closeness with him. . . .

He had never heard of the Bahá’í Faith before and was enthusiastic to learn more. During Anna’s presentation, he listened with intent and asked questions with interest. This is exactly what Counsellor Juan Mora had explained at the Regional Bahá’í Conference: a receptive soul is someone who listens and asks questions with interest.

The teachers invited the seeker to join a neighborhood study circle. Not only did he want to participate, he also asked for books about the Faith so he could investigate on his own in the meantime. These were provided two days later, and a week later, we revisited him and had a wonderful discussion. He will start studying Ruhi Book 1 with the teaching team members soon.

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