This new Bahá’í in Tennessee shares his early impressions of the community, as well as some personal reflections about faith:
I have met with the other Bahá’ís at a reflection gathering Saturday night, it was neat . . . It's beautiful to see Persians, Indians, whites, and blacks all getting together in such unity! The Bahá’ís could very well be a wonderful example for everyone else, as there are a lot of communities which are very divided.
I've been thinking that my main goal as a Bahá’í should be to live a virtuous life. To embody certain things like chastity, temperance, prudence, charity, and all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit which were outlined by Paul in several epistles . . . I had always heard that in order to surrender something to God, you must have love for something more -- a desire for something better.