Monday, April 15, 2013

Youth Who Declared Online: “Where has this been all my life?”

Here is a brief story from the Midwest region who encountered the Faith online thanks to an important Baha’i number—see below—and declared her belief online.

We have a new youth declarant who actually signed up online. She has been contacted and came with her parents to a Holy Day party last Friday. She brought her dad and stepmother too. She didn't know this, but there are so many connections. Her stepmom is Muslim. She has worked at a company since she came to the U.S. more than 15 years ago, which is owned by a Persian Baha'i. The stepmom has been aware of the Faith for a long time. Completely separately, the youth found and studied the Faith online and declared before she met any Baha'is. She has been brought up learning about numerous faith traditions. Her birthday is on the ninth of the month, so she has always been drawn to the number 9. She was Googling 9 sided symbols when the Baha'i Faith kept coming up. She studied about the Faith and said ‘where has this been all my life?’ Wow!

Regarding Baha’i youth who enter the arena of service, Baha’u’llah writes:

Blessed is he who in the prime of his youth and the heyday of his life will arise to serve the Cause of the Lord of the beginning and of the end, and adorn his heart with His love. The manifestation of such a grace is greater than the creation of the heavens and of the earth. Blessed are the steadfast and well is it with those who are firm.

(The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 415)

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