Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"I’m grateful to have my brother show me this [Faith]"

This is a story about two brothers, Aaron and Ben, who learned about the Baha'i Faith, and upon becoming new believers, served together as animators of youth groups and assistants to children's class teachers. 

Aaron in his early 20s learned about the Faith after discovering the book "The Reality of Man" on his mother's bookshelf, who happens to not yet be an enrolled member of the Baha'i Faith.   Later, while in college, Aaron enrolled in a course on world religions and though the Baha'i Faith was never mentioned, he researched it anyway. Searching online, Aaron liked what he read and he also bought some Baha'i books from Amazon including Gleaning.  Aaron reached out to the Baha'is through www.bahai.us and received contact, including emails and links to online videos and other information.  He later met the Baha'is and mentioned that he really liked the principles and found the information he was sent to be helpful.  A month after contacting the Baha'is, he registered his declaration, and is now an enrolled member of the Baha'i Faith. 

A Baha'i who saw him, shared . . .  

“We saw him at Unit Convention and he was beaming.  He had [already] visited the House of Worship in Wilmette.” 

Ben, his brother, who is 17 years old, learned of the Baha’i Faith from Aaron, while visiting with him for several months, where he began helping Aaron with children’s classes, a junior youth group, and a campaign to start 2 new junior youth groups!   

Ben shared that he enjoys  . . .  

“ . . . the idea of knowing I’m helping others, and leading them in the right place”.

Ben just completed his study of the junior youth empowerment series to become an animator of junior youth groups in his community.  He has been studying Reflections on the Life of the Spirit and will soon participate in a regular one once he moves to his new community out of state where he will return to school.   In the meantime, Ben is reading Baha’u’llah and the New Era and has just received the book the Kitáb-i-Aqdas.

Ben shared this about his experience in becoming a Baha'i . . .  

What made sense to me is that He [Baha’u’llah] is the most recent Messenger from God for this time.  It makes sense that the messages mean the same thing like 2000 years ago.  I’m grateful to have my brother show me this.”



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