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I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on what it means to be pleasing unto God. I believe that while God’s love for us is boundless our actions don’t always please Him. There is one quote in particular that has always helped me reflect on this, ‘We love to see you at all times consorting in amity and concord within the paradise of My good-pleasure, and to inhale from your acts the fragrance of friendliness and unity, of loving-kindness and fellowship. Thus counselleth you the All-Knowing, the Faithful. We shall always be with you; if We inhale the perfume of your fellowship, Our heart will assuredly rejoice, for naught else can satisfy Us. To this beareth witness every man of true understanding.’

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I’m Catholic and I’m Christian but what I see in the Baha’i Faith [...] is the element of compassion that is needed in everyday life. Just the happiness and the joy and the peace that I see in my friends who are Baha’i. They’re not judgmental, they’re not opinionated per se, they’re just willing to help other people. To help someone is the greatest joy. It doesn’t matter if you have money, or if you don’t have money. When you help someone, our riches come from within.

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I used to be a teacher and after I became a Baha’i, I realized the Baha’i Teachings on children’s education have changed my attitude toward teaching. Maybe it’s the country that I’m from but in my culture, in the class room, the teacher has the authority to do everything. After doing Book 3 about the education of children, the Ruhi class, I realized that children—even though they are young—they are not an empty vessel for us to fill but it’s really important for us to give them the opportunity to think, and to articulate what they think. I think that’s really important. And also I’ve become much more patient!

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One of the aspects of Baha’u’llah’s Revelation that really strikes me every time, is that He states continuously in His Writings that ‘human beings have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.’ Which means that we all have a role to play in the process of contributing to a better future, to a better world, to establish a prosperous society. With the idea that it will never be achieved without the development of our virtues, the expansion of our consciousness and the implementation of our natural capacity of working with others in order to attain higher purposes. So we have to strive day and night to be able to be part of the construction of a better world. Seeing material, intellectual and social as a whole, with service to others as the arena which allows us to create new ideas, to work with others and develop the attributes and capacities that are necessary to attain the real station of humanity.

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I love being a Baha’i. One of my favorite parts about being a Baha’i is that as Baha’is we accept other Prophets of God and religious teachings along with our own. We believe they are from the same God. It gives me so much comfort when speaking to friends of other faiths (whether Christian, Buddhist, etc) that I can fully accept my own faith and theirs.

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The Baha’i Faith and the Baha’i concept is a way of life, a religion for the unity of mankind. Baha’u’llah has said that the great purpose of the Baha’i Faith is the unity of all humanity. And this is what humanity needs. Every day we are closer to achieving it, despite the difficulties, this is what humanity is attaining and what it needs. And we will always keep improving.

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During my time exploring the written word of the Baha’i Faith, I began to notice a common thread in the people of the Baha’i—each person seemed to express the understanding that choosing to love in a time of hate was indeed a revolutionary act. I think that’s incredibly beautiful. I want to be a revolutionary. This world needs love. Go be a rebel in your community.

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The Baha’i Faith is the reason and the motivation where I strive to improve my virtues every day and although I know I’m human and I’ll make mistakes I know that it’s striving towards it that will make me a better person and people around me, hopefully, can benefit from this inner betterment.

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Baha’u’llah’s message means joy because He brings me closer to God. How does one get close to God? He teaches us how. Little by little I am discovering how because I don’t know all of His Writings. Little by little I discover how He teaches us to work on all our virtues, all of these qualities of God. And how I am able to get closer to God and in that way attain what I believe all human beings want, happiness and peace.

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As I experience more time living on my own and growing closer to Baha’u’llah’s Revelation, I realize that more and more of my character starts to reveal itself. I was also recently reminded of how Baha’u’llah’s invisible hand has written down our purpose and who we are, it’s up to us to fulfill our capacity and unravel our purpose. I’ve been trying to tie this into my life as well as my quest to finding myself and am still in the process of understanding the whole concept and how it applies to me in my life. For now it still remains a question but it is slowly being answered, piece-by-piece.

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The Baha’i Faith has given me a recipe for finding true happiness, and has helped me overcome obstacles and difficulties... the Teachings are my guiding light and have given my life true purpose. The Faith has given me family all over the world. I know wherever I go, I will always feel at home, because Baha’u’llah has connected all our hearts as one.