The Faith has been a lamp mirroring and reminding me of the light within all beings and myself. Day-by-day it gently lifts my veils of misconception; it reminds me we all possess pure and radiant hearts. It creates communities, which make me feel like I am coming home. It encourages me to celebrate my culture and faith together. To me it truly is a living definition of oneness.

We’re each on our own spiritual journeys of discovery, and for me this journey was a struggle. I truly connected with the Baha’i Faith in my heart only when the Teachings became more than a mere set of principles acceptable to the mind, and I connected with God, recognized the transformative power and found purpose in my life through service: ‘The more we search for ourselves, the less likely we are to find ourselves; and the more we search for God, and to serve our fellow-men, the more profoundly will we become acquainted with ourselves, and the more inwardly assured. This is one of the great spiritual laws of life.’

Ever since I was young my parents were super involved in the core activities so I was raised going to children’s class, and junior youth group — it’s funny, the junior youth group was me, my brother and my sister and our mother was our animator. So our whole experience was the way the core activities influence community life. And when I moved to a more populated area I felt like that was part of who I was, part of what I wanted to do with my time, and so getting involved in the activities was super cool and just to see, from when I moved here till now, how communities have changed and how it’s not just from one day to another, but over time the whole foundations of these communities have changed. And to know that I was able to just be a part of it and experience that has been really, really cool.

The Teachings of the Faith have made me see hope and love all around. They have allowed me to serve alongside souls who are truly concerned about the spiritual affairs of the world, who are detached from material things, who sacrifice their own time and resources for their love of serving others, who see every hiccup as a learning opportunity instead of failure, and who strive to be better every day... I find that there’s no greater feeling of gratitude than waking up every morning and knowing the joy the Faith brings to one’s soul and the spiritual journey we’ve embarked upon in this beautiful but challenging world.

The true nature of man is its spiritual nature and in this life we are developing the spiritual qualities that God has given us to prepare us for the next life, as in our mother’s womb we were developing the physical qualities we were going to need in this world.

The Baha’i Faith gives me the biggest potential view or outlook on the world... I was born and raised in a Baha’i home and in a Baha’i family but what kept me is the inclusivity, generally speaking. I find it very non-judgmental. I never feel that I have anything to prove to anyone else other than myself... I feel that my spiritual growth is between me and Baha’u’llah.

The Baha’i Faith has renewed hope and made the vision of peace on earth more of a plausible reality. There is so much in the Writings about the vision of a unified world. There are character traits explained in detail that help create this unity among all peoples. The Ruhi books have brought me such spiritual education, and the people I have met through the Faith have all been positive influences on my family and myself. The Baha’i Faith has brought me hope, community, and a more clear vision of the work ahead towards a peaceful world.

What attracts and impresses me the most about the Baha’i Faith is the emphasis on service. The capacity to serve others in an entirely selfless manner and with a radiant spirit of joy, leaving behind any personal or social affairs is one of the most beautiful acts to exist. This act is akin to the adoration of God Himself and therefore, if we put it into practice in our day-to-day lives with not only our friends but the rest of mankind, it will advance us with the utmost certainty to the unity of all humanity.

What drew me to the Baha’i Faith was the invitation to participate in a meaningful way from the time that I was a child. There was very little that was handed down to me as a finalized product that I had to take on and accept and to live, or that was imposed on me. There were opportunities to start working, to change events, activities and community life. I was invited to change all those things, even as a child.

I’m so grateful to the House of Justice for bringing the Institute Process to the world. It’s hard to fathom the profound impact it’s had on my life. Everything has changed. My perspective on success, happiness, wealth, the nature of life has been transformed by my involvement in the Institute Process and my love for Baha’u’llah has strengthened through it...