"The message of Baha'u'llah gave me a purpose and encouraged me to strive to be a better person every day."
The Baha'i Faith has shifted my life...I act, I work, I talk in a different way from everyone around and it makes me happy and it makes everyone around me happy."
"I am a Baha'i from the Fiji islands. The best way that I can describe the Faith is that is it the one constant in my life. And the more I immerse myself into its Teachings and service with friends from all walks of life, the better I develop as an individual in the community that I am in, on a social and hopefully spiritual level."
“Baha’u’llah changed or influenced my life in many ways but I think the most important thing that changed or helped me to see my purpose in life is to align my actions, my thoughts, to help to serve other people. When I was growing up, I was focusing only on my own life and the life of my family, my own growth and development, particularly the material aspect but you know, one of His teachings to see everyone as one humanity, therefore we need to treat everyone, whatever colour or nationality or religion and so on as our brothers and sisters. So I see everyone and try to treat everyone I meet, thinking that they are my brothers. So I like to treat them fairly, as I would treat my siblings.”
"I was 21 when I decided to 'own it' (my faith). I was more mature, in college and I was able to see clearly the banalities in society around me and I wanted to be the change, make a meaningful difference and surround myself with like-minded individuals looking to also work together regardless of their beliefs. We started having meaningful conversations while studying, sharing the Baha'i principles of oneness, equality of men and women, justice, of service to humanity. A Jehovah's Witnesses friend I went to school with was recently in Chicago and remembered I had talked about the House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois and went with her father because she remembered her Baha'i friend fondly and wanted to visit one of our sacred places. That was such a sweet realization to see how you can create a lasting impression in those around you and how they perceive what you believe in. It is also a great responsibility."
"All of a sudden I realized that, in my search for truth, I had already jumped into the unknown only to find Him there holding me in His arms. I thank God every day for this."
"I grew up in the Baha'i Faith and was always an active, devoted believer. But I didn't appreciate the transformative power of the Faith until I had the privilege to serve at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel. My time there was challenging on every level--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The difficulties and obstacles I experienced there tested my faith in ways that I never could have imagined, nor sufficiently describe here. Yet, through these tests, my faith was strengthened and purified. I learned to love my self again through loving and serving others. And by learning to love my self, my life was transformed."
"I began searching. At that time, I even began to say the prayer that Jesus gave us... "Our Father, Who art in Heaven..." I started to say it every day, every day, every morning I said, "O God, guide me! Guide me!" One day I met - I visited- a friend and I saw a book on his table, Thief in the Night, by Williams Sears, and I opened it and read two or three pages and told myself that I had found something really extraordinary... One year or so before, my step mother, who never became a Baha'i and who was killed during the genocide, brought home some Baha'i prayers. She loved these prayers but she never accepted the Baha'i Faith... One time I asked her, what does He say about Jesus Christ. She told me, "He says He is a Prophet like all the others." That wasn't the right answer to me so I didn't investigate any further. Two years later, when I was looking and I was tired of fighting myself... I found the Baha'i Faith and this time, I was really excited! But I was also afraid...afraid of losing my connection to Jesus Christ... so in searching this time...I read and I read all the books I could find in French and I think I was swept away by the beauty of the Writings."
"Baha’u’llah brought me certitude about the purpose of my life. He made it clear to me that I had a mission to carry forward in my short existence here. Is there a greater gift you can receive in this life?"
"The broad vision that the Faith gives us, that we're somehow contributing to the advancement of society, that really gives something to think about in terms of every decision that I make. I'm at a lot of turning points in my life and I'm trying to learn about the work in my field and service to the community and I feel that that perspective is kind of unique for a lot of Baha'is because we understand this broader picture - or we're trying to understand -- that there are forces of disintegration and integration and we have that conviction so we try to align ourselves with it."
"One of the Teachings of this Faith that I was really attracted to is the equality of men and women. When I came across this principle... I said, "Yes! This is how it should be!" This idea that men are breadwinners and women should stay at home and do all the work - it is not fair in all means. Men and women should have equal rights and opportunities in all walks of life. This means that men should share his rights and opportunities with women and vice versa... Abdu'l-Baha says, 'The world of humanity has two wings—one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly."
" 'O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty?...' This quote made me understand who Bah'u'llah really was and it answered a question about the nature of my existence. I owe this to Him."
"The principle of the Baha'i Faith that really changed my life is service ... we are all the time helping each other to do things, to achieve things, but to help people in a spiritual way, for me, it's very, very different... Here in Beunos Aires we found a neighbourhood and the Auxillary Board offered me, or he asked me, if I'd be willing to move there as a pioneer. I was 25, five years ago, and I decided to quit my job and to move there. Once I got there, there was nothing in my apartment. I didn't have a bed for one year and a half, I had a mattress but not a specific bed. And I remember the first period of time just calling himself to pray and asking for help from Baha'u'llah. I had a dream with the Guardian. And he told me, "When you get to the apartment just put a sign on your door that you're a teacher." So when I got to this apartment in this neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, I put up a sign. And the day after, somebody knocked on my door and it was a mom, a neighbour, and she had an 11 year old son and she asked for classes. So that was my first junior youth in my group and now he is 16 and I know a lot of young people in this neighbourhood and 15 youth have done Book 1 and one of the junior youth that came to my group, now he's having a junior youth group. So service really showed me how a spiritual education can change somebody's goals in their life and how if, in a neighbourhood, young people are thinking of others it really changes the neighbourhood ... when you serve other people, you build a spiritual bridge between hearts and that bridge is unbreakable."
"The message of Baha’u’llah made me understand that he whole world is connected, He changed my perspective with this quote: 'Let your vision be world embracing rather than confined to your own self.' "
"My moment of truth was when I figured out that Baha'u'llah was really the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the past religions."
"For me, I think that one of the most powerful teachings of the Baha'i Faith has always been this: the fact that there is no difference between religions, that reality is one, and the fact that we believe and respect and love all the Prophets before Baha'u'llah and we also do not believe that we are the last religion or that Baha'u'llah is the last Prophet."
"...the teaching of the oneness of mankind has been very important in my life and the way I act and interact with others. The idea that, inevitably, we are moving toward a more united and together society makes me really reflect about my own actions and how I treat other people and the thoughts I have and the words I speak...that hopeful principle impacts all my actions on a daily basis."