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(US, MT, 7 August)

This was reported from one of a range of courses offered at this Bahá’í School recently. 

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Consolidation was implemented immediately. Two people who live in Karen’s hometown made plans to enfold her into the Bahá’í community with a welcome reception as soon as school ended.
 
Karen became very emotional reading the words of Bahá’u’lláh. By the end of the presentation, she was ready to be a Bahá’í and signed an enrollment card.
 
In one class, participants were encouraged to memorize the first paragraph of Anna’s presentation from Ruhi Book 6, Teaching the Cause. The instructor, H., soon had a living example of the importance of being prepared.
 
As she visited the kitchen for a pitcher of coffee, the cook, Karen, impressed by the friendliness and unity she had observed, asked, “Who are you people?” Without hesitation, H. invited the kitchen staff to attend the classroom session, where she gave the presentation while the rest of the class provided prayer support.
  

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Youth pyramid, complete with Ruhi themed t-shirts at the John Wilcott Bahá’í School 2008

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The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God’s holy Will is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife. The religion of God and His divine law are the most potent instruments and the surest of all means for the dawning of the light of unity amongst men. The progress of the world, the development of nations, the tranquillity of peoples, and the peace of all who dwell on earth are among the principles and ordinances of God. Religion bestoweth upon man the most precious of all gifts, offereth the cup of prosperity, imparteth eternal life, and showereth imperishable benefits upon mankind.

– Bahá’u’lláh, ToB p. 129-30

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(Emphasis added. This story is excerpted from an article originally published in the online edition of The American Bahá’í, and is republished by permission. Text and photo is copyright the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States) (http://tab.usbnc.org/ContentPage.aspx?id=20080&LangType=1033)

 

(US, NV, 6 June)

This Nevada “A” stage cluster reports how many new believers are arising to participate in teaching the Faith as a result of consolidation activities, particularly starting study circles.

Many teaching and consolidation teams have been following up with seekers and new believers by sharing Anna’s presentation and beginning Ruhi Book 1 study circles. The new believers benefit so much from saying prayers together and connecting with the Word of God. Starting a Ruhi study circle immediately after a soul’s declaration has been shown to be vital to the consolidation effort. This past weekend, the teaching and consolidation teams started at least three Ruhi Book 1 study circles with seekers and newly enrolled Bahá’ís. Here is an account of one of them:

The teaching team that had taught this family did not speak much Spanish so they asked us to accompany them and start a Book 1 study circle. We arrived and met a lovely couple with a young toddler. We talked some then began to go through the first two sections of Book 1. The couple commented throughout that they enjoyed the approach of the Ruhi Book and how everyone was free to share their thoughts. Once we had completed the two sections, the wife asked if she could keep the handouts. We replied that it was hers to keep and that we would return next Sunday to continue. She then said that each day between now and Sunday she would read the quotes and try to apply them to her life in order to improve herself. We were all overwhelmed by her comments; it was truly amazing.


More good news:
Six Bahá’ís who enrolled in the last cycle came forward and taught the Faith! These friends not only shared Anna’s presentation, but also helped bring new souls into the Cause. Of all the victories won in this cluster, this is perhaps the most outstanding.

 
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 The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh

The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh

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O CHILDREN OF MEN!

Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.
 
– Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, part 1, #68

 

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(Adapted from a report from the Area Teaching Committee of the Southern Nevada cluster) (http://teaching.bahai.us/2008/06/update-from-southern-nevada-which-has.html) (Image reproduced with permission of the Bahá’í International Community)

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