Becoming a Baha'i

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Despite the bleak November evening, the people around the kitchen table were filled with joy. We had just finished studying the first of the Ruhi books, a series designed to teach the basics of Baha’i, and the tutors, Mary Kay and Chet, were elated that David and I, the pupils, wanted to join the faith. After studying since March, I felt in my heart that I had found what I was seeking, and I told Mary Kay that I was ready. She congratulated me with a loving embrace as comforting as my own nana’s. I filled out the Baha’i registration card, and just like that I became a Baha’i at age fifteen in my sophomore year, the fourth Baha’i in Suffield, Connecticut.

Since becoming a Baha’i I have learned so much about how to live my life so I can be a better person. The knowledge I have gained about other religions has made it easier for me to understand them and be open-minded. Understanding is key to eliminating judgment. Now I try never to judge people because I have no right, being imperfect myself. Gossiping is equally frowned upon in the faith and by trying to stop I feel more kindness and love within me. Another part of the faith is chastity, which I believe will make my future marriage more meaningful. The final aspect is that I...

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