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A Gift to my Mentor

posted by abowen

I had no intentions of making an entry today. Honestly, I’m worn out. I gave two talks today at two colleges about Project Conversion and my Zoroastrian month begins in a little under three hours.

But something amazing happened this evening at the last talk–in my Intro to World Religions class–that made this whole month worth the effort.

My Baha’i Mentor is the only Baha’i that we know of within many, many miles. She is a diaspora all to herself. In fact, I have been her sole Baha’i companion for the whole month. She lit up when I arrived every week at her home for Study Circle, ready to share the wisdom of her faith. We laughed over tea and delved into the teachings of Baha’u'llah. I could tell there was something missing every time we visited the Baha’i community in “Triangle” one and half hours north of us; the way she interacted with her Baha’i family, it was like a family reunion with gatherings too rare for comfort.

I wanted to do something for her to repay her for the kindness and dedication she showed for me and Project Conversion. I wanted to give her a Baha’i community of her own.

But this is near to impossible. How can a non-Baha’i (though my Baha’i friends call me otherwise) help someone come–or at least become interested–in the faith? Turns out, all I have to do is teach. The message does the rest.

So tonight, as I finished giving my last talk about the Baha’i Faith in the last hours of the last days of the month, I showed the class the Baha’i Declaration Card and a registration card asking for more information about the faith. One woman approached me and asked to fill out the card, and if possible, to speak to my Mentor. I was floored. This was the spark I was looking for. The spark that could become a new Baha’i. She filled out the card and I will personally hand it to my Mentor tomorrow afternoon. I called my Mentor about what had happened and I could feel the joy flowing off her voice. Not because she might get the chance to “convert” someone, but because she gets the chance to share her faith.

So, looks like I have been the best Baha’i I can be to the end. It’s been a wonderful month, an insightful month, and folks…we are only two months in. Who knows what’s around the corner. When I wake up, I’ll be a Zoroastrian. Until then,


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posted February 5, 2012 at 12:49 am


I am glad you found yourself joyful coming to the Baha’i Faith! Blessings!

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posted February 3, 2012 at 3:31 am

As familiar as I am with the path you’re treading, I’m still fascinated to no end to know how every step affects the rest of your life. I went through a similar experience between 1971 and 1975. I signed my Baha’i declaration card in October of 1975. Becoming a Baha’i still remains the most significant life-changing and most rewarding action of my life. I wish you joy.

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posted November 1, 2011 at 6:54 am

I looked in that religion, I think the POV of the lady that asked for a memebership card was the same as what I see God/Jesus as….Not seeing God/Jesus as many being that stands alone, but as one being that goes into three or many part (father, son, and holy ghost). My understanding of the Baha’i understand of what you said in Mrs. Ulrich class was “one that make many part”. My understand is God was the father of Jesus that sent a human being on earht to show them the way and the light as well as understanding of the world. So, he “God” all seeing being that he is became three.

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posted October 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

Your Name,

I certainly hope so!

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