Readers of Baha'i Views have come to know Emily of Tempe, Arizona, blogger of an exploration in Faith. She is taking a class in Farsi this summer, she writes in "Prima":
I am taking it along side seven other people, two are middle-aged adults, and two are students who's parents are Iranian. My professor just came here from Tehran 3 years ago, it seems it will be a lovely class. She asked us to explain a little bit about ourselves and why we wished to learn Farsi, and I happily told the class that I wanted to learn Farsi because I am a Baha'i. My professor exclaimed "You mean there are non-Iranian Baha'i's? I thought they were only in Iran!" So I even more happily told the class that the Baha'i Faith is among the most widespread religions.
This is how Emily closes a recent post about visiting where she grew up:
I was able to teach the Baha'i Faith to one of my closest friends today, one from highschool. I have been talking about my Faith to many old highschool friends when I think about it, and it feels so amazing. It feels so amazing to spread the teachings of Baha'u'llah and watch a friends eyes light up and hear them exclaim "That's EXACTLY what I believe!"
I worry a lot about "pushing" my religion on other people. I know how desperately I loathed people who did that to me, yet now I can appreciate their motive. To truly love God so much and to want other people to be able to have a relationship with God as well. My friends are thirsting for God, but they are so hesitant of "religion." Many believe that they can have a relationship with God by being spiritual on their own, but clearly it isn't working (just as it never worked for me.) I hope that God guides me in my endeavor to spread his message without forcing it on anyone. I hope that people will see how much I love Baha'u'llah and be inspired and drawn to love him as well.
Here's the latest email from Max:
I really think that the Baha'i Faith is the one for me. Right away when I read about it I was immediately thinking "wow, I think this is me". Even though I am still searching and seeing if I Christianity (the whole Jesus as God thing) isn't what I really am.