THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH OF UTAH
Bahá'í is pronounced Baw-HIGH. It means "Belonging to Glory" in Arabic
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Dear Seeker of Truth,
The Bahá'í Faith is an independent World Religion with over 6 million adherents worldwide; about 150,000 in the United States, and about 500 in Utah.
There are Bahá'í Communities (congregations) in Salt Lake City, Mill Creek, Sandy, Logan, Layton, Ogden, West Valley City, West Jordan, Murray, Bountiful, Aneth (Navajo Reservation), and St. George.
The Faith was founded in 1863 by Bahá'u'lláh (baw-haw-ool-law), which in Arabic means "The Glory of God". He was born as Mirza Husein-Ali Nuri; a nobleman in Persia (Iran), in 1817. He was a direct descendant of King Cyrus of Persia and King David of Israel. He died in Akka, Palestine (now Israel), in 1892.
In 1891, Bahá'u'lláh (baw-haw-ool-law) climbed Mount Carmel, in the Holy Land, an announced that He was the Son of Man; the promised incarnation of the Holy Ghost (Spirit of Truth).
Bahá'u'lláh is the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost), the One Who inspired the Prophets and Seers of old. The Holy Ghost became a Man in 1817, in Iran; born of a holy woman just as the Son did. He performed a Divine Mission, and wrote a Body of Scriptures called "The Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh".
Bahá'u'lláh (baw-haw-oh-LAW) means "The Glory of God" in Arabic.
We are forbidden from showing His Face on the Internet.
THE HOLY GHOST INCARNATEWe believe that Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892) was the Incarnation of the Holy Ghost or Spirit of Truth.
Jesus said:"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you unto all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me.... (John 16:13-14)Bahá'u'lláh wrote:"Verily, He Who is the Spirit of Truth is now come to guide you unto all truth. He speaketh not as prompted by HIs own self, but as bidden by Him Who is the All-Wise. Say, this is the One Who hath glorified the Son and hath exalted His Cause. (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p.12)In 1817 a Man was born in Persian (Iran) named Mirza Hussein-Ali Nuri (Arabic: "Prince Beauty Exalted of Light"). He was a direct descendant of King Cyrus of Persia and King David of Israel. In 1853 He became known as BAHÁ'U'LLÁH (baw-HAW-oh-LAWWW); which, in the Arabic language, means "THE GLORY OF GOD".
We believe that He was the Incarnation of the Holy Ghost.
Bahá'u'lláh was exiled to Baghdad, and later to Akka Palestine (Israel). He made Himself known to the world-at-large in April of 1891; when He climbed Mount Carmel and recited His "Tablet of Carmel"; His announcement to all mankind that He was the promised "Son of Man" and "Spirit of Truth" now come to teach Mankind "all things" they needed to know about establishing the Kingdom of God on Earth.
His followers are called Bahá'ís (baw-highzz); meaning "belonging to Glory".
There are about 150,000 Bahá'ís in the United States, and about 500 or so in Utah. There are Bahá'í Communities (congregations) in Salt Lake Valley, Ogden, Layton, and Logan. There are two Bahá'í Centers (meetinghouses) in Salt Lake Valley, and one in Logan (Cache Valley). The Centers include small bookstores and free lending libraries of Bahá'í books.
Bahá'ís believe in God, and in the "Manifestatations of God"; major Prophets which include Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, and Bahá'u'lláh (to name a few). Each Manifestation of God brings a unique Message to Humanity from our Creator, and has a distinct Divine Mission to fulfill.
For example: Jesus came to tach us about Personal Salvation (i.e. how to be "born again" and go to "Heaven" at death). Muhammad came to teach Mankind the Law of God: called the "Straight Path". Bahá'u'lláh was sent to teach Humanity "all things" pertaining to the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom of God of Earth.
The Millennial Kingdom
The purpose of the Bahá'í Faith is to establish the Millennial Kingdom of God on Earth, called by us "The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh". This Divine World Order will replace the atheistic and materialistic "New World Order" now being planned by those high in power.
The "New World Order" will be man's One-World Government.
The "World Order of Bahá'u'lláh" will be God's One-World Government.
There is no "way" to prevent the "New World Order" from being established. God allows the New World Order to be established because Humanity is greedy, materialistic, and hypocritical. This is God's punishment upon Humanity. The New World Order will be atheistic and materialistic. It will oppress all religions. It will be headed by Anti-Christs (more than one). However, it will, after a few generations, be replaced by the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh (i.e. God's World Order).
The Bahá'ís will be instrumental in replacing the New World Order with the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh.
The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh will divide the world into Principalities, with Kings and Queens ruling each one. All Principalities will be governed by a World Executive Council who shall govern according to the Law of God as revealed by Bahá'u'lláh and interpreted by the Universal House of Justice (a Council of Nine Men elected every 5 years). The Universal House of Justice (which is not a building but a council of nine men) has already been established in Haifa, Israel, at the Bahá'í World Centre.
The Seat of the Universal House of Justice (Haifa, Israel)
Another name for the World Order of Baha'u'llah is the "Millennium" or "The Millennial Kingdom".
The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh will establish lasting peace, and the Justice of God, upon this planet for 1000 years. Then a new Manifestation of God shall come.
The End-Times Anti-Christ
There is no "one" End-Times Anti-Christ! There shall be many! Anyone who opposes any Religion of God is an Anti-Christ, and certainly "anti-christs" will control the New World Order for at least a few generations. However, the New World Order will eventually be replaced by the World Order of Baha'u'llah; otherwise known as:
*The Kingdom of God
*The Divine Government
*The Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth
*The City of New Jerusalem
In other words, the world will become "one" via a New World Order. But this New World Order will be atheistic and it will, after a few generations, be replaced by God's Government which will be called the World Order of Baha'u'llah, and Baha'is will be instrumental in establishing the World Order of Baha'u'llah.
The City of New Jerusalem
Mormons expect the City of New Jerusalem to be a literal "City" build in Jackson County Missouri with streets, streets lights, sewers, houses, banks, and a fire department. But, Baha'is don't believe in any literal "City". For Baha'is, the City of New Jerusalem is not a literal "City" but a symbol for the Divine Government that will rule the planet for 1000 years after which Satan (i.e. evil forces) will again come to power, then another Manifestation of God will come to put mankind back on the Path of God. This cycle will continue for at least 500,000 years; time enough for Humanity to explore and colonize the Cosmos.
Joseph Smith and Mormonism
Baha'is do not consider Joseph Smith to be a "Prophet" in the Baha'i sense of that term. However, Baha'is are free to accept Joseph Smith as a "Seer"; meaning a non-prophet who sees angels and has visions. In the Baha'i Faith, a "Prophet" is very different from a "Seer"-- although in Mormonism the two terms are basically the same. Baha'is are also free to reject Joseph Smith as a "Seer". You can read more about this in the links below.
FREE INFO/SEEKERS' MEETINGS
If you live in Salt Lake City area, the Bahá'ís of Salt Lake City have a Seekers Meeting (for non-baha'is) every Wednesday evening at 7pm. The public is invited! Dress is casual. Smoking allowed outside. No child-care is provided. The cost is FREE! No donations can be accepted. You can call the Baha'is of Salt Lake City at:
Call them and say: "I'm a Seeker and I'd like to attend a Public Meeting for Seekers." Those who are investigating the Faith are called "Seekers".
You don't need to call in advance. Just show up at the Bahá'í Center at 7pm any Wednesday evening! Ok to be late! Park on the street.
The Seekers Meeting (Devotional) is located at the Salt Lake Bahá'í Center: 2358 East 1700 South Street in Salt Lake City; just 4 homes West of the Montessori Community Center on 1700 South Street on the south side of the street; just 5 buildings west of the Episcopal Church on the corner of 1700 South and Foothill Drive.
The Center is on 1700 South Street EAST of 2300 East and WEST of Foothill Drive in East Salt Lake City.
North side of street
______________________________________________________________| Foothill Dr.
1700 South Street
South side of street
house|Bahá'í Center|house|house|house|Montessori Center|Episcopal Church
The Bahá'í Center is a red-brick house with white trim with "Bahá'í Center" sign near the front door, on the south side of the street (1700 South) four houses West of the Montessori Community Center. Park on the street.
Seekers Meeting (Devotional)
2358 East 1700 South Street
Between Foothill Drive and 2300 East
Red brink home with white trim
Sign "Bahá'í Center" next to front door.
South side of 1700 South Street
5 buildings West of the Episcopal Church
4 houses West of the Montessori Center
7pm every Wednesday evening (o.k. to be late!)
All are invited! No need to call first!
Refreshments will be served.
Smoking allowed outside
Donations cannot be accepted.
Free Bahá'í literature and books on loan
Call a day ahead if you need a ride: (801) 582-2026
The Seekers Meeting (also called a "Devotional") lasts about 60 to 90 minutes. Refreshments are served such as one would find at a Church dance. Free Bahá'í literature is avaliable; as well as books for sale or loan. Smoking is allowed outside, and no smoker is ever shunned! Smoking is allowed in the Faith.
If you live anywhere in the Continental U.S. (48 States), but outside of Salt Lake Valley, then call the following number anytime day or night:
Say: "I'm a Seeker and I'd like to attend a Meeting for Seekers. My number is ______________."
The Bahá'í Faith has no missionaries! Everyone must study it independently by reading books and literature, and asking questions at Seekers Meetings. If you read the study the articles linked below, you will go far in discovering what the Faith is about and what it teaches.
The Faith has no "one book" you need to read and pray about! The "way" that you discover if Bahá'u'lláh is the Spirit of Truth or not is this you attend a Seekers Meeting (Devotional) and HEAR THE WORDS of Bahá'u'lláh being recited during Bahá'í Prayers.
At the beginning of every Meeting, a Bahá'í will open a Bahá'í Prayer Book, and recite (read out-load) a Bahá'í Prayer. This will only take from one to three minutes. You do not need to bow your head, but please remain silent during the prayer. As the Believer recites, listen with your ears and your spirit! Your spirit will recognize the Words of the Holy Spirit!
Then the Holy Spirit will tell your spirit that He is indeed the Holy Ghost incarnate. Your spirit will reoognize the Words of Bahá'u'lláh as being those of the Spirit of Truth.
If you need a ride to the Seekers Meeting (Devotional) just ask! The Bahá'ís would be more than happy to pick you up and drop you back off; with your arms full of free Bahá'í literature.
If you feel you're not ready to attend a Seekers Meeting (Devotional), then there is a link below where you can order free Bahá'í literature mailed to your home. Nobody will ever knock on your door. Come Hear the Words of the Spirit of Truth! GO IN PEACE!
The Bahá'ís of Utah
A Bahá'í View
Adam and Eve
The Garden of Eden
Afterlife (i.e. Heaven and Hell)
A Bahá'í View
the Resurrection of the Dead,
Muhammad in the Bible,
and the End-Times
A Bahá'í View
of Eternal Marriage ("Eternal Union")
A Bahá'í View
of Joseph Smith
A Bahá'í View of
and Gay Rights
Every 19-days, the Bahá'ís attend a "19-Day Feast" which is a private religious service for "Friends" (Bahá'ís) only. Non-believers are not admitted to these Feasts. Believers in Bahá'u'lláh call each other "The Friends". To non-believers, they refer to themselves as "The Bahá'ís".
Those who are not Believers, but who are investigating the Faith are called "Seekers". The Faith provides for Seekers two types of meetings:
*Devotionals: Sunday morning meetings where there are singing of hymns, reading of Sacred Texts, and discussion.
*Seekers Meetings (Firesides): a 90-minute meeting, usually one evening per month, where those investigating the Faith can view a DVD about the Faith, and ask questions. Refreshments are also served.
There are three Bahá'í Centers (meetinghouses) in Utah:
*Salt Lake City (near Foothill on 1700 South Street)
*Mill Creek (on 3900 South near I-215)
*Logan (Cache County)
These Centers have free Bahá'í literature, and Bahá'í books for sale and loan.
Dress is casual at a Seekers Meeting. Smoking is allowed outside. There is no nursury for young children. Refreshments are similar to those found at a Church Dance. The cost is FREE! No donations will be asked for, and none can be accepted. If you need a ride to a Seekers Meeting just ask for one!
If you would like to attend a Seekers Meeting near you, just call the following number anytime day or night and leave your name and number and a "good time" to call you back. Say: "Hi, my name is ______________ and I'm a Seeker, and I would like to attend a Public Information Meeting about the Faith. My number is ______________ and I can be best reached after _______. Thanks!" Call anytime day or night:
In the meantime, order some FREE Bahá'í literature mailed to your home! GO IN PEACE!