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Old 09-12-2017, 10:46 PM   #1
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Hello!

Hello!

I am David. I am 26 years old. I declared my faith in Baha'u'llah about two months ago. At the time, I was an LDS (Mormon) man living in Provo, Utah. Three weeks ago at the time of this writing, I moved back in with my parents in to Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

I am currently single and unemployed. When I became Baha'i, my plans for the future changed radically. My life has become something of a tabula rasa!

I have a bachelor's in Physics, and I took classes in Semiconductor Physics at the University of Oregon. I am currently job searching in that field, and generally considering options for the future.

I have a variety of intellectual interests. Cognition, neuroscience, and machine learning are all of interest to me. I am considering going back to school for these things, and I maintain a blog about them at https://astudyofthemind.blogspot.com/.

The Kitab-i-Iqan was the work which cemented my faith in Baha'u'llah. The Hidden Words, the Kitab-i-Aqdas, and His Tablets also played a role.

The Baha'i vision of mankind's future is an inspiration beyond compare, and clearly an essential part of God's message in this dispensation.
 
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:31 AM   #2
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Welcome David, great to meet you and well done. May your journey be full of wonder and joy.

In our path we face many challenges of Faith, each of these a chance to understand a little more of this Great Faith. I think if we understand this early in our journey, our choices mature at a greater pace.

I look forward learning from yoir insights and having a chat or two.

Allah'u'abha and regards Tony
 
Old 09-13-2017, 03:48 AM   #3
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Hello David, and welcome.

Someone I recommend that you meet or connect with in some manner is Steven Phelps. He currently resides just outside of Portland, Oregon.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-phelps-6615824/



-LR
 
Old 09-13-2017, 12:17 PM   #4
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David,

Welcome! I'll pass on the advice I heard from a Baha'i when I attended my first local spiritual assembly (LSA) this past weekend. She said to remember that God is always close, even more than I realize. This was when talking about my mystical experiences of how God has lit the world ablaze with His Love. So even being aware of God's nearness, He is still closer than we can comprehend.

-MM
 
Old 09-13-2017, 08:46 PM   #5
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Hello David,

Welcome to the forum and to the Baha段 Faith! I used to live in Utah many moons ago, near SLC. I worked for the U.S. Forest Service at that time.

I have been a Baha段 from any decades but I did not read many of the Writings of Baha置値lah until the last five years. Gleanings is my favorite, after that The Kitab-i-Iqan. My Baha段 life is a long story I won稚 tell now, but suffice to say for many decades I had fallen away from the Faith and God.

The first couple of books I read were Baha置値lah and the New Era and Baha段 World Faith and I became a Baha段 about two weeks after I discovered it. Mind you, I had never had a religion before I became a Baha段 at age 17, and I do not recall believing in God so I guess you would say I was an agnostic. Perhaps that is why it was difficult for me to understand the Writings of Baha置値lah.

After many decades of ignoring the Baha段 Faith and God, I became very interested again about five years ago and since then I have had little interest in anything else! Luckily, my husband who has been a Baha段 a little longer than me, not by much, is also an avid Baha段, so he fully understands...

I could not help but notice that you have a Physics degree and live in Colorado. I spend most of my time on Delphi forums posting to nonbelievers and my home forum is called Believer, Un-Believer, and Ex-Believers (BUE). The forum host is an atheist and he knows a lot about Baha段 from me posting so much on his forum, and he has also spent a lot of time on the Planet Baha段 forum... Although he certainly does not agree with the Baha段s about God or Manifestations of God, he is a very nice person with high morals and respect for others, and he cares about the social and environmental issues that face the world...

Anyhow, what I wanted to say is that he has a PhD in Physics and is a physics professor at a university not far from you. I do not know the exact location. His work is his passion, and his students are very important to him, so I do not think he would mind giving you some advice on your career or possible continuation of your education. You can send me a Personal Message and I can give you the link to the forum that he hosts if you are interested in talking with him.

I do not know much about the Mormon Faith, but if you want, maybe you can explain what drew you to the Baha段 Faith and caused you to declare. Are there certain things the Mormon Faith shares in common with the Baha段 Faith? Whenever I have encountered young Mormons sharing their Faith, they have been very respectful, low key, and even curious about the Baha段 Faith.

Sincerely, Trailblazer
 
Old 09-14-2017, 12:23 AM   #6
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Hello everyone.
 
Old 09-14-2017, 12:50 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by djg View Post
Hello!

I am David. I am 26 years old. I declared my faith in Baha'u'llah about two months ago. At the time, I was an LDS (Mormon) man living in Provo, Utah. Three weeks ago at the time of this writing, I moved back in with my parents in to Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

I am currently single and unemployed. When I became Baha'i, my plans for the future changed radically. My life has become something of a tabula rasa!

I have a bachelor's in Physics, and I took classes in Semiconductor Physics at the University of Oregon. I am currently job searching in that field, and generally considering options for the future.

I have a variety of intellectual interests. Cognition, neuroscience, and machine learning are all of interest to me. I am considering going back to school for these things, and I maintain a blog about them at https://astudyofthemind.blogspot.com/.

The Kitab-i-Iqan was the work which cemented my faith in Baha'u'llah. The Hidden Words, the Kitab-i-Aqdas, and His Tablets also played a role.

The Baha'i vision of mankind's future is an inspiration beyond compare, and clearly an essential part of God's message in this dispensation.
I have been a Baha'i for 47 years and was originally a Quaker (though only loosely). Like you I was unemployed for a long time and was on disability and now I'm retired. I have a bachelors degree in Mathematics. My interest besides religion is history, I take out a book from the library on that every few weeks. My favorite Baha'i book is the Hidden Words. The Baha'i vision of the future is indeed dazzling in the long term but sees disasters looming in the near future.
 
Old 09-14-2017, 04:41 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the warm greetings!

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I do not know much about the Mormon Faith, but if you want, maybe you can explain what drew you to the Baha段 Faith and caused you to declare. Are there certain things the Mormon Faith shares in common with the Baha段 Faith? Whenever I have encountered young Mormons sharing their Faith, they have been very respectful, low key, and even curious about the Baha段 Faith.
There are certain things that the faiths have in common. Mormons do not drink alcohol -- that is one key point of commonality that's unique among the Christian sects.

That, and the fact that there are material punishments for breaches of divine law, are the first commonalities that come to mind. (Mormons that do not pay tithing and keep the law of chastity are not eligible for "temple recommends.")
 
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