This is a story little known in modern religious history. It is the story of how a prophet and His followers were persecuted and exiled from their homeland. And how many of them were put to death for believing that the promise of a new age of peace was at hand. This is the story of His challenge to the rulers of the day. A challenge to unite and to guard against fundamentalism and intolerance as the only assurance to peace. This is the story of His life, of imprisonment and suffering. A suffering that like the Messengers of the past, gave way to a set of Teachings that would transform the lives of millions. and would give birth to a community, world-wide in its scope. This is the story of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet and Founder of the Baha’i Faith. In just over 150 years, the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith have captured the imagination and loyalty of millions of people, from all backgrounds and experiences, from virtually every race, culture, class and nation on earth. Baha’is are united by the central principle of Baha’u’llah’s Teachings: that all people are members of one human family. Baha’u’llah came to bring about unity in the world. It gives me such joy and such happiness to be a part of something that is trying just to advance civilization. When I heard the principles and the tenants, I said that is where I belong. There are Baha’i communities in every city and suburb in America, and in most rural areas. These communities offer worship services, opportunities to study the Baha’i Faith, and programs for children. Over the next half hour, we will meet Americans who have discovered the Baha’i Faith. You will also learn more about the life of Baha’u’llah and His Claims as a Messenger of God. In His Writings, Baha’u’llah encouraged the individual to take responsibility for his or her own spiritual life. It is up to each individual to investigate Baha’u’llah’s Claims as a Messenger of God, and to decide whether these Claims and Teachings resonate within one’s own heart. It is like, you know, when you buy a car, you examine the engine, the air conditioner – otherwise you’re not going to buy it. So how much more are you going to examine the word of God? You got to examine it! Today, all people are welcome to begin their own investigation of these claims. Dr. Lisa Merritt, a physician and mother, recently studied the Baha’i Faith in Atlanta, where a vibrant Baha’i community has established what they call a Unity Center. Lisa’s story of search begins shortly after the birth of her daughter. Her first step was to attend a devotional service. I was in the process of looking for a place, a spiritual home for us, because I think having a spiritual foundation for a child is essential. I lived right up the street from the Unity Center, and I used to ride by this beautiful sign that they would change the messages every week. And it just intrigued me, and it just sorta really called out to me And I decided, the spirit moved me that I was just going to go in there one Sunday. I didn’t know what I was coming in to. I didn’t know if they had any special rituals or special dress or special seating arrangements. I didn’t know what really to expect. And I was just pleasantly surprised that was really very warm, and there were people that were there that were from the Baha’i community and they were a lot of people, who were like me, who were interested to find out more about it. I felt that immediately at ease, and not at all different or outside, because there were all different kinds of people there. And it was in no sense felt forced. Everyone seemed very natural and very used to being with each other and very comfortable with being with one another. That is what I am used to, and what I am seeking and wanting. And as time goes on, we have developed more and more relationship, I understood that this was just resonating on a very deep level for me with what I had already felt in my relationship to God and it was really a very easy next step to go ahead and declare that I was a Baha’i.