Student Studies the Life of Bahá’u’lláh to Consider Becoming a Bahá’í

As a child, Rosemary Giardina often rode her bike to the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, IL, to seek quiet and solace. As an adult in Nipomo, CA, she encountered the Bahá’í community through a Bahá’í co-worker. She joined a “wonderfully thriving Ruhi study circle” and decided to deepen her knowledge of Bahá’u’lláh further by taking the Wilmette Institute’s course The Life of Bahá’u’lláh. When she suddenly grew silent in the course, a faculty member wrote her to inquire what happened. He received this reply:

I was in a car accident coming home from the Southwest Bahá’í Conference [in Los Angeles Dec. 13-14] and had some broken ribs.  I wasn’t up to being at the computer.  Feeling better now.  I’ve been reading.  I just need to do some posting.  Will work on the course later today and on the weekend.  Thanks for checking in.  By the way, after that traumatic accident where I totaled my car, hydroplaning, crashing into a concrete median on the freeway, head-on, I declared myself as a Bahá’í.  Before I crashed, I called on Bahá’u’lláh to help me and not let me die.  Obviously, he answered my prayers!!  I’m here for a purpose!!  I was going about 60 miles an hour; it had just started raining when I spun out of control!!  I could have just as easily been dead, but instead I’m fortunate enough to be alive without residual physical harm….just some broken ribs from the airbag impact!!  What a story!! [Note: Since this message, Rosemary has become very active in the course again.]

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