To Local Spiritual Assemblies in "Mormon" areas:
Your Community is in a heavily Mormon area. I was a Mormon for many years before joining the Faith. Mormons will not (and never will) be interested in the World Peace/Race Unity/Equality message. They would be interested in 1891: Did Joseph Smith prophesy of Baha'u'llah?.
How do Baha'is attrack Seekers in North America? Only one method is used, only one Message is used-the "Race Unity Message". The Race Unity Message was used in the Atlanta area which included info-mercials, a toll-free number. The campaign centered not upon Baha'u'llah, but upon "Race Unity". About 300 calls were received; with a total of "3" declarations. It was a dismal failture.
About 1 in 10,000 Mormons would be interested in driving to a Baha'i Center to discuss "World Peace" or "Race Unity" or "Equality of men and women". About 1 in 50,000 Mormons will go to a Baha'i Center to discuss "Esperanto as a Universal Language". About 1 in 20 Mormons would be intested in reading 1891: Did Joseph Smith Prophesy of Baha'u'llah? That is no exaggeration.
Shoghi Effendi believed that Joseph Smith was a "Seer"; not a Prophet minor or otherwise. The Prophets are the incarnations of the Names/Attributes of Allah. The Essense of God does not incarnate, but His Names/Attributes do. The incarnations of the Names/Attributes of God are called "Manifestations of God". These include Prophets (major and minor) as well as "Chosen Ones". A "Seer" is not a Prophet nor a "Chosen One".
A "Seer" on the other hand, is a man or woman, with an ordinary human soul, who sees visions and speaks with angels. Mary mother of Jesus was a Seer. Paul the Apostle was a Seer (having a vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus). Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i was a Seer. Did Joseph Smith prophesy of Baha'u'llah in the capacity of a Seer? I believe he did. The evidence, I believe, is overwhelming.
Baha'u'llah~the Holy Ghost Incarnate
Mormons believe that the Holy Ghost is still a Spirit-Man, and doesn't have a physical body; so He must "come down to get a body" and perform some holy Mission on Earth. Mormons expect Him to be born of a woman and perform a Divine Mission, but that He has not yet been born. However, Joseph Smith said in 1843 that the Holy Ghost is "now in a state of probation" (i.e. a Mormon term meaning a mortal life on Earth). Simply present Baha'u'llah as "the Holy Ghost Incarnate" (i.e. the Spirit of Truth in the flesh).
Baha'is in Mormon areas will continue to await the "day" when the Mormons will "suddenly" realize that they don't want Eternal Marriage and to become Gods and rule their own planets, but what they really want is Race Unity and Esperanto-for-All. They await the Day that Mormons will "wake up" and realize they must become Baha'is. Baha'is will wait in vain. That Day will never happen. However, many Mormons today will be interested in reading "1891".
I've prepared a free online article (31 pages) titled 1891: Did Joseph Smith Prophesy of Baha'u'llah~the Holy Ghost Incarnate and the Founder of the Baha'i Faith? It is called "1891" for short. This article will convince many Mormons that Baha'u'llah is the Spirit of Truth (Holy Ghost) Incarnate. The article is not copyrighted. Internet articles need not be "approved" via the Review process. You are welcome to print out a master copy, make copies for the entire LSA. Any Baha'i in your Community is free to rewrite "1891"--taking out or adding what they wish to--and publishing their own version of "1891" under their own name! "1891" is not copyrighted. Anyone can republish it, in any form, edited or unedited, in their own name or no name, for free or profit. You have my permission! If there are elements in "1891" that are objectionable to the LSA, simply have a committee "rewrite it" and publish your own version! You can use the same title, or a different title. You can publish it in any form you wish. You can add or subtract to it as you see fit. None of the photos/illustrations are copyrighted. Those who know can use the photos/illustrations for their own "1891" article.
Exaltation and Eternal Marriage
If you wish to attract a large number of Mormon Seekers, the "Race Unity/World Peace/Equality" message will not work with them. Why? Because Mormons don't believe in these things? NO! Mormons see "race unity" in their Church already happening! They believe that man cannot achieve "World Peace". Jesus will establish world peace when He returns. Mormons believe they "have" the equality of men and women. Men have the Priesthood, and women have the Relief Society. But the main reason why Mormons are not (and will not be) interested in the Baha'i Faith is this:
Exaltation and Eternal Marriage: Mormons believe if they are faithful Latter-day Saints all of their lives, and are 'sealed' by a 'Sealer' (Mormon high priest) in a Mormon Temple, they will be married for all eternity. If not 'sealed' by a 'Sealer' in a Mormon Temple, they will be a Servant-Angel for all eternity; sexless, without the ability to beget children, serving the Gods and Goddesses. For the Mormon male, this means multiple wives, and their own planet to rule. To the Mormon female, this means having the man she loves for eternity, and living in a palace and co-ruling her own planet, with many servants. Mormons believe if they leave the Church, they "give up" their chances for Exaltation (Godhood) and become eternal eunuchs serving the Gods and Goddesses on other planets.
In other words, Mormons believe they have only two choices in life:
a) remain in the Church and faithful to it all their lives, and they "probably" will become Gods and Goddesses. The men will have many wives, and literally physically "beget" spirit-children with these wives. The women will have forever the man she loves, and her children with her, and more spirit-children, and beautiful palaces, and thrones, and male and female servants (this is very similar to how the Qur'an describes the 'Gardens' of the Faithful).
GODS (Faithful Mormons): those who create and rule their own planets, and they have the power to literally physically beget spirit-children, and they are served by servant-angels forever. They will be married (monogamists and polygamists), and they will be able to have their children with them.
b) if they leave the Church, then they will become Servant-angels for all eternity, sexless, genderless, without the ability to beget, single, serving the Exalted Gods and Goddesses (Faithful Mormons) for all eternity.
SERVANT-ANGELS (everybody except Faithful Mormons): those who will serve the Gods forever, and they will become sexless angels, without the ability to beget, single and alone, and they will be eternally separated from their loved ones and children.
This is what they are told from birth, and "a" and "b" are the only choices that Mormon leaders tell them they have. Baha'is are included under "everybody except Faithful Mormons".
Exaltation and Eternal Marriage are the "main reasons" why Mormons go on two-year missions, attend many meetings per month, go to a Mormon Temple, and pay up to 20% of their income to the Church. This is why they attend meetings, and unquestionably obey the "Living Prophet" (President of the Church). They simply will NOT "give up" their chances for Exaltation and Eternal Marriage so they can join the Baha'i Faith so they can "work for World Peace" and speak Esperanto and attend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parades, and serve on an LSA that includes men and women both. The Church simply offers "eteranal rewards" for Mormons; while the Faith seems to offer them no eternal rewards, but earthly opportunities for social-activism. For Mormons--this is no "choice" at all! They are NOT about to give up "Exaltation and Eternal Marriage" in order to become Baha'is. This will not change!
Joseph Smith, Exaltation, and Eternal Union
There is only one way to interest Mormons (i.e. those who believe that Joseph Smith was inspired of God) in the Baha'i Faith, and that is....
1) Joseph Smith: Tell the Mormon Seeker that Shoghi Effendi apparently believed that Joseph Smith was inspired of God, a Seer, and that he "may" have prophesied of Baha'u'llah (the Holy Ghost Incarnate) in the capacity of a Seer.
2) Exaltation: Tell Mormon Seekers that the Holy Qur'an also teaches that the Faithful will inherit Gardens of Eden, and sit upon thrones, and be served by Servant-Angels called "Ghulaams" (male servants) and "Hooreez" (female servants), and that according to the Seer Shaykh Ahmad-i-Asa'i, those who inherit the Láhút (law-hoot), the Highest Paradise, will be able to create their own realms (dimensions) on other worlds, where the mind controls matter. Shaykh Ahmad-i-Asa'i taught the existence of the following Realms:
No soul can ever reach the Realm of the Essence, but human souls can reach the Realm of the Divinities. In the Panj Sha'n ("Five Modes") by The Báb, those who reach the Realm of Divinities are called "Gods". He wrote:
"You are exalted, O God.This is exactly what Joseph Smith taught, and what Mormons believe. It is "ok" to say: "Joseph Smith may have been a Seer who prophesied of Baha'u'llah!" It is ok to say that. Shoghi Effendi believed Joseph Smith was a Seer, but did not insist that all Baha'is believed as he did, or he would have said so in a letter.
You are the God of Divinities. You entrust the Command to whom You choose,
and withdraw it from whom You choose,
Exalt whom You choose, bring low whom You choose.
You aid whom You choose, forsake whom You choose,
Enrich whom You choose, ruin whom You choose.
Glorify whom You choose, abase whom You choose.
In Your grasp is the kingdom of all things.
You create what You choose by Your command.
You, You are High God, God, Divine.
Say, You, O God, You are Very God of Very Gods."
3) Eternal Union: Baha'i couples who become "one" in this life will achieve "Eternal Union" in all the worlds of God.
'Abdu'l-Baha taught a Baha'i version of Eternal Marriage, which He called "Eternal Union". I quote Him in "1891". He said:
"In a true Bahá'í marriage the two parties must become fully united both spiritually and physically, so that they may attain eternal union throughout all the worlds of God,..." (Bahá'í World Faith, p.372)No Temple rite or 'sealer' is needed for Eternal Union, because Baha'u'llah is the One Who "Seals" us to Eternal Life.
"Baha'i marriage is the commitment of the two parties one to the other, and their mutual attachment of mind and heart. Each must, however, exercise the utmost care to become thoroughly acquainted with the character of the other, that the binding covenant between them may be a tie that will endure forever. Their purpose must be this: to become loving companions and comrades and at one with each other for time and eternity....
The true marriage of Baha'is is this, that husband and wife should be united both physically and spiritually, that they may ever improve the spiritual life of each other, and may enjoy everlasting unity throughout all the worlds of God. This is Baha'i marriage. (Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha, p. 118)
This is what you must present to Mormons "if" you want them to become Seekers and then Baha'is:
1) Joseph Smith may have prophesied of Baha'u'llah (as a "Seer" not as a Prophet).
2) Baha'u'llah is the Holy Ghost Incarnate.
3) Baha'is who reach the Realm of Láhút become "Divinities" and create their own worlds (dimensions) with their minds; anything they can imagine and then say "Be!" is created for them in that Realm (according to Shaykh Ahmad-i-Asa'i).
4) Baha'i couples who become "one" both physically and spiritually shall achieve "Eternal Union" in all the Worlds of God.
5) The Book of Mormon is not Scripture in the Baha'i Faith, because Baha'i Scripture must be "infallible" and even the title-page of The Book of Mormon claims that it may contain "the mistakes of men".
These are the "5 Principles in Teaching Mormons about the Faith". Adhere to them, and you'll reap a mighty harvest. Ignore them, and you will continue to only attract a few ex-Mormons every year and perhaps a Mormon every decade.
Use "1891"! "1891" will work! Use it in its present form, or an edited version written by one of you. I promise you: one in twenty Mormons who HEAR about "1891" will want to read it! 1 in 20.
The Xorol Richards Oliver Teaching Campaign
The first Mormon to become a Baha'i was Xorol (zaw-rawl) Richards Oliver. I suggest you consider, with your Cluster, a "XRO Teaching Campaign" that uses "1891" (my version or a corrected version approved by the LSA). You have a sea of potential Seekers in your midst. Yet, they won't be interested in what the Faith has to offer--not now, not ever. However, about 1 in 20 Mormons will want to read "1891". I can assure you of that. Make copies of "1891" and offer it via the local newspaper. Place advertisements reading:
"Did Joseph Smith Prophesy of Baha'u'llah (the Holy Ghost Incarnate and Founder of the Baha'i Faith)? Free book offer. Nothing to buy. Call 000-000-0000The advertisement must run at least one time per week for at least six months, to be effective. DO NOT MAIL "1891" to respondants. Rather, mail them an invitation to a "Public Information Meeting" about the Faith, with times and directions, and say:
"Dear Seeker of Truth,"1891" is 34 printed pages, and it included non-copyrighted photos. You can find it at:
You are invited to a Public Information Meeting about the Baha'i Faith--a world religion with over 6 million believers in 120 countries. It was founded in 1863 in Baghdad, Iraq, by Baha'u'llah (baw-haw-Oh-LAHHH), the Spirit of Truth and Holy Ghost Incarnate. The Public Information Meeting will be held every Wednesday evening at 7pm at the Baha'i Center located at ________________________. The meeting lasts about 90 minutes. A DVD about the Faith will be shown. Refreshments (like at a Church Dance) will be served. The Meeting is free of charge, and donations cannot be accepted. Dress is casual. Smoking is allowed outside, and smokers are never shunned. A Question and Answer period follows the DVD. Free Baha'i literature will be available at the Meeting along with Baha'i books on sale and for loan. All those who attend this Public Information Meeting will be given a free copy of 1891: Did Joseph Smith Prophesy of Baha'u'llah?. This is not an official Baha'i publication, but a private article you may enjoy reading. If you need a ride to this Meeting please call us at least 24 hours ahead of time. Directions and a map are on the back of this flier. Thank you.
The Baha'is of ____________."
THE QUICKENING: 19 Suggestions for the Baha'i Faith in America
Also enclosed is a link to online articles that the Friends may enjoy reading, on various subjects. I hope that all of you will read "The Quickening: 19 Suggestions for the Baha'i Faith in America". You can find that article at:
Ex-Mormons are those who no longer believe that Joseph Smith was inspired of God. They believe he was a "fraud" or have no opinion. Some Ex-Mormons call themselves "Mormons" if they have no formally resigned from the Church. Some ex-Mormons have become Baha'is, and may strongly object to an XRO Teaching Campaign. Please don't let them decide for you. If you listen to them, then FORGET (now and forever) attracting Mormon Seekers. Ex-Mormons are NOT Mormons! The XRO Teaching Campaign is attract Mormon Seekers; not ex-Mormons, to the Faith.
Correspondant: please make nine copies of this letter, and put the original in the files. One copy each for each LSA member. FedEx Office is a good place to make the copies. Every LSA member should have the right to read their own copy.
The Mormons will never be interested in the World Peace/Race Unity/Equality Message! Not 1 in 10,000 will be. This will never change. That message will never draw them to the Faith. But one-in-twenty Mormons will be interested in reading "1891". I promise you. Thank you.
"Aenon E. Moss"
*1 DO NOT call Baha'u'llah a "Prophet". Call Him "The Holy Ghost Incarnate--the One Who inspired the Prophets and Seers".
*2 DO NOT say "We don't believe that Joseph Smith was a Prophet" but say: "Shoghi Effendi apparently believed that Joseph Smith was a Seer, one who sees angels, but a Seer is not a Prophet in the Baha'i sense of that term."
*3 DO NOT say "We don't accept The Book of Mormon as inspired of God" but say: "The Book of Mormon is not accepted in the Baha'i Faith as Scripture because Baha'i Scripture must be infallible Revelation, and even the title-page of The Book of Mormon says it may contain "the mistakes of men".
*4 DO NOT say "The Book of Mormon is about the lost tribes, and 'Abdu'l-Baha said that the lost tribes were never in America" (NOTE: The Book of Mormon is NOT about the lost tribes of Israel!)
*5 DO NOT say "Baha'u'llah was greater than Christ because the teachings of Christ could be printed in a pamphlet, but Baha'u'llah wrote over 100 books!" but say: "Jesus said 'The Father is in me'--it means that the Spirit of Truth dwelt in Jesus from His baptism until the Cross, and the Spirit of Truth is the Father, and Jesus said: 'The Father is greater than I'."
*6 DO NOT say "Polygamy is against the Law of God, so Joseph Smith could not be inspired of God" but say: "In Joseph Smith's day polygamy was allowed in the Law of God, but Baha'u'llah abrogated that, so now we must all practice monogamy."
*7 DO NOT say "Joseph Smith was a racist because he banned blacks from the priesthood and temples" (Joseph Smith allowed blacks into the Mormon priesthood and temples--it was Brigham Young who first banned blacks in 1848--Joseph Smith died in 1844--the Church lifted the priesthood-and-temple-ban against blacks in 1978).
*8 DO NOT say "Baha'u'llah has abrogated the Priesthood" but say: "Baha'u'llah is the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Ghost incarnate, so He has the authority, and He abrogated the Priesthoods and replaced the Priesthoods with an Administrator Order."
*9 DO NOT say "We don't know what the Afterlife is like because we can't imagine it" but say: "Shaykh Ahmad-i-Asa'i was a Shi'ite Muslim Seer who prepared the way for Baha'u'llah, and Baha'u'llah endorsed what Shaykh Ahmad taught, and Shaykh Ahmad taught that those souls who reach the Realm of the Divinities become Gods and create their own worlds, and 'Abdu'l-Baha, the Eldest Son of Baha'u'llah Whom we believe was also infallible, taught that Baha'i couples who become one both physically and spiritually on this planet, shall achieve Eternal Union in all the Worlds of God."
Those Baha'is who wish to specialize in teaching Mormon Seekers should be called "Teachers of Mormon Seekers". They should read the study the following:
"1891" - https://mustagath.angelfire.com/1891.html
"Answers for Mormon Seekers" - http://thebookformormonseekers.angelfire.com
Plain English online edition of "The Book of Mormon" - www.plainbookofmormon.com
"The Mormon Church & the Curse of Cain Legacy" - http://markofcain.angelfire.com