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High Endeavours: Messages to Alaska

  • Author:
  • Various

  • Source:
  • Alaska, 1976 edition
  • Pages:
  • 79
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Pages 61-62

(76) January 24, 1957

(76) January 24, 1957
Dear Bahá’í Friends:
The beloved Guardian has received your letter of January 3rd, and has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.
He was very happy to hear of the declaration of Miss Johnson, 1 and particularly of the translation into Aleut of the excerpt from Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings. Likewise, he was very happy to know that you are building a Bahá’í Center, 2 which he will consider as an auxiliary to the other goals the friends are winning all over the world.
Perhaps one should not approach the people in that country 3 on the basis of religion, but rather through the social teachings of the Faith and its Laws, and make them understand the need for World Order, rather than giving them the religious aspect first, when they are so fanatically attached to their church.
He will certainly pray that you may find receptive souls, and the slow work of conversion be begun. No doubt once they embrace the Faith, they will be very staunch.
Assuring you all of his loving prayers and his appreciation of your persevering services,
With warm Bahá’í greetings,
R. Rabbani
[From the Guardian:]
May the Almighty bless, guide and sustain you, aid you to extend the range of your meritorious services to His Faith, and win memorable victories in the days to come.
Your true brother,
Shoghi 62
1. (Letter No. 76) Janet Johnson (Smith) later became the Secretary of the Alaska National Spiritual Assembly.   [ Back To Reference]
2. (Letter No. 76) The Bahá’í Center at Unalaska was dedicated by Florence Mayberry at the first public meeting in February, 1958.   [ Back To Reference]
3. (Letter No. 76) Aleutian Islands.   [ Back To Reference]