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The Light of Divine Guidance (Volume 1)

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • Bahá’í Publishing Trust of Germany (Bahá’í-Verlag), 1982 edition
  • Pages:
  • 311
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Pages 223-224

Letter of 23 July 1954

23 July 1954
Dear Bahá’í Friends:
Will you please refer to your letter of June 9th and my acknowledgment of June 28th, in which you raise certain questions. The beloved Guardian has directed me to give you the answers as follows:
Number 2: He feels your plan of giving individuals, who became Bahá’ís in France, but who have not yet given up their church affiliation, one year in which to do so, is satisfactory.
Number 3: Up to the age of 15 years, children are under the direction of their parents. At the age of 15, they may declare their Faith as a conviction, and be registered as Bahá’í youth, whether the parents are Bahá’ís or not. Children under the age of 15, of Bahá’í parents, who wish to attend meetings and associate with the friends as Bahá’ís may do so. If non-Bahá’í parents permit a child of less than 224 15 to attend Bahá’í meetings, and in fact, to be a Bahá’í, this is likewise permissible.
Number 4: The beloved Guardian instructs that whenever an Assembly loses some members between the Riḍván periods, bringing the membership to less than 9, the Assembly reverts immediately to Group status. However, when they get a sufficient number of new members to reach 9, then they immediately become an Assembly again.
The beloved Guardian greatly values your devoted services to the Faith, and the manner in which you are undertaking the heavy responsibilities of propagating the Faith, as well as consolidating its institutions.
He assures you of his prayers in your behalf, and sends you his loving greetings….