after the gift fair, people quickly cleared out to make room for the visit of Mr. Rowhani, a representative from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada. I was asked to take cake of the bookstore during the talk he gave since there were no other volunteers present, so I ended up missing a great deal of it. I did manage to hear a few things, though; Mr. Rowhani gave the friends a detailed explanation of how the National Spiritual Assembly had been handling its recent financial crises. He also shared certain stories from the History of the Faith, especially relating to the trials ‘Abdu’l-Bahá went through as He was overseeing the construction of the Shrine of the Báb, all the while hiding the Blessed Báb’s remains until the hour finally came for them to be interred. the crowd emptied out by 5pm and another crowd moved in: youth this time, a whole mass of them from 15 years old and upwards, and again Mr. Rowhani addressed them. I peeked in on their session for a little while and it reminded me a lot of when I was a youth, and of how much love the Institutions and their members had (and have) for the youth. With them, Mr. Rowhani spent time listening to their questions and sharing his own experiences as a youth, dealing with things like peer pressure, finding confidence to teach, finding a Baha’i identity, and so on.
right now I’m going to close up the bookstore; hopefully I can catch the rest before it’s over.