Wherever Bahá'ís live, they try to help people in whatever way is possible. If they live in a village in the Third World, they will organise a school, a farming or health project which will benefit everyone. In every country there are many ways in which Bahá'ís can be useful.
Above all, Bahá'ís do everything they can to encourage world peace - by joining and supporting other groups, and by putting forward their own ideas for an international peace conference. It is only when we have peace and co-operation that many of the problems of the world will be solved.
There are many books of Bahá'í scripture but here are just a few examples from the writings:
"Turn all your thoughts toward bringing joy to hearts."
"Strive that your actions day by day might be beautiful prayers."
"See ye no strangers; rather see all men as friends."
"Breathe not the sins of others whilst thou art thyself a sinner."
"Think ye at all times of rendering some service to every member of the human race."
Living up to the Bahá'í teachings may be very difficult but we can only do our best. Through prayer we find out what we can do to improve ourselves and to serve our fellow human beings and also find the strength to do it.
Bahá'ís believe that our purpose in this life is to learn, to develop, so that when move on to the next world we will be closer to God.
Bahá'ís often hold small meetings in their homes, for people who want to come and talk and learn more about the Bahá'í Faith. These are usually called "firesides".
In each local area Bahá'ís elect an assembly of nine people who make sure that everything runs smoothly and that everyone is happy. Each country has a national assembly and there is a world body too.
There will no longer be vast differences between rich and poor countries, or rich and poor people.
Every child in the world will be able to go to school.
Everyone will learn a world language so that we can all understand one another better.
Women will be treated equally with men and they will use their influence to help bring about peace in the world.
When it comes down to it, it is the people of the world who have to change the world. And we can only start with ourselves.
Approved by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom, 27 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1PD.
All quotations are from the Bahá'í writings.