Freemasonry is the oldest and largest Fraternity in the world. It predates written history and while its’ members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, CEOs, and entertainment greats, yet, it has most likely also included some of your past teachers, co-workers, long-time friends, brief acquaintances and even your next door neighbor. All good Men trying to be better in their way of life and the moral standing among others. Masonry is always ready to welcome good Men into the Fraternity. A belief in a “Brotherhood of All Men, under the Fatherhood of God” is the grand aim we have in view.
It’s ready to welcome YOU, if in your heart you can answer “yes” to a few questions:
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?
Masons teach this principle and many other virtues that are in line with this thought. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty.
Do you believe in a true and living God?
No atheist can be a Mason. Masons do not hold any judgement as to which faith you individually associate with — that is a personal decision that each Man makes — but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being. By whatever name you may refer to your personal God, is not of relevance, but the ceremonies of initiation, and progression within Masonry is founded upon your belief in a Deity.
Are you willing to allow others the same right to their own beliefs that you insist on yourself?
Masonry insists on toleration of the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters.
Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it?
Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning our communities, working on civic projects, or helping children to work or read or see — the world should be a better place because we have passed through it.
Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive, it’s also more fun?
Masons are involved with the problems and needs of others because relieving the distressed is a duty incumbent on all Men. Much of our help is given anonymously. We’re not after gratitude, we’re more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome adversity, so that their life can go on and continue to focus on a brighter future.
Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it?
Masonry is mutual help. Help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear. There is a wealth of knowledge among the Brethren who are members of our Craft and it cannot be overstated as to the benefit young Men can gain by associating with well travelled and wise Men who have accomplished many goals and persevered over so many struggles in their lives. From health to finances, from marital to legal, so many of our members have helped to provide many useful lessons to the fellow Fraternal members.
Do you feel that there’s something more to life than financial success?
Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self-development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works on building a house. Many useful websites exist that can point a person to the path that leads to a degree of self-improvement. The Lodge library, while antiquated in its’ medium, is rich in books and writings that date back to the late 1800’s. All donated to the Lodge by loving Brothers who have since passed on to the Grand Lodge above. We encourage all new members to seek a regular diet of Masonic education here and anywhere they may find a link to it.
Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and the we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live?
Masons believe that a country is strong as long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development is afforded to all. A Mason is true to the government that is for the people, by the people and of the people, and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principles of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.
Do you agree that man should show compassion for others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values?
Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.
Do you believe that men should strive to live a brotherly life?
Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together — a private friendship that tells us we owe it to each other to be just in our dealings and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Masons believe a man should maintain an attitude of good will, and promote unity and harmony is his relations with one another, his family, and his community. Masons call this way of believing in the Brotherhood of all Man. By the practice of Brotherly Love we teach that the entire human species is one family. The high and low, the rich and the poor, who, as created by one almighty Parent and inhabitants of the same planet should always support, aid and protect each other. This is why Masonry has been called one of the greatest forces for good in the world.
If you answered “YES”, you should consider becoming a Mason.
Freemasonry offers much to its members — the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, to build a better world for our children. It offers the chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals — men who have answered “YES” to these questions.
It’s easy to find out more. Just find a Mason and ask him about Masonry. You probably know several Masons. Perhaps you’ve seen the Square and Compasses like the one on this page or on a Man’s ring, a pin or bumper sticker. If you know where the lodge is in your community, stop by or look up the number of your local Masonic lodge in the phone book and ask for the Secretary of the Lodge. He’ll be happy to help you.