What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the worlds oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and traditions date to antiquity but the origins of the fraternity pravticed today arose from origins in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Its single purpose is to take good men and make them better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is described as a beautiful system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Which can be interpreted as: Freemasons use the metaphors of operative stone masons' tools and implements, against the allegorical backdrop of the building of King Solomon's Temple to strengthen morality within its membership.
Who May Join And What Are The Qualifications To Become a Mason?
Generally to be accepted into the Masonic Fraternity, a candidate must: be a man who comes of his own free will; believe in a supreme being, the name of which is open to the interpretation of the candidate; be at least 21 years of age however, the age of admittance may be lowered to the age of 18 at the discression of the Grand Lodge to which the candidate is petitioning; have good morals and a good reputation; be of sound mind and body (Lodges in the past denied membership to men who had physical disabilities, now however, if a potential candidate says a disability will not cause problems, it will NOT be held against him); and finally, the candidate must be able to furnish character references.
Why Become A Mason?
Masonry offers you an environment where you can have trust in every person. Moral and civil guidelines along with free thought, free speaking and the spiritual growth of a man can grow into its fullest potential. Also, it provides the opportunity to meet, know and call brother, outstanding individuals from all walks of life that would not otherwise have met. Additionally, it provides self-development opportunities, leadership training and experience that helps public speaking skills. Even more importantly, it can provide an avenue to give back to the community through charitable endeavor
How Do I Become A Mason?
To become a member, talk with a current member. They can give you insight on their experiences with Masonry and can explain in detail the process.
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