[Square & Compasses]

Why did you become a Freemason?

Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 17:08:19 -0500
From: "Elliott Nicholas Gion"
Organization: University of Missouri
To: dryfoo@MIT.EDU
Subject: Essay on why I became a Mason

Dear Brother Dryfoos,

I would be more than willing to share with you or any prospective brotheren some of the ways I developed an interest in the Fraternity. For one, my grandfather was a Mason and a member of the Moolah Shrine. He was an idol for me in his character and his achievements. It was always a dream for me to follow in his footsteps.

Yet, one of the biggest reasons why I became a Mason was due to my observations of my college roomate. I discovered that he was a fantastic individual whose morals were nearly the same as mine. He is a decent man who I could trust with my life. I saw his Masonic ring he had on and asked him about it. He told me a few brief things about the Fraternity, but something that inspired me the most was this notion that there is a common denominator throughout the bretheren. These fine men are representative of the things that he and I had in common--decency, character, being good to your word, and being dependable. I felt instantly eager with anticipation to join a group that supports these values. I can now say that without a doubt in my mind that becoming a Mason and a brother to all the wonderful Masons in the world was bar none the best thing I have done in my life.

Elliott Nicholas Gion
Twilight Lodge #114

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