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Why did you become a Freemason?

Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 12:38:57 -0700
From: "Jon Lenker" <jlenker@CI.JEROME.ID.US>
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>

A year and a half ago, I went through some very trying times; so harsh that many options went though my mind. I tried withdrawing into myself and my kids, I tried counseling, I tried keeping myself as busy as possible, I tried alcohol to not have to face the reality of the situations I was having to deal with. None of these things worked. Yeah, keeping busy helped to occupy my mind but did nothing to alleviate the pain I was in emotionally and spiritually. I turned to church. I found a church that accepted me and my family, even with the issues I was facing. That helped greatly. There was still something missing. My spiritual and personal growth was improving but I felt I needed more. As a Police Officer it was hard to ask for help.

I responded to a break in at the local Lodge one day. After taking the report, the Worshipful Master was kind enough to answer some questions. I grew up with two grandfathers in Masonry, both Past Masters of another local Lodge. I was always told as a kid that they could not talk about what happened in Lodge. I never thought to ask questions as I got older. I received two things from my grandfathers when they passed; a Masonic ring and a pin knife. The last of my Great Uncles who were Masons passed away a few years ago and with him my only link to the Masons. Some of the family did not like the Masonic portion of the service as they thought it to be outside of Christianity. I saw it as an amazing and deep ritual, celebrating life, creation, brotherly love, and respect. Through my time speaking with The Worshipful Master, I have since joined and recently passed my EA Obligation. I have found much peace, guidance, and friendship through my, thus far, short journey as a Mason. I look forward to continuing my journey and my growth as a person.

I was nervous when I had my First Degree conveyed and even more so with the amount of memorization work to complete the degree. I found an inner strength to accomplish the goal and the inner strength to know that asking for help was not a sign of weakness but a sign of respect for those who have been there and a strength to know when you need help. I found that I knew many people in the Lodge but never knew who or how to ask. Now when I see these Brothers out in town, I know that no matter what happens in life, I always have Brothers to stand by me in times of trouble and to help guide me in times of doubt. There is an unspoken bond now that has never before been felt.

I can never repay our Worshipful Master for the peace of mind he and the Lodge have brought to my life.

Jon Lenker

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