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Why did you become a Freemason?

From: ashley whitehurst <whitehurst@rocketmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 08:49:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: ashley whitehurst <whitehurst@rocketmail.com>
Subject: MASONRY

Why did I become a Mason?

My father has been a Mason since his early twenties. Some of my earliest memories include him preparing to attend lodge. On these days I remember him as a more thoughtful and quieter person seeming to let his "guard " against the world down. There were more phone calls to the house for him invoking different responses as to the message from the caller. As a child, I wondered what could be initiating these changes in him. Certainly he was the same person, but somehow different.

As I grew older my interest in theses occurences waned as I became involved in high school and college activities. After a stint on active duty with the military, I moved home again for a short time and there these changes became evident again.

Remembering my childhood wonderment of this, I asked him about the Masons one afternoon. His response came later that evening upon his return from a lodge meeting in the form of an application for acceptance into the Masons. Out of curiosity, I took the first step and ventured into the world of Free and Accepted Masons.

That was several years ago and I have never ceased to wonder at the feeling of brotherly love and camraderie that prevails among the brothers. Family would be the term I would use to describe the feelings one has when in my home lodge or in a lodge I visit. These are feelings that can only be realized when a person takes the first step into the Order.

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