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Why did you become a Freemason?

From: "Harley Thompson" <hdsafaris@hpi.net>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 12:01:54 -0600

My father was my biggest hero followed closely by John Wayne, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. They all have instilled in me a philosophy that a handshake is as good as a contract, your word is as good as law, treat people as you would like to be treated, believe in yourself, take responsibility for your own actions, accomplish each task or job to the best of your ability and above all, help those in need and leave the world a little better than you found it.

I had no idea what a Mason was or what Freemasonry was about. In 1996 a friend and Mason invited my wife, and I to several Masonic functions. Being a very shy person, sticking out my hand and saying "Hi! My name is Harley" has always been hard to do, but at each function we attended it became easier and easier, because the people are very friendly and always eager to make you feel at home.

I asked, " What is a Mason and what do Masons do?" The answer was "We help young people with their education by awarding scholarships. We help children with speech and hearing problems. We provide no cost medical care to children with orthopedic problems and burn injuries. I thought to myself that is a very generous and noble cause, but a lot of organizations provide assistance and help to young adults and children.

It wasn't until I had visited a Shrine Hospital that I realized that the Masonic Family is as large in hero status as my father, John Wayne, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. I asked my friend, "How can I become a Mason?"

I am very proud to be a Mason. I have only two regrets. 1. That I didn't find out about Masonry sooner. 2. I'm sorry my father was never a Mason, he would have made a great one.

Harley L. Thompson
El Paso Lodge # 13
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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