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Why did you become a Freemason?

From: "Maurice Macknight" < maurice.sharpenbest@sympatico.ca>
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 12:51:41 -0500

Why I Joined Freemasonry

When I was a little boy my father sometimes brought me with him to visit one of his friends who was a mason. My father was not a mason but I remember that he held his friend in high regard.

Many years passed before I has another reason to look at freemasonry. Several men with whom I worked in a mining company were masons, identified by their rings. I observed them from time to time and noticed that they were all men of integrity, somewhat more reserved than most, and often seen together. I was curious.

While in the office of one that I particularly admired, I inquired about his ring and the conversation led to me asking how I might become a mason myself. Later that day one of the other men came to my office with an application form and asked me several questions and then directed me in filling it out.

In due course I was contacted by four men who came to meet my family and myself. These were different men than I had notice before. They were very polite and informed me that they were part of an investigating commitee that was chosen by their lodge to meet with me and ask a few questions.

Some time later I got a letter informing me that I was accepted and would be initiated on a certain date and that I would be contacted by my original friend and brought to the lodge by him on that evening. That was many years ago. I now occupy the chair of junior warden on my journey through masonry. It has been a rich and thought provoking journey to say the least.

I now find myself one of an aging group of men among whom the face of youth is not absent but is small in number. High on my list of things to do, indeed, things which I have already begun doing, is examining several ideas and sources of information which might have the effect of lending continuity to our group and enriching our lodge by making more younger men curious about freemasonry. I do so in the hope that the thing that has enriched me, in so many ways, may at some near future time begin to similarly enrich others and thus lend continuity to a beautiful process.

Respectfully submitted,

Fraternally yours,
Maurice G. Macknight

Bro. Macknight is a member of Elliot Lake Lodge No. 698 in the Grand Lodge of Canada in the province of Ontario

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