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Why did you become a Freemason?

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From: Craig Bicknell <craigmac11@hotmail.com>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 00:08:33 -0500

I joined freemasonry to help others less fortunate and in some cases more fortunate than myself. I have found that people are afraid of things they don't understand but in order to understand you have to have someone willing to explain and support you through your quest for knowledge.

As a child the masons in my area were an older group, always together, but very very approachable. They were willing to sit and talk to young people about anything from the BIBLE to work. They never forced any of their beliefs or knowledge on anybody, but it was there for the taking if you wanted it.

My father was a MASON, did i do it for him NO, my grandfather was a MASON did i do it for him, NO.

I did it for myself as well as all the people out there (young and old) who need that special someone, to talk to, to fix there house, or to help them with their homework.

We are a group of very intellectual and spiritual men, who realize the gifts that god has given. I (we) am just trying to give things back that i have recieved.

Freemasonry is not a religion, it is not a Fraternity like alot of people think, it is in every dark corner of every man, they just have to learn to see the LIGHT.

I am Freemasonry as well as every brother out there. I have always been a mason i just never knew it, now that i know it i benefit from it, at home, at work, evrerywhere.

I would like to thank those older gentlemen for keeping masonry pure and letting me learn when my time was right.

I believe my life has changed for the better and wish everybody who is interested in it to please don't do it for anybody or anything except for self gratification and because you truly care, you care about yourself, your family, and your fellow man.

Remember masonry makes a good man a better man.

Craig Bicknell,
Victory Lodge No. 55

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