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Why did you become a Freemason?

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From: "Eric Lyons" <ambitio@tampabay.rr.com>
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 22:13:57 -0400

Br. Neil T. Lyons

I am twenty-two years old and am a Fellow-Craft Mason at Lodge # 147 in Sarasota, Florida. I was initiated an Entered-Apprentice in June and I am scheduled to be raised to the sublime degree of Master-Mason in September. My interest in Freemasonry begain when I was 13 years-old and was in attendence of my grandfather's funeral. He was a Past Master of his lodge in New York which one I am not sure. But his brothers gave him a wonderful service at his funeral and I wondered to myself, "if these men are this honorable to one of their own in death I wonder what they are like in life. So from that point on I researched the fraternity and found many things in it that were appealing to me.

In the past two months that I have been a member of this fraternity I have been treated better than most people have treated me in my life exept my closest friends and girl-friend. I work in retail and when I spot a brother wearing the compass and the square I proudly make myself known to them as a brother of the Fellow Craft degree. These men treat me like a member of their own family and I have not known them but five minutes. It is an honor and a priveledge to be apart of this fraternity and I can not think of a single thing that would make me more proud of myself than that of becoming a member of the Brotherhood of Free and Accepted Masons.

To those who may wish to join I would just tell you that it is a very personal decision in which requires quite a bit of self meditation.

Should you choose to join the Fraternity i promise you it will be the best decision you have ever made as it is mine.

Sincerly Yours,

Br. Neil T. Lyons 2nd Degree

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