Why did you become a Freemason?
From: "skip burks" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 22:26:59 -0500
From: skip burks
Subject: Essay for Freemasonry
Why did I become a Freemason?
Well one reason for it is because both my father and grandfather are
Masons. My grandfather passed away several years ago, but he was very
active in his blue Lodge. I saw what Masonry did for both of them in
the manner in which they both conducted their lives. They both were
honest, upright, and faithful men. This is what the fraternity teaches
I did not know what to expect before I petitioned my lodge for
membership almost three years ago. I had an idea about what it was
about because I had grown up around it, but I did not join just because
I wanted to be "curious: and see what it was all about. I joined
because I knew there were some type of teachings instilled. A certain
way to act and conduct oneself.
What have I gotten out of Masonry? Well that is a big question,
because anyone who is active in the fraternity is going to get something
out of it. There are several things I have gotten out of it from good
friendly fellowship twice a month, to a way of life, a belief, and a
desire to want to help my fellow man. There is one thing that Masonry
does for you that probably no other fraternity or society will do, when
you are down and out, and need help you can always count on a Mason to
help you, whether you are a Mason or not. Children who have run away
from home, or need some help can trust us, because we are good, we are
pure well maybe not pure, but, we can be trusted to do the right thing.
Masonry is a great tradition and fraternity, those who talk badly
about it are the uninformed. Contrary to popular belief there is
nothing "secret" other than our ritual work and our modes of
recognition. If it is printed it is open for anyone.
There is one night I will never forget as long as I am living. It
was June 1995 the night I was raised to the sublime degree of Master
Mason. I had my father raise me, the Past Grand Master of Florida, and
I had my grandfather's apron on. What more could a man ask for? My
father stood up and said "Tonight I walked in with a son and tonight I
am walking out with a brother." The feeling that gives you is totally
That is my explanation of what Masonry is to me and what it has meant
to me. I could go on in more detail, but I think those involved with
the Fraternity understand where I am coming from. I hope I was able to
help the young person asking about Masonry.
Fraternally Skip Burks, Senior Warden Duval Lodge 159 Jacksonville, Fl
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