Why did you become a Freemason?
From: Steve Symons <email@example.com>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry by Steve Symons
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 23:31:48 -0600
My name is Steve Symons, I'm 18 years old, a senior in high school
and I also play in a heavy rock band. One thing I forgot to mention is
that I am a Master Mason raised last July in Lebanon Lodge #34, in
Langdon, North Dakota, one week after my 18th birthday.
All my life I have been hearing my father talk about Freemasonry,
seeing him go to "Lodge", have his Easter Breakfasts and so on and so
forth. I was always interested in the Craft; I even remember a time
when I asked him what the Square and Compass meant. I was young at the
time, and he explained it the best he could to a little guy who didn't
even understand that a square could be anything but a shape. During
high school I saw and experienced many things with my Dad. My
observations of him have shown me that he is very honest, hardworking,
and modest. He has so many good traits that I hope when I am older I
can say I share them. I slowly realized that the company that he kept
also had many of these same traits. This made me even more interested
in Masonry. So eventually I received "the talk" about Masonry to show
me what it was all about. It sounded like something that could do so
much for me, my family, my wife and kids (hopefully some day), my career
and my life.
So I put in my petition.
The night I was raised, before closing, my Dad asked if he could say
something. All of the Brothers laughed because my Dad is never for "a
loss of words", which is a direct quote from a Brother. Well, he stood
up, and I noticed he had tears in his eyes. He had been elected to
receive his 33rd degree earlier in the year, but he said that this day,
his only son's raising, was the most important Masonic day of his life.
This made me feel the deepest love that I had ever felt for my Father.
He's been a great Dad, and he introduced me to something that will help
me be the man that he is, someday. He made me a third generation Mason.
Thank you DDGM Glen Symons--Dad.
Since I have joined, I have grown closer to my Father, and my
Brothers of all ages, which I admit, it's kind of weird making friends
with 30-80 year olds when you are 18. Two of my closest friends asked
me about Masonry last summer, and they were both raised last month, and
I was the top line signer. They both have qualities similar to mine, so
I knew they would make good Masons. I have become closer to my friends,
who are now my brothers. When I visit other lodges, my Brothers treat
me like they've known me for their whole lives. I get respected without
having to prove myself, because they already know what kind of man I am
striving to be.
Since I am 18 now, a "man" under the law, I decided I had to do
something to break out of my shell. I thought a tattoo would be
perfect. I had to think long and hard about something that I could put
on my body that would be there for the rest of my life. It had to be
something with meaning, so I decided that the Square and Compass minus
the G would be perfect. Well, 50 minutes and $70 dollars later, I had
the exact square and compass that you saw on this homepage. Every time
I see this tattoo, which will ALWAYS be on my upper arm, it reminds me
to be the most honest and moral man that I can possibly be. I just hope
it keeps me on track; some of those college girls look pretty cute!
In closing, no other Fraternity in the world does so much for the
community or its members, and I am proud to be a part of it.
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