Why did you become a Freemason?
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 22:58:52 EST
Subject: (no subject)
Hello, I came upon your page and thought that it was the most
informative page for Masons and Non-Masons alike.
My first experience with Masonry was back when I went 21 years old
and on my way to Army boot camp. We had a recruit who was 34 years old
whose name I only remember as Specialist Thomas and had joined the Army
to provide a better life for his 2 daughters. I found this to be the
most unselfish act. However, I found that this recruit was the only one
who wore a ring on his finger. It was a Masonic Ring. It was then that
I realized that the majority of my Drill Instructors were also Masons
because of the "Light" on their cars and on their fingers. There was
something about them that I found to be different. They carried
themselves proudly and looked as if the knowledge they contained within
was there so long as you asked for it. The only thing that I could
connect to them was that they were all Masons. I figured that if this
would be what I could expect from Masonry, then I would by all means
make it a point to become a Mason. I asked Spc. Thomas a lot of
questions about the Masons and ultimately I asked him how would I go
about joining the Brotherhood. However, before anything happened, I was
sent back home due to a death in my family. That was in 1995.
From that time on, I tried to contact him and I did not know that all
I had to do was ask anyone who was a Mason. I started working as a
wireless phone technician in October and I met a Brother who worked in
the store I worked in. On March 3, 2001, I was initiated as an Entered
Apprentice. I am now a FellowCraft and am becoming a Master Mason
within the next coming months. I think about the close calls I had in
the Army with Masonry and I can just say that the Lord did not deem that
time in my life appropriate for me to fully understand what being a
Brother or a Mason really was. I am now 27 years old and I know that I
am spiritually ready for the task ahead of me.
Thank you for allowing me to be able to share my story.
Motto: Be Patient. The Great Architecht is designing the plans for
your foundation as we live and your "building" will soon begin to rise
and take shape.
F.C. Gabriel Roman
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