Why did you become a Freemason?
From: "Maurice Macknight" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 12:51:41 -0500
Why I Joined Freemasonry
When I was a little boy my father sometimes brought me with him to
visit one of his friends who was a mason. My father was not a mason but
I remember that he held his friend in high regard.
Many years passed before I has another reason to look at freemasonry.
Several men with whom I worked in a mining company were masons,
identified by their rings. I observed them from time to time and
noticed that they were all men of integrity, somewhat more reserved than
most, and often seen together. I was curious.
While in the office of one that I particularly admired, I inquired
about his ring and the conversation led to me asking how I might become
a mason myself. Later that day one of the other men came to my office
with an application form and asked me several questions and then
directed me in filling it out.
In due course I was contacted by four men who came to meet my family
and myself. These were different men than I had notice before. They
were very polite and informed me that they were part of an investigating
commitee that was chosen by their lodge to meet with me and ask a few
Some time later I got a letter informing me that I was accepted and
would be initiated on a certain date and that I would be contacted by my
original friend and brought to the lodge by him on that evening. That
was many years ago. I now occupy the chair of junior warden on my
journey through masonry. It has been a rich and thought provoking
journey to say the least.
I now find myself one of an aging group of men among whom the face of
youth is not absent but is small in number. High on my list of things
to do, indeed, things which I have already begun doing, is examining
several ideas and sources of information which might have the effect of
lending continuity to our group and enriching our lodge by making more
younger men curious about freemasonry. I do so in the hope that the
thing that has enriched me, in so many ways, may at some near future
time begin to similarly enrich others and thus lend continuity to a
Maurice G. Macknight
Bro. Macknight is a member of Elliot Lake Lodge No. 698 in the
Grand Lodge of Canada in the province of Ontario
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