Why did you become a Freemason?
From: "Jason Mapplebeck" <email@example.com>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 15:32:02 -0400
Dear Bro. Dryfoos,
I think what first brought my attention to Freemasonry was the
interaction I had with many Masons. I worked at a busy restaurant while
I attended university. Many of the Masons from around the province
stopped by the restaurant for a bite to eat while travelling throughout
Nova Scotia, Canada. Sometimes they were wearing clothing that
identified them as Masons, and other times it was simply a ring, but
they all had one thing in common; they were all very nice and
respectful. I inquired about the ring of one gentleman one afternoon and
he explained what it was and told me that it was a way good men become
About a year later I asked a person that I respected what he knew
about Freemasons. Oddly enough he was one. He told me that nobody joins
for what they can get out of the Fraternity, and it is only going to
make you a better person. So I moved around a bit working here and there
across eastern Canada until I found myself settled in a city in New
Brunswick. All along I never forgot any interaction that I had with
Masons. Once I was settled in New Brunswick, Canada I formed a
friendship with someone I did not know was a Mason. Months went by until
I mentioned my desire of becoming a Mason in front of him. From there I
found myself becoming part of the best thing in my life. Not for what I
can take out of Masonry, or for business contacts, that is what service
clubs are for, but because of that special feeling that I have knowing I
am one of 8 million brothers world wide.
Now I know you are looking for essays on why we became Masons, but I
think what is also important is why we remain Masons. I can tell you
that as I travel from Lodge to Lodge, meeting new Masons all of the time
there is no more welcoming feeling then being amongst brothers. I walk
into a new Lodge and it feels better than being at home. We all know we
are not getting anything material out of being a mason (money, business
contacts etc) it is this other thing I can not describe that makes me
thankful that I became a mason.
Bro. J. Mapplebeck
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