Why did you become a Freemason?
From: Gary Iverson <email@example.com>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 17:02:40 -0800
Why did I become a Mason? As all people do, I reached a point in my
life where I was at a crossroad. Why did I want to do with my life?
Surely there was more to "it" than the grind of work punctuated by time
for the family?
One day I asked my self this question. What do all the good men in
my life have in common that made them worthy of emulation? One man was
my father, another the Scoutmaster of my youth, another a good friend in
my hobby of re-enacting the American Civil War, and another was just a
good guy I had met and struck up a friendship with.
While each of them had things in common with others of them, not one
consistent characteristic rang true for all of them. Sure I though my
Dad was the greatest guy on the face of the earth. Sure all these men
were honest, helpful, kind, generous, and displayed the characteristic
of what I thought a good men would have. But what was the common thread
they all shared?
Then one day it hit me. The one thing that all these men had in
common was Freemasonry.
I didn't jump into Freemasonry lightly. It took a lot of research on
line, a lot of discussions with these men, and a lot of thoughtful
consideration on my part before I made my decision. Finally, I asked my
past Scoutmaster for an application.
It is now three years later. I have never regretted my decision to
join Freemasonry. In fact, I think it was one of the smartest moves I
have ever made. When someone asks me why I joined, I relay this story
to them. I then ask them what traits they find admirable in
people. This usually leads to me relating how I think Masonry fills
those ideals we all share. I let them known that no one can ask you to
become a Mason, and I leave the next step up to them.
So far, in the last three years, I have had 5 people ask me for
applications. I am proud to call all five my brothers. After all, who
wouldn't want a brother who espouses the same traits as all good
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