|WHAT DO MASONS DO, WHY SHOULD I BECOME ONE?
This is a good place to repeat what we said earlier about why men become
There are things they want to do in the world.
There are things they want to do "inside their own minds."
They enjoy being together with men they like and respect.
Masons enjoy each other's company.
It's good to spend time with people you can trust completely, and most Masons
find that in their lodge. While much of lodge activity is spent in works of charity
or in lessons in self-development, much is also spent in fellowship. Lodges
have picnics, camping trips, and many events for the whole family. Simply put, a
lodge is a place to spend time with friends.
Some men are surprised that no one has ever asked them to become a Mason. They may even feel
that the Masons in their town don't think they are "good enough" to join. But it doesn't work that
way. For hundreds of years, Masons have been forbidden to ask others to join the fraternity. We
can talk to friends about Masonry. We can tell them about what Masonry does. We can tell them
why we enjoy it. But we can't ask, much less pressure, anyone to join.
There's a good reason for that. It isn't that we're trying to be exclusive. But becoming a Mason is a
very serious thing. Joining Masonry is making a permanent life commitment to live in certain ways.
We've listed some of them- to live with honor and integrity, to be willing to share with and care
about others, to trust each other, and to place ultimate trust in God. No one should be "talked into"
making such a decision.
So, when a man decides he wants to be a Mason, he asks a Mason for a petition or application. He
fills it out and gives it to the Mason, and that Mason takes it to the local lodge. The Master of the
lodge will appoint a committee to visit with the man and his family, find out a little about him and
why he wants to be a Mason, tell him and his family about Masonry, and answer their questions.
The committee reports to the lodge, and the lodge votes on the petition. If the vote is
affirmative-and it usually is-the lodge will contact the man to set the date for the Initiation to
receive the Entered Apprentice Degree. When the person has completed all three degrees, he is a
Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity.
|How does a man become a Mason?