How to Become a Freemason
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest Fraternity in the world. Members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEOs, celebrities, and probably, your next-door neighbor.
Eureka-North Shore Masonic Lodge represented in our District Committee visit at Doric Lodge 140.
Freemasonry is always ready to welcome good men in the Fraternity. Freemasonry does not recruit new members, so the first step to joining a Masonic Lodge is simply asking.
Becoming a Freemason is not a subject that should be taken lightly but should take consideration. Before potential candidates are admitted, they must first be vouched for by existing members.
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor and that a man is responsible for acting with honor in everything he does?
Masonic lessons teach a principle. Masons believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty and that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.
Do you believe in God or an ever-living Deity?
No atheist can be a Mason. Freemasonry does not concern itself with your individual faith, as this is a question between you and your God; however, we require that a man believes in a Supreme Being.
Are you willing to allow others the same right to their own beliefs that you insist on yourself?
Freemasonry insists on toleration and on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social, and political matters.
Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it?
Freemasonry teaches that every man has a duty not only to himself but to the whole of humanity. Masons must do what they can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects, or helping children learn, read or see. The world should be a better place because Masons have passed through it.
Do you believe that it is more important to give than to receive?
Freemasons are involved in many civic and Masonic charities because we are obligated to help others in need. Much of our help is given anonymously, as Masons are not seeking fame or accolades. Gratitude comes from assisting others in overcoming adversity to improve their lives.
Do you feel that there's something more to life than financial success?
Freemasonry regards no man for his worldly wealth or possessions. Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank, social position, or political power. Those things often accompany self-development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works on building a house.
Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and that we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live?
Freemasons believe that a country is strong as long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development are afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals, and he supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. Masons uphold and maintain the principles of good government and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.
Do you agree that man should show compassion for others and that goodness of heart is among the most essential human values?
Freemasons believe in a certain reverence for all living things and a tenderness toward those suffering. Freemasonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong when discovering the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.
Are you willing to help a fraternal Brother when he needs it and accept their help when you need it?
Freemasonry teaches and requires mutual help and understanding among its Brothers. Service comes in many forms, including financial; however, making yourself available to fellow Brothers by offering compassion, support, a sympathetic ear, or warning of approaching danger is supported by Freemasonry.
Do you believe that men should strive to live a brotherly life?
Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom and a bond that holds men together. It is an intimate friendship that requires us to be just in our dealings and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Freemasons believe a man should maintain an attitude of goodwill and promote unity and harmony in his relations with others, his family, and his community. Masons term this as a way of believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It means that every Mason makes it his duty to follow the golden rule. This is why Masonry has been called one of the most significant forces for good in the world.