If I become a Freemason, what is their Mission?

Freemasons help to build a better world through a unique and worthy process of building better men to live in it.  The Freemason Motto is:  "Better men make a better world."

What is Masonry all about?

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organization. It is a brotherhood or society of men from all social and economic classes coming together for the sole purpose of making good men better. Better for themselves, better for their families, better for their communities and better men for their God.

What principles will I learn?

You will learn to practice brotherly love for all, charitable relief for those who may be in need, morality and good citizenship in every community.

What type of fraternal society is Freemasonry?

Masonry's active ideal is the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God.

I’ve read that many of our Founding Fathers were Masons, is that true?

Yes, quite a few of our colonial and Revolutionary War heroes were Masons, as have influential and famous people of all eras. This list of notable men include: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Wofgang Amadeus Mozart, Ty Cobb, Will Rogers, John Wayne, Arnold Palmer and many, many more

Can my family be involved: and how?

As in many organizations and activities, it is important to have the acceptance and support of our families Masonry is a fraternity, meaning that it is a “men’s” organization. However, many lodges have activities that include wives and children. In addition, there are specific organizations related to Freemasonry that are designed for husband and wife membership and participation, such as Eastern Star and the White Shrine. There are also organizations for children, Rainbow and Job’s Daughters for girls and Demolay for boys

How does Freemasonry contribute to Character Building?

All Masonic activities stress the values of personal integrity and personal responsibility. Each of the 3 degrees within a lodge culminates in a man becoming a Master Mason.

Each member is encouraged to make efforts to improve his community in the interest of human welfare, inspire the members with feelings of charity and good will for all mankind as well as move them to translate these learned principles and convictions into individual action.

What will I learn if I become a Free Mason?

You will learn biblical history from  the days of Solomon's Temple, throughout the Middle Ages  In Europe, Masonic Speculative Lodges and Grand Orient Lodges were being formed in each country. 

Many exact dates of historical events are sometimes difficult to discern, however Masonic records show that these Grand Lodges were formed in:  England in 1717, Ireland in 1725, France in 1728, the United States in 1730 and Scotland in 1736. 

If you wish to study and learn, the Holy Scriptures will finally begin to come alive to you with their real people and their successes and failures.  You will learn biblical truths with the Supreme Architect of the Universe, as your Master.

If I contact someone to become a Free Mason, will I receive a continuous barrage of spam and junk mail?

No

Why not?

In some jurisdictions, a man wishing to become a Freemason must of his own free will, ask to become a Freemason.  In other jurisdictions, (a few U.S. states and in England), a man wishing to become a Freemason may be invited to join by a current member who feels that he would be an asset to the Fraternity. 

In either case, each and every man comes to Freemasonry of his own free will and accord. 

Every man who wishes to become a Freemason (whether he requests to be admitted as a member or whether he has been invited to be admitted to the fraternity) must be investigated as to his background and then balloted upon by his prospective Lodge's brethren.

If I join Freemasons, will I learn Freemasons secrets and Masonic Lodge Secrets?

Yes.  But, if Freemasons secrets and Masonic Lodge secrets are your main reason for joining, your enthusiasm will soon diminish.  Here are the Freemason's secrets:  They are the grips, passwords, penal signs and ritual work. 

The remainder of the craft of Freemasonry is found in the Holy Books around the world, the Old Charges, which are old Manuscripts and Old Lodge Charters which date back to 1390, and in Freemason books. 

In fact, if you are considering becoming a Freemason, the easiest way to begin learning about Freemasonry is to begin right here on this website.

I hear and read about  Freemasons being satanic, taking part in pagan rites, attempting to create a New World Order (NWO), such as the New World Order videos on YouTube, and their plans to take over the world.  Is any of this true?

No.This is an old one that will probably never go away. It's rather absurd from a logical, organizational, practical and just about every other standpoint. Freemasons mostly plan barbeques, often with great difficulty.

In fact, let's consider this, rationally, at greater length.  Entire countries and civilizations have come, gone and changed in the several hundred year period during which Freemasonry has existed.

If Freemasons were, in fact, attempting to take over the world, (having approximately 300+ years in which to accomplish such a feat), one could only come to the logical conclusion that these Masonic secrets are either tremendously well-kept (from both Freemasons and non-Freemasons) or... that after all this time, Freemasons aren't very effective planners.

Is Free Masonry a secret Masonic society?

Freemasonry's "secret" inheritance from the past is largely ceremonial.  The Masonic Freemason fraternity meets in Masonic halls and temples, whose addresses are in the telephone books in the United States. 

(However, it is difficult to call a specific lodge because most only meet a couple times a month, therefore, if you stop by, there probably won't be anyone there.) 

Most Freemasons proudly wear their Masonic rings and Masonic lapel pins. 

If you are thinking about joining the fraternity, and becoming a Master Mason, it is also beneficial to you to learn more about the reason why Freemasons wear a Masonic signet ring which displays Freemasonry's logo, the square and compasses.

Many member's vehicles display Masonic emblems such as the Square and Compass. or the famous 2B1Ask1, ... To-Be-One-Ask-One bumper sticker. 

Newspapers and magazines record many of their activities and list their officers....and their charity work and events are not only very public, but very well attended.

Each jurisdiction has a Grand Lodge. Here is a list of the Grand Lodges around the world. Each state in the United States also has a Grand Lodge. Subordinate lodges fall under their Grand Lodge's jurisdiction.

Most Grand Lodges around the world have websites, as do many subordinate lodges.

Despite the ongoing National Treasure documentaries, and the DeCoded episode on television in December, 2010, which inferred that Freemasons somehow used our symbolic Masonic tools to stealthily remove the cornerstone to our nation's Capitol, (without anyone noticing), in reality, the everyday Freemason's secrets remain, (as they have for centuries) as the specific grips, penal signs, passwords and ancient rituals used within the lodge. 

These are carryovers from ancient ceremonies, which, if omitted, would remove some of Freemasonry's very proud history.

I read and hear a lot about the belief in Masonic pentagrams in the streets of Washington, D.C., secret Masonic conspiracies, Anti-Christian and anti-Bible beliefs, etc.   If I become a Freemason, will I learn more about these?

No.

Why not?

There aren't any....which is why none can be "uncovered".  If your sole reason to join Freemasonry is to learn more about these types of Masonic myths, media hype, the occult and other supposed Masonic secrets, you will be deeply disappointed.

Is Freemasonry Anti-Christian?

No.

Is Freemasonry a religion?

No. Freemasonry encompasses and welcomes members from all religions.

If I become a Freemason, will I be expected to change my religion?

No.  The foundation of Freemasonry is the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God.  Only those who are truly religious can fully understand the meaning of "universal brotherhood". 

Except in a very few jurisdictions around the world, only those who believe in a Supreme Being can be members of the Masonic Fraternity.  There are no specific religions mentioned in Masonic ceremonies nor in Masonic prayers.

Freemasonry is not a church, a tabernacle, a mosque nor a synagogue, nor is it a substitute for any of them or for any religious observance. 

Freemasonry is non-sectarian, which means it is not affiliated with nor restricted to any particular religious denomination.  The form of a man's belief is his own business.  In fact, many active Masons are active religious laymen. 

In the United States, most lodges use the Holy Bible, however, if you are of another religion, you may request that your sacred holy book (Torah, Veda, Koran, etc.) be placed beside the Bible during lodge meetings.  Some lodges have several sacred books to accommodate the different religions of its members. 

Lodges whose members are wholly of a specific religion may choose to use their sacred books only.

Is a Masonic Bible different than any other Bible on the market, today?

No.  (Although many Masonic bibles have Preface pages which may be filled in to record the dates of its owner having receiving their degrees, as well as possibly a Study Guide or Biblical Index, to assist its owner to understand certain phrases, symbols and the biblical verses used within Freemasonry.) 

Is Freemasonry a political group?

No.  In fact, both politics and specific religions are discouraged from being mentioned in lodge because to do so may negate its collective peace, harmony, and thus, its universality of spirit.

What do Freemasons do?

As mentioned above, one of the primary goals of Masonry is self-Improvement, which is a natural by-product of a member’s Masonic experiences. As a fraternal organization, bonds of brotherhood are formed between the members, which can result in lifelong friendships between brothers who share similar values, but our members come from tremendously different backgrounds, which is a good thing. In addition, Masonic Lodges are usually involved with a variety of charitable and community involvement projects. Many lodges/ Masons are also involved in volunteer work at local schools. Because Freemasonry is not controlled by a central bureaucratic hierarchy, there is no single, central cause or charity. It is up to the individual lodge and/or state to determine the best method and object of their charitable means.

Currently in North America, the Masonic Fraternity continues this tradition by giving almost $1.5 million each day to causes that range from operating children’s hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes.

Can I quit being a Freemason if I want to?

Any Mason in good standing (whose annual dues are paid) may withdraw from membership at any time.

What are the requirements to become a Freemason?

The requirements to join Freemasons, are:

  • You must be a man of good repute.
  • In most U.S. states, you must be over the age of 21. Some states vary, so you will need to ask.
  • You must believe in a Supreme Being.  (This is a requirement in the majority of jurisdictions around the world.)
  • You must be able to support yourself and your family. 
  • You must live a moral and ethical life.
  • You must have a strong desire to want to make a difference in the world.  By your actions, you want to make yourself a better man, and make your community and the world a better place to live.

Are Lodge dues expensive if I become a Freemason?

Typically, lodge dues are a nominal sum in the United States, however each Lodge varies, somewhat.  Lodge dues in other countries vary.  Some are nominal sums and some can be more expensive.  Inquiries as to the annual dues in your area should be made to your individual lodge.

What will I gain if I become a Freemason?

  1. You will never again be truly alone, because you are a part of a brotherhood of men who want to see you prosper in all ways possible and if it is within their ability, they will help you to do so.
  2. You will learn to focus your energies upon an upright and truthful life, and remove the more negative excesses which all of mankind must continually resist.
  3. If you become a Freemason, you will become a better man, if you truly wish to study and learn.

Why is Freemasonry not a "cult"?

Cults use psychological coercion to recruit. The Freemasons do not recruit nor do they use psychological coercion. A cult leader is usually self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic and not accountable. Masonic leadership is member elected and held to strict regulations. Cults typically do not benefit society. Freemasonry is an institution intentionally designed to benefit society.

How do I begin the process to become a Freemason?

  1. In the United States, you may look in the telephone book for the phone number of a Masonic lodge near you, however, it is highly probable no one will be there to answer your call because lodges usually only meet twice a month, during a week day, in the evening. 
  2. If you find a man who has a bumper sticker that says:  2B1Ask1, you may ask him to provide you a petition.  He probably won't have a petition for Masonic admission with him, but if you give him your name and phone number, he will contact a member of his lodge, who will contact you. 
  3. However, the easiest way to begin the process to become a Freemason is to contact your state or country's Grand Lodge. You may call them or fill out their website form and request that they have someone contact you. 

Then what happens? 

  • Arrangements will be made to meet you, personally, to discuss Freemasonry. 
  • A committee of members from the Lodge, which are called the Investigative Committee, will contact you to arrange a meeting.

    They will answer any questions you may have.  If the meeting is mutually satisfactory; you will be asked if you wish to fill out a petition form. 
  • The Investigative Committee performs inquiries of others as to your character. In the United States, this may take a few weeks. In most other countries around the world, this thorough investigative process may take up to 2 years.
  • Your request for membership will be balloted upon by the lodge's members. 
  • You will be advised of the date of your admission

Is it true that Initiates are hazed and abused?

No - Any form of hazing is forbidden in all recognized masonic jurisdictions. This type of behavior is unmasonic and is prohibited.

What’s In It For Me?

Masonry provides a setting where you can confidently trust every other member, not just for yourself, but for your family as well. Masonry encourages freethinking, free speaking and spiritual growth, helping you grow to your fullest potential. Masonry provides an opportunity to meet outstanding individuals from every walk of life; people whom you would not otherwise have the chance to meet.

Masonry’s core beliefs are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Masonry provides self-development opportunities, leadership experience and the chance to improve in public speaking.

Masonry provides a setting where you can seek support as well as to offer it.

Masonry provides a reinforcement of your moral values and virtues.

Masonry provides an opportunity to spend time with a group of brothers where you will feel encouraged to become a better man.

Not better than others, but better than you might otherwise have been.

Masonic teachings help you to become better equipped to serve your church and community.

Masonry provides opportunities to meet with established members of your community and to become a larger part of your community

Do Freemasons worship the devil?

A Big NO on this one. - In the 19th century a man named Leo Taxil wrote a fictional book about devil worshiping freemasons as a hoax. It was a false accusation then and it is just as false now. This ignorance lives on even today.

I heard The Freemasons is a networking organization. Is this true?

NO - The fraternity is definitely not a networking organization. Every once in a while a guy slips in who thinks otherwise and he is usually extremely disappointed. The lodge is not for exchanging business cards and you are not likely to benefit from it in that regard. If you are thinking of joining for that reason, save yourself and everyone else a whole lot of wasted time.

Freemasonry is often referred to as "The Craft" isn't that a pagan, witchcraft or wiccan reference?

Not in the case of Freemasonry - Commonly accepted definitions of the word "craft" are centric to "skill in planning, making or executing", "occupation or trade requiring skill" or "members of a trade, guild or association". "Craft Masonry" is also the more universal term for "Blue Lodge Masonry" simply referring to the first three degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.

Is it ok for a non-mason to represent themselves as a freemason?

No - Representing yourself as a member of an organization to which you do not belong may be considered to be fraud and even punishable by law in some areas. This is a result of the often close relationship with many fraternal organizations and insurance benefits. Even though most grand lodges do not offer insurance, the laws still apply. If your father was a mason and you are not, you may be tempted to wear his ring. Be aware that he would definitely disapprove of this.