Becoming a Freemason
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest Fraternity in the world. Its members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEOs, opera stars, movie stars, and probably, your next door neighbor. Freemasonry is always ready to welcome good men in the Fraternity, and the Grand Lodge of Florida, if within your heart you can answer yes to a few questions:
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?
Masonic lessons teach 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 everliving Deity?
No atheist can be a Mason. Freemasonry does not concern itself with your individual faith, as this is a question between only you and your God; however, we do require that a that a man believe 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 mankind. 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 to 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 helping others overcome 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, or 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 is afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. 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, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values?
Freemasons believe in a certain reverence for all living things and a tenderness toward people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is a matter of principle. Freemasonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover 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 give help to a fraternal Brother when he needs it, and to accept their help when you need it?
Freemasonry teaches and requires mutual help and understanding among its Brothers. Help 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 are all 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 a private 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 good will, and promote unity and harmony is his relations with others, his family and 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 greatest forces for good in the world.
If you answered YES to all of these questions, you should consider becoming a Freemason within the Jurisdiction of Florida. Freemasonry offers to its members the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, and to build a better world for our children. It offers the opportunity to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals. It's easy to learn about Freemasonry in Florida. Simply locate a Lodge within your community, contact the Lodge Secretary and schedule a convenient time to visit the Lodge. If you experience any difficulty finding a Lodge, or contacting the Lodge Secretary, contact the Grand Lodge of Florida and we'll be happy to help!
Source: The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Florida