The Freemasons Grand Lodge of England in 1717.
One of the most important goals of every Freemason is to learn how to be a better man.
Freemasons help their community. Here Ballard Masons provide support for the local Boys & Girls Club.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest world wide fraternity dedicated to the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being and Brotherhood of Man, a system that teaches moral lessons and self-knowledge. Although of a religious nature, Freemasonry is not a religion. It urges its members, however, to be faithful and devoted to their own religious beliefs. It is the world's largest secular, fraternal and charitable organization, more than six million members strong worldwide.
We are not a secret society, but lodge meetings, like those of many other groups, are private and open only to members. The rules and aims of Freemasonry are available to the public. Meeting places are known and in many areas are used by the local community for activities other than Freemasonry. Members are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. You can learn more about the "secret" meaning and history of Common Masonic Symbols here.
New members are asked to make solemn promises concerning their conduct in the Lodge and in society. Each member also promises to keep confidential the traditional methods of proving that he is a Freemason which he would use when visiting a lodge where he is not known. Freemasons do not swear allegiances to each other or to Freemasonry. Freemasons promise to support others.
Do Freemasons Believe In God?
Yes! Freemasonry embraces all men who believe in God. Our membership includes Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and others. The use of descriptions such as the Great Architect prevents disharmony. The Great Architect is not a specific Masonic god or an attempt to combine all gods into one. Thus, men of differing religions pray together without offence being given to any of them.
What Do Freemasons Do?
As a fraternity, Freemasonry provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly companionship. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral principles, it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Freemasonry is of a personal nature in its private ceremonies. Its ritual dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality. It promotes self improvement. The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the basic principles of brotherly love, charity, and truth which Masons are encouraged to practice in their daily lives. Charity is a tangible way in which Masons help those whose circumstances in life fairly warrant it.
What Will I Learn As A Freemasons?
Any man who becomes a Mason is taught a pattern for living - reverence, morality, kindness, honesty, dependability and compassion. He must be prepared to honor his country, uphold its laws and respect those in authority. He must be prepared to maintain honorable relations with others and be willing to share in Masonic activities. Freemasonry is a way of life.
What Does Freemason Membership Require?
One of Freemasonry's customs is not to solicit members. However, anyone should feel free to approach any Mason to seek further information about the Masonic Order. The requirements to become a Freemason are simple:
• Membership is for men
• Be 18 years of age or older
• Meet standards of good moral character and reputation
• Believe in the existence of a Supreme Being
• Ask to join of your own free will
A man who wants to join our organization must be highly recommended by two members or three individuals who can speak to his character and goodwill. He must understand that his character will be investigated. After approval by the members of a Lodge, he will be accepted as an applicant for membership in Freemasonry. The doors of Freemasonry are open to men who seek harmony with their fellow man, feel the need for self-improvement and wish to participate in making this world a better place to live.