posted on Oct, 17 2013 @ 08:15 AM
My Journey into Freemasonry
I have been a member of ATS for years now. When I first joined ATS it was simply because I stumbled across a link in Google while searching for
information about unidentified flying objects.
This page opened my eyes to a great many things that the majority of the population would scoff at. One of the things I have read about repeatedly was
secret organizations, such as Freemasons.
A great many people think the Freemasons are a group of men that meet for clandestine purposes. However, others on ATS would make comments that
contradicted these accusations against Freemasonry – and with such passion that it sparked my interest in Freemasonry.
Now, years later, I decided to join the fraternal order.
I first petitioned my hometown lodge and received an application. A few months later I received a phone call from one of the lodge members who asked
me to come in for an interview.
I went in on a Monday after I got off work. When I knocked on the front door of the lodge I was told by a voice within to come inside. When I entered
the room adjacent to the main lodge there were four men sitting around an elongated table.
I was asked to sit. Each man who sat around the table shook my hand and introduced their selves. They were each very kind and surprisingly open about
what Freemasonry stands for.
They immediately began telling me that I have probably heard many false things about Freemasonry, from both friends and family. I laughed and told
them they were correct.
They asked me then why, despite all that I had been told, had I requested to join. I replied bluntly and told them that I felt a drawing from my
heart to join – as if the fraternal order called out to my heart and I would not be satisfied unless I joined.
They asked me several questions about myself; each question pertained to my character as a man.
After the interview I shook each of their hands and thanked them for their time and consideration. I left the lodge and returned home, honestly
feeling like I didn’t answer their questions to satisfaction.
A month passed and I received a phone call from one of the lodge members, who asked me if I would like to come in and join their fraternity. I
excitedly said I would very happy to join. I was given a date and time to return to the lodge, and told that my initiation would happen that
I arrived at the lodge on the given date and time. The lodge was full of men, some who I knew and other who I didn’t. They had prepared a meal and
we all ate supper together, preceded by a prayer and proceeded by fellowship and conversation.
After dinner we went around front to the main lodge where I was prepared for my initiation. I was afterwards conducted into the lodge and spent a time
being inducted into the ancient fraternal order.
The ritual was very beautifully done. At no time did I feel afraid, nor intimidated. It was the exact opposite. I felt like every man within the lodge
was there for me. I was given more respect as a man than I had ever received outside of the lodge, and was made the youngest Mason of the lodge.
Everyone told me that they were very excited to have me join and looked forward to learning more about me.
Now I am a Mason, made such in a lodge of Freemasons. I have no regrets of joining, except that I did not do it sooner.
I have felt at home in my lodge from day one, and would encourage any upright man who is thinking of joining to do so.
There are no satanic practices. There are no ploughs against mankind. There are no promotions of vices. There is no humiliation or servitude to other
There is brotherly friendship and love. There is respect. There is help when it is needed. There are friends when you need them.
This is a fantastic orginization and I am proud to be a member.