What I Would Like My Friends To Know About Freemasonry
By Authority of
The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free And
Accepted Masons of Oregon
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY? Freemasonry is a society of men working together in the interest of serving mankind.
HCW DO MASONS WORK TO SERVE MANKIND? Masons work to enhance their communities and to help needy people in all walks of life.
HOW DO MASONS ENHANCE THEIR COMMUNITIES? Masons assist public schools and other public bodies in a variety of ways. Masons and members of Masonic affiliated bodies assist as tutors. Some Lodges have scholarship programs, student recognition programs, and activities recognizing the achievements of students and teachers. Masons serve as volunteers for many community projects. The reason you may not have learned about this involvement is that Masons seek only to provide service.
HOW DO MASONS ASSIST THOSE IN NEED?
Most Masonic Lodges and Masonic affiliated bodies provide funds and services for those in need. Some of these activities include helping children who are crippled or burned or who have learning disabilities or visual prohlems, or who need denial restoration, and contributing to cancer and other research and to other health and rehabilitation services. Masons and Masonically related bodies spend over two million dollars a day for charitable and benevolent purposes. In addition to National and Statewide programs, help is extended to solve personal problems, such as paying medical bills, restoring fire or flood damaged homes and assist-
HOW CAN I AFFORD TO BE A MEMBER? Masons and those in Masonically affiliated bodies often have only modest incomes. Much of the money spent on charity is obtained by sponsoring fund raising activities.
AS A MASON, WHAT WOULD I GET OUT OF IT? The satisfaction of knowing you are helping those in need and knowing that future generations may be better off because of your efforts.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF MASONRY? Fellowship. Fellowship forms a bond between members. Masons plan many activities for the entire family. Our families generally share our interests and goals. Masons assist distressed brother Masons and the wives, widows, and children of Masons. Brotherly love is both an obligation and a privilege.
IS MASONRY A SECRET SOCIETY?
No. Masonry is a society which has some secrets. Our modes of recognition, opening and closing ceremonies and the ceremonies of conferring the degrees of Masonry are our only secrets. We are proud to show that we are Masons.
IS MASONRY A RELIGION? No. All Masons must believe in one Supreme Being and in life after death. Masonry encourages each
Albert Mackey (33°), J.D. Buck, Daniel Sickles, R. Swinbourne Clymer, C.W. Leadbeater (33°) and a host of other big Masonic authorities.
Can it be possible that Freemasonry is really involved in creating a socialist one-world-government? Obviously, the Freemasons can't be entirely faulted for trying to keep this one a secret. If the common man knew what the ultimate goal of the Masonic leadership was, they would likely be very angry. And who can say what their reaction would be to find out they have made monkeys of us.
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