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Freemasonry is the oldest and largest worldwide Fraternity in the world.
Its members included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, 
Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEO's, opera stars, movie
stars, and probably, your next door neighbour.

Masonry is always ready to welcome good men into the Fraternity. It's ready to 
welcome YOU, if in your heart you can answer "yes" to a few questions.

 

Do you believe that there is such a thing as honour and that a man has a 
responsibility to act with honour in everything he does?

FreeMasons teach that principle. We believe that a life not found on honour is 
hollow and empty-that a man who acts without honour is less than a man.

 

Do you believe in God?

No atheist can be a FreeMason. FreeMasons do not care what your individual faith is, that 
is a question between you and your God, but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being.

 

Are you willing to allow others the same right to their beliefs that you insist on yourself?

Masonry insists on toleration - 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 how you
found it? Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but also to others. We must
do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment,
working on civic projects, or helping children to walk or read or see - the world should be a better
place because we passed through it.

 

Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive?

FreeMasons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it gives each of 
us a good feeling - unlike any other - to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We're not 
after gratitude, we're more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped
another person overcome some adversity, so that their life can go on.

 

Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when
you need it? Masonry is mutual help. Not just financial help (although that's there too) but help in the 
sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.

 

Do you believe there is more to life than just financial success?

FreeMasons 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. 
FreeMasons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works at 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 are afforded to all. A FreeMason is true to his government and its ideals. He 
supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain 
the principals of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading 
manner.

Do you agree that man should show compassion to others, that goodness of heart is 
among the most important of human values?

FreeMasons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who
suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry 
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.

 

Do you believe that men should strive to live a brotherly life?

FreeMasons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together,  a private 
friendship that tells us, that we owe it to each other to be just in our dealing 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 in his relations with one another, his family, and his community. FreeMasons 
call this way of life believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It really means that every FreeMason
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 answer "yes," you should consider becoming a FreeMason.

Freemasonry offers much to its members,  the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference,
and to build a better world for our children. It offers a chance to be with and work with men who have
the same values and ideals,  men who have answered, "YES" to these questions.

It's easy to find out more. Just find a FreeMason and ask him about Masonry. You probably
know several FreeMasons. Perhaps you've seen the Square and Compasses like the one on this page
or on a pin, tie tack, or bumper sticker. If you know where the lodge is in your community, stop by
or look up the number of your local Masonic lodge in the phone book and ask for the secretary of the
lodge. He'll be happy to help you. You can reach Altus´┐Ż Secretary by email or phone by checking 
the officer list. Have you ever considered becoming a FreeMason? We'd like a chance to talk with you.

 

For some of the answers, questions, myths and false statements surrounding Masonry read this page.