I was initiated last week.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jasmith116, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. jasmith116

    jasmith116 Registered User

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    Brethren,

    My name is Jake. I was initiated last Tuesday, the 11th, with another Brother and had the pleasure of watching yet another Brother join our fraternity yesterday. All three of us are thirty or younger, but about as different as three people can be. I love it. From the day I got my petition, to my interview, to my initiation, every visit I've had thus far has made me fall more and more in love with the philosophy and fraternity of Freemasonry. I positively cannot wait to make Master Mason, and I've already made great headway on my lecture with help from the WM. I guess my reason for joining this forum is to be able to talk about Masonry with those who understand, and to avoid talking the ears off of those who don't. Any advice on my lecture or putting my working tools to use would be much appreciated!

    By the way, I'm from South Arkansas and I'm 23 years old.
     
  2. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    Congratulations, and welcome!
     
  3. Buckeye

    Buckeye Registered User

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    Welcome Brother!
     
  4. Adrian Martinez

    Adrian Martinez Registered User

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    Welcome to the fraternity, brother. A wonderful journey is ahead of you.
     
  5. Keith C

    Keith C Registered User

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    Congratulations Brother! You will greatly enjoy the journey ahead of you!
     
  6. Bloke

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    "or putting my working tools to use"

    What great question Brother ! It is one of the hardest things about Masonry - the aspect of quality self reflection and improvement. And... it's a long road which should never end. You have many years to walk it, but always emulate what you find praiseworthy in others and correct in yourself what you see in others as a defect.

    I recently saw a man get a 70 years jewel (this means he had been a member of a lodge of 70 continuous years) and he spoke of his night of initiation and how, looking back, it brought great change in his life. You might not see it at first, but it will happen, and it will often happen slowly - Freemasonry does not work like a blowtorch on ice, but rather like water on the stone in a stream.. Anyway, the Brother also spoke of the man he was initiated with - how they became lifelong friends, even though the other moved to England - and you often hear stories like that. See if you can mutually support your fellow candidate of the night of your initiation - hopefully you will share a common bond (and interests) which will bind you together.

    Congratulations Brother :)
     
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  7. Bloke

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    "or putting my working tools to use"

    What great question Brother ! It is one of the hardest things about Masonry - the aspect of quality self reflection and improvement. And... it's a long road which should never end. You have many years to walk it, but always emulate what you find praiseworthy in others and correct in yourself what you see in others as a defect.

    I recently saw a man get a 70 years jewel (this means he had been a member of a lodge of 70 continuous years) and he spoke of his night of initiation and how, looking back, it brought great change in his life. You might not see it at first, but it will happen, and it will often happen slowly - Freemasonry does not work like a blowtorch on ice, but rather like water on the stone in a stream.. Anyway, the Brother also spoke of the man he was initiated with - how they became lifelong friends, even though the other moved to England - and you often hear stories like that. See if you can mutually support your fellow candidate of the night of your initiation - hopefully you will share a common bond (and interests) which will bind you together.

    Congratulations Brother :)
     
  8. ashmounazer

    ashmounazer Registered User

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    Congrats brother, the first step is the greatest one. The journey is long but we're all here to help you in your travels.

    Sent from my SM-G970F using My Freemasonry mobile app
     
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  9. jasmith116

    jasmith116 Registered User

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    Thank you all! I appreciate the warm welcome and great advice very much.

    Sent from my SM-G955U using My Freemasonry mobile app
     
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  10. frehm

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    A big welcome from the Kingdom of Sweden and the Swedish order of Freemasons.
    I'm 27 and joined freemasonry almost two years ago.
     
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  11. bro.william

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    it's always nice to be reminded of the excitement I had when I was a newly-made EA. mind, I'm still not very far from that, but I hope I never lose the feeling entirely. thus far, each step has only enriched the experience. welcome, brother.
     
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  12. Matt Ross

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    Welcome, Brother! Glad to see you here. It's definitely a good idea to surround yourself with brethren here who know what you're dealing with and who may even be in your jurisdiction to help with your proficiency through each degree. Congratulations on your initiation! I know how profound mine was here in Michigan.
     
  13. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Congratulations and welcome to the forum Brother.
     

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