Is freemasonry what you expeceted it to be?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by ChrisB, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. ChrisB

    ChrisB Registered User

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    I'd love to know.
     
  2. MacFie

    MacFie Registered User

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    Absolutely not. I had no idea what it would be. I am glad I took the chance to find out though.
     
  3. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    NO freaking way it was anything near what I expected, on many levels. Some levels started bad but all seems to end good when I tough it out. Where else can you do secret rituals right under the publics nose! ;)
     
  4. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Couldn't have put it better myself.
     
  5. Bro.BruceBenjamin

    Bro.BruceBenjamin Premium Member

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    Freemasonry is exactly what I expected it to be. I come from a family of masons and stars that look to each younger generation to build on the foundation that they have laid. I can't help but to reference here Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens the contenance of another.

    "It is not what freemasonry can do for me, but what i will/can do for it."
     
  6. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    i first thought it was some sort of uber secret cult when i first heard about it. "the skulls" (the movie) type thing.
     
  7. MacFie

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    Why is that "We do" song from the Simpsons Stonecutter group coming to mind...
     
  8. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    The Lodge and Lodges are sometimes much less than I thought. By that I mean some of the members and leaders. It has taken me a while to understand the Mason is NOT Masonry. Having said that the craft is so much more than I think I could EVER be imagined. The lessons and teachings are endless. The contstant search I have embarked on is one that I thought would end the day I was raised but my peak into the craft was only a taste. A poor but acurate analogy is its like Heroin. You get a little taste in the degrees but you are hooked if it is done right. I can't quit this craft I am an adict and I don't know the cure.

    Hi my name is Josh and I am a Craft Addict.
     
  9. ChrisB

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    If you was in a up state lodge in new york then it might have been my lodge. Because Bethany lodge # 101, liberty lodge # 521, Monticello lodge #532, And Fallsburg lodge # 1122 all use the same building. You can see the lodge if you look up Monticello lodge # 532. I hope you enjoyed yourself and had a good time.
     
  10. Dave in Waco

    Dave in Waco Premium Member

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    I'm right there with you Brother!!
     
  11. Joe@austin12

    Joe@austin12 Registered User

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    Yes, it is. I joined blue lodge so that I
    could attach my name to that great legacy of men we name cities and buildings after, and I've done just that. No, it isn't. The Ark of the Covenant wasn't opened unto me when I found more light. I am the light my brothers find...just as they are mine. Because that legacy is entirely populated by men, sometimes that light is dim, others it is a beacon, but the light shines regardless of wattage.
     
  12. A7V

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  13. ChrisB

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    Just no nothing else to say about it?
     
  14. A7V

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    No, I would have said it if I did.

    Welcome to the forum!
     
  15. cemab4y

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    I joined in 1982. There was no internet at that time, and the books I found were old, and the information was outdated. I joined with little knowledge, of what the fraternity was all about. Freemasonry (and this includes the appendant bodies) has proven to be much more than I ever imagined. I have met incredible men, from all walks of life. I have sat in lodge with men who risked being sent to concentration camps (I visited a German-speaking lodge in Paris France). I have sat in lodge with men, who kept the fraternity alive, during the communist rule in Russia( I visited a lodge in Moscow Russia). I have met Masons on mountaintops in Afghanistan, and in the oil patch in Saudi Arabia. I have transported children to the Shriner's hospitals, and seen "up close and personal" the miracles that are performed in the Shrine Hospitals.

    I have learned to better myself, and to improve my society and nation. I have had great laughs and entertainment. There are times, when I have wept tears of joy.

    I cannot imagine my life, without Freemasonry.
     
  16. ChrisB

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    You are a real true traveling man. I'm sure you have met many good people along your travels. Keep up the good true square work. I hope to one day be able to go places like that. I do do a lot of charity work. But sometimes I'm looking for a little more, like the movies. I just what knowledge that I thought the masons would have. Cause you can't find it in the history school book. But I still keep going like the energizer bunny.
     

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