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Why I Became a Freemason

Freemasonry, to me, was a mystery when I first joined. I joined at a period in my life where I was at a crossroads. I like to say that Freemasonry found me, not the other way around. I joined the fraternity in 2016 to become a better person, to give back to my community, my country. I served 14 years with the military, and am currently employed as a 911 dispatcher.

Freemasonry has become a large part of my life. I thoroughly enjoy the historic and philosophical aspect of our Craft. From the written history of our English brethren, to the origins and mythos surrounding our Craft, to the philosophical teachings of our brethren and the many great minds throughout history, to the architectural and masonic symbols "hidden in plain sight" — I love it all.

There is also the fraternal aspect of the Craft. Knowing that no matter where you go, you will have a Brother there. No matter what our political, religious or professional backgrounds are, we all "meet on the level" and share that common bond. I make it a point to always introduce myself to a Brother in public when I "recognize the signs," those signs usually being a shirt, a hat or ring — or in my case, a patch on a motorcycle vest — that is Masonic in nature. You never know whom you may meet!

There are many paths within Freemasonry. From charities, to appendant bodies, to the more esoteric side of our Craft, to simple camaraderie. There is no one, set path for a traveling man. Each chooses his own journey. And that journey may change over time. There is a saying that you get out of Freemasonry what you put into it. I would argue that you get back tenfold what you put into it. It is a labor of love, for many of us. And, to join us in the quarries and share in our labor, all you need do is ask.

        — Bro. Bill Reed

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