How to join Freemasons?

by Devan
(Alice, Texas, U.S.)

I have always been attracted to the Masonic Lodge in my city. In fact, I was interested in Freemasonry before I even knew that my city had a lodge. When I first got interested, I must have been 14 or 15 years old, I always thought I had to be asked to join. Growing up showing interest and always standing up for Freemasons, like when people or friends would talk bad about them, I would defend them; I don't know why but I would.


When we had our first Child (4 years ago), we took him for a regular check up to a local Doctor's Office. And, right before my eyes I saw a big building, oldish looking with a stone in the front yard with a Freemason Symbol, right across the street from the Dr.'s Office. After investigating a little I then found out I could Ask One to Be One. I would drive by and sometimes see cars parked there but never had the guts to ask; afraid i would be turned down. Till this day I pass by with curious manners.

What are the chances of them letting me in?

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Feb 05, 2011
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Knock and it shall be opened....
by: Tim

Devan,

Thank you for your interest in Freemasonry, and for asking this question.

Based solely on what you've told me I'd say you might be a good candidate for Freemasonry. The requirements for membership are simple and few, but they are quite strict. First and foremost, you must have and be willing to express an unfeigned belief in God. Our Ancient Constitutions clearly state that no atheist can be made a Freemason.

Beyond that, the requirements are a matter of character. If you are a good man interested in becoming a better man through study and service to your fellow creatures then your chances of them letting you in are pretty good.

One of the first lessons we are taught in Freemasonry is that you must knock on the door to gain admission. This is taught symbolically in the Entered Apprentice degree, but it applies to the whole of life. Whatever you want in life, you must take active steps to bring it about. "Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you."

Next time you drive by the lodge building and see cars there, stop in and say hello. Or, look up the lodge in the phone book or on the Internet and give them a call. They're just guys, just like you. Be honest, forthright, get to know them a little and let them get to know you. If you feel that joining the Lodge is right for you let the Brethren guide you through the process.

If you'd like more information on the process of joining a Masonic Lodge check out our Joining Freemasons page. It gives a general description of the process of petitioning a lodge. It may not be exactly the same in Texas but the process is pretty similar the world over.

Good luck to you Devan and remember, the door will remain closed until you knock.

Thanks again for the question.

Fraternally,

Tim

Feb 17, 2011
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Just do it
by: Anonymous

Just call, that's what i did. after i called no one answered the first day the second day i called and i talked to a very friendly member and i asked him how can i become a Freemason. He then drove out of his way to bring me a petition. I am currently in the process of turning in my petition. but i know have a problem. my problem is i need to know 2 Freemasons who can vouch for me. i do not know 1 person who is a Freemason and belongs to the same lodge i am trying to join. but they are helping me in every step possible.

Feb 18, 2011
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Good call
by: Tim

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your comment and congratulations on making the call. You are now faced with a common problem. One that I had myself several years ago. You are ready to petition a Masonic lodge for membership, but in order to do that two of the members must vouch for you as a man. Unfortunately, you don't know two members well enough yet for them to do that. So, what to do?

It's simple really. You just keep doing more of what you already did. Call them; go to the lodge and have dinner with them; invite them to coffee. Basically, get to know them and let them get to know you. It may take a little more time, but the two men who eventually sign your petition will be putting their reputation on the line for you. You want them to be sure.

Congratulations again and I wish you all the best in your search for more light.

Fraternally,

Tim

Dec 29, 2011
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Jan 15, 2012
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Questions with Becoming a Member
by: Jeremiah

I am in a similar situation, where I would like to join the Geand Lodge of New York. I had talked with my mother and grandmother and came to find out my great-grandfather was a Freemason in the Racine, WI lodge and was buried with a full Masonic funeral. I was curious if having blood linage to a member that passed in good standing holds any weight like it did a long time ago. The other issue I have is I am unsure how to contact the lodge he attended as it was in a completely different state than where I reside. Any information you may have would be very much appreciated.

Jan 16, 2012
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Congratulations on your Masonic heritage
by: Tim

Hello Jeremiah,

Thank you for your question and congratulations on discovering the Masonic heritage within your family. Many of us have been drawn to the Craft because a family member or loved one was a Mason. Your Great-Grandfather being a Mason, though, will have no impact or influence on your petition for membership.

We each come to Freemasonry as a free man and an individual. Our petition for membership is, or certainly should be, judged by our particular qualities of character and not by those who may have come before us. Just as the son should not be judged by the character of the father, neither should he be honored. It's a wonderful thing that your Great-Grandfather was a Mason and something to be proud of, but you will be accepted solely on your own quality of character and sincerity.

As to contacting your Great-Grandpa's Lodge I would suggest starting with the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. They should have records of his membership and then you can dig further and contact his Lodge if you wish. Below is the Web address for the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. Just contact them and ask for help in your research.

WWW.Wisc-Freemasonry.org

When you're ready to proceed, or if you just want to get more information, contact a Lodge in your area. They will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have. If you're not sure where the local Lodge is located you can generally find them in the phone book or by going through the Grand Lodge Web site. Below is their Web address:

WWW.NYMasons.org

I wish you all the best in your search for Light and thank you for visiting Masonsmart.

Tim

Nov 28, 2012
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liking to join
by: abdulmuizz

i will like to the society

Aug 18, 2013
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