Masons, or Freemasons, are members of the oldest and largest fraternity in the world, with over two million active members. Freemasonry originated in the late 16th or early 17th century, and its members have included kings, presidents, scholars, and religious figures.
Books like The Da Vinci Code have perpetuated the notion that Freemasonry is a secret society with designs on taking over the world. Hidden symbols are said to be scattered around Washington, DC and other cities.
The truth is that Freemasons are not part of any such conspiracy, and people who attempt to join Freemasonry hoping to gain access to secrets are not approaching the fraternity with the right intentions.
With the internet in place, there's not much secrecy anymore about Freemasonry. You'll find plenty of our secrets after visiting a few websites.
The bottom line: It's designed to make good men better.
And just like any other self-improvement program, there are practices, principles, and rituals designed to help and improve someone in his journey to becoming better.
Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.
Here are some basic requirements:
1) Be a man.
2) Have a sound reputation, and be well-recommended by your peers.
3) Although it is primarily Christian based, in most freemasonry jurisdictions, all you have to do is believe in a Supreme Being, regardless of your religion.
4) Be over the age of 18 years.
To request membership, simply ask a Freemason or you can search for a lodge near you and request membership as well as contacting us.
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