No doubt you are wondering
what kind of an organization Freemasonry
is. First, we would like to assure you that
Freemasonry is a moral institution based
upon the Fatherhood of God, and that the
conferral of what we choose to call "Degrees"
is a means of passing on certain basic time-honored
truths by which men can live and fulfill
God's hope for us as members of His community.
The Holy Bible is always open on our altar
when the Lodge is meeting and nothing happens
in the Lodge that anyone would not be proud
to participate in.
It is the intention of a Masonic Lodge
that its members be so impressed with the
lessons taught that their lives will be
a mirror through which is reflected the
beautiful lessons of Freemasonry. Freemasonry
is a way of life that can be meaningful
and the fulfillment of God's design for
us here on earth.
Freemasonry is not a "fly-by-night" organization.
Record history of Freemasonry in its present
form goes back to the formation of the Grand
Lodge of England in 1717, and there is much
evidence that it existed in some form as
far back as the year 926. Its long life
leaves no doubt that it is the will of God
that Masonry is here today.
During these early times,
our Masonic forefathers who were engaged
as workmen on the cathedrals of Europe,
not only discovered and developed their
various construction skills, but they discovered
and developed basic fundamental patterns
of moral conduct that not only produced
a better individual morally, but contributed
tremendously to the formation of an orderly
and decent society. In Freemasonry, we apply
these patterns of moral conduct and strive
to inspire our members to be better men,
better husbands, and better fathers. We
accept only those who, in our opinion, meet
certain qualifications, but if Freemasonry
does not make a man better, then Freemasonry
has failed. You will benefit from Freemasonry
according to your participation.
Our members become a part of a fellowship,
that by action, has proven that when certain
truths have been instilled into the hearts
of our members, they will perform in their
everyday lives, through personal or organized
methods, in a manner pleasing to man and
to our Maker. After a man has learned the
truths taught in the three degrees of Masonry,
his integrity and honesty are beyond question,
and behavior among his fellows should be
Freemasonry does not solicit membership.
All of its members have asked to become
members by seeking out a member and asking
for a petition to join. If you are considering
petitioning a local Lodge and are hoping
of coming into the Lodge with the expectation
that membership will provide social or business
gain, you will be disappointed. That is
not its purpose, though Freemasonry is known
as a worthy organization and membership
carries with it a great amount of prestige.
The charitable and benevolent activities
of the Masonic Fraternity are perhaps well
known to you. Be assured that Masons have
always been ever willing to aid the distressed,
assist children with their health and educational
needs, feed the hungry and shelter the roofless.
Over a period of years, the Grand Lodge
of Louisiana has contributed substantially
to many worthy causes throughout Louisiana.
There has never been an attempt to conceal
the purpose, aims, and principles of Freemasonry.
It is not a secret organization, but an
organization with only certain concealed
methods of recognizing each other. Masons
proudly wear emblems of the craft; therefore
no effort is made to conceal membership.