Have you ever con­sid­ered becom­ing a Mason?

Freema­sonry is the old­est, largest Fra­ter­nity in the world. Its mem­bers have included Kings, Pres­i­dents, Prime Min­is­ters, States­men, Gen­er­als, Admi­rals, Supreme Court Chief Jus­tices, cor­po­rate CEOs, opera stars, movie stars, and prob­a­bly, your next door neighbor.

And Masonry is always ready to wel­come good men in the Fraternity

It’s ready to wel­come YOU, if in your heart you can answer “yes” to a few questions.

Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a respon­si­bil­ity to act with honor in every­thing he does?

Masons teach that prin­ci­ple. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hol­low and empty — that a man who acts with­out honor is less than a man.

Do you believe in God?

No athe­ist can be a Mason. Masons do not care what your indi­vid­ual faith is — that is a ques­tion between you and your God — but we do require that a that a man believe in a Supreme Being.

Are you will­ing to allow oth­ers the same right to their own beliefs that you insist on yourself?

Masonry insists on tol­er­a­tion — on the right of each per­son to think for him­self in reli­gious, social and polit­i­cal matters.

Do your believe that you have a respon­si­bil­ity to leave the world a bet­ter place than you found it?

Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to him­self but to oth­ers. We must do what we can to make the world a bet­ter place. Whether that means clean­ing up the envi­ron­ment, work­ing on civic projects, or help­ing chil­dren to work or read or see — the world should be a bet­ter place because we have passed through it.


Do your believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive, it’s also more fun?

Masons are involved with the prob­lems and needs of oth­ers because we know it gives each of us a good feel­ing — unlike any other — to help. Much of our help is given anony­mously. We’re not after grat­i­tude, we’re more than rewarded by that feel­ing which comes from know­ing we have helped another per­son over­come some adver­sity, so that their life can go on.


Are you will­ing to give help to your Broth­ers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it?

Masonry is mutual help. Not just finan­cial help (although that\‘s there, too) but help in the sense of being there when needed, giv­ing sup­port, lend­ing a sym­pa­thetic ear.


Do you feel that there’s some­thing more to life than finan­cial success?

Masons know that self-​development is more pre­cious than money in the bank or social posi­tion or polit­i­cal power. Those things often accom­pany self-​development, but they are no sub­sti­tute for it. Masons work at build­ing their lives and char­ac­ter, just as a car­pen­ter works a build­ing a house.


Do you believe that a per­son should strive to be a good cit­i­zen and the we have a moral duty to be true to the coun­try in which we live?

Masons believe that a coun­try is strong as long as free­dom, equal­ity, and the oppor­tu­nity for human devel­op­ment is afforded to all. A Mason is true to his gov­ern­ment and its ideals. He sup­ports its laws and author­ity hen both are just and equi­tably applied. We uphold and main­tain the prin­ci­ples of good gov­ern­ment, and oppose every influ­ence that would divide it in a degrad­ing manner.

Do you agree that man should show com­pas­sion for oth­ers, that good­ness of heart is among the most impor­tant of human values?

Masons do. We believe in a cer­tain rev­er­ence for liv­ing things, a ten­der­ness toward peo­ple who suf­fer. A lov­ing kind­ness for our fel­low man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fal­li­ble and capa­ble of much wrong, when they dis­cover the good­ness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their poten­tial for deep good­ness and virtue.

Do you believe that men should strive to live a broth­erly life?

Masons see broth­er­hood as a form of wis­dom, a sort of bond that holds men together — a pri­vate friend­ship that tells us we owe it to each other to be just in our deal­ings and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Masons believe a man should main­tain an atti­tude of good will, and pro­mote unity and har­mony is his rela­tions with one another, his fam­ily, and his com­mu­nity. Masons call this way of believ­ing in the Broth­er­hood of Man. It really means that every Mason makes it his duty to fol­low the golden rule. This is why Masonry has been called one of the great­est forces for good in the world.


Freema­sonry offers much to its mem­bers — the oppor­tu­nity to grow, the chance to make a dif­fer­ence, to build a bet­ter world for our chil­dren. It offers the chance to be with and work with men who have the same val­ues and ideals — men who have answered “YES” to these questions.

It’s easy to find out more. Just find a Mason and ask him about Masonry. You prob­a­bly know sev­eral Masons. Per­haps you’ve seen the Square and Com­passes like the one on this page or on a pin or tie tack or bumper sticker. If you know where the lodge is in your com­mu­nity, stop by or look up the num­ber of your local Masonic lodge in the phone book and ask for the sec­re­tary of the lodge. He’ll be happy to help you.

Have you ever con­sid­ered becom­ing a Mason?

We’d like a chance to talk with you. Please con­tact the This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask a Brother Mason.

As pub­lished by the Masonic Renewal Com­mit­tee of North America