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What it means to be a Mason
Membership in the brotherhood of Masons means many things.
It means being part of an unbroken tradition that stretches back over 500 years to a time when guilds of freemasons traveled throughout Europe paying the stones of the great Gothic cathedrals.
It means sharing the values of our nation’s founding fathers/ men who believe in the brother-hood of man are firmly rooted in the Constitution of the United States.
It means becoming a better person while helping to improve the quality of life for others. It means forming deep and lasting friendships that transcend the boundaries of race, religion and culture as well as those of geography.
But most of all, being a Mason means the kind of deep satisfaction that comes only from selfless giving; from doing for others without asking, or expecting, anything in return.
Improving yourself and those around you
Basic to most of the world’s great religions is the belief in what some might call the “old fashioned” values of honesty, fair play and unselfishness in dealing with others.
Freemasonry shares these beliefs; and, through its traditions and teachings, attempts to instill in its members both the desire and means to improve themselves and the lives of others and to make the world a better place.
To become a Mason in Missouri, you must be a man of good character, at least 18 years of age, of any race, religious affiliation or national origin and profess a belief in God.