Masonry is large and diversified enough to provide what you are seeking. Masons are men who have joined together to improve themselves. This is accomplished through the principles and ceremonies of the fraternity. They endeavor to extend Masonic lessons into their daily lives in order to become positive influences in their homes, communities, nation and throughout the world. They base their efforts on morality, justice, charity, truth and the laws of God. There are over 9,000 Masons in the State of Arizona. Worldwide, membership encompasses millions of men who believe and support the same fundamental principles.
In Arizona it is necessary that you be recommended by two men who are members of the Fraternity that have known you for a period of at least six months. If you think you do not know anyone who is a Mason, just look around. Members of the Fraternity make themselves known to the public by a number of items; rings, lapel pins, license plates, desk items, and bumper stickers are just a few of the things you can look for. You could also contact the secretary of a lodge in your area and look through the membership roster to see if you recognize anyone. Most of the lodges are listed in the phone book. Many times men will make new introductions to members of a lodge who will then meet with them socially on a regular basis to get to know them for the six month period. Then they can sign the petition for you. Most lodges have several social events a month that you would be welcome to. If you really want to become a member of the greatest fraternity in the world, you can make it happen.
Masonry has in all ages insisted that men shall come to its doors entirely of their own free will; not from feelings of curiosity, but from a favorable opinion of the Institution and a desire to be numbered among its members.
Freemasonry is a fraternity which teaches ethics and morality. Although it is not in any sense a religion or a substitute for religion, we do require that men who join believe in God and in the brotherhood of man. No atheist can become a Mason.
Although we require that a member believe in God, we never try to tell a man how he should conceive of God, what faith he should practice or what worship he should follow. Those are questions of individual conscience, and the member must find those answers within his own faith. Masonry has for its foundation the great principles of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.
Freemasonry distinguishes between patriotism and partisanship. While patriotism is encouraged as an essential virtue both within and without the Lodge, no partisan or political discussion is allowed within the Lodge.
The essential purpose of Freemasonry is the further development of the individual Mason as an honest, ethical, moral, sincere, caring and charitable man, learning more about his own potential as a human being and developing his intellectual and spiritual character. A man should never enter the Fraternity in the hope of making business connections or for any other sort of professional or monetary gain. If he does, he will be disappointed, for they will not be found there. What he will find is a group of like-minded men, who are willing to treat him as a Brother and share in a deep and rewarding fellowship with him. He will find true friends and life-long companions.
We expect men who petition for the Degrees (Membership) to be good men, but not to be perfect. We know that all men have limitations and weaknesses. Our questions are:
Does he care about others? Does he feel a responsibility to improve himself and to make the lives of others better as best he can? Is he willing to be open and honest with us and with himself?
We are glad that you are interested in the Masonic Fraternity, and we are willing to share it with you. If you decide that you wish to join the Masonic Fraternity you will be given a petition form. Inside the petition you will find several questions. They are not asked out of idle curiosity. When we accept a man as a Brother, we make a sincere promise to him that we will trust him completely and will treat his needs and his interests just as if they were our own. This petition, and the visit some Lodge Brothers will make with you, will begin a process of sharing information which is vital if both you and we are to be comfortable in the relationship.
Nogales Lodge #11,
1620 N Royal Rd
Nogales, AZ 85621
Phone: +1 520 287-9269 (Leave Message)
email: Ken Lilley, PM
Second Wednesday of the month.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Lodge opens: 7:00 p.m.
The Lodge is dark in July and August except for degrees and practices.
Every Wednesday @ 6:00 p.m. except Stated Meeting night.
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