Nogales Lodge #11, F&AM
Nogales Lodge #11, F&AM

What Is Freemasonry?

Modern Masonry is many things to many people. Many years ago in England it was defined as “a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.” It is a course of moral instruction using both allegories and symbols to teach its lessons. The legends and myths of the old stone cutters and masons, many of them involved in building the great cathedrals of Europe, have been woven into an interesting and effective way to portray moral truths.


In Masonry, the old tools and ways of the craftsmen are used to help dramatically portray those moral truths. For example, the 24 inch gauge and the common gavel. Just as the ruler is used to measure distance, the modem Mason uses it as a reminder to manage one of his most precious resources: time. And, as the gavel is used to shape stones, so it is also the symbol for the necessity of all of us to work to perfect ourselves.


One modern definition is: “Freemasonry is an organized society of men, symbolically applying the principle of Operative Masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building.” In other words, Masonry uses ageless methods and lessons to make each of us a better person.


The overall purpose of Masonry is to provide a way to help each member become a better person. We do not propose to take a bad man and make him good; rather, our aim is to take the good man and make him better.


We try to place emphasis on the individual man by:

1. Strengthening his character.

2. Improving his moral and spiritual outlook.

3. Broadening his mental horizons.


We try to impress upon the minds of our members the principles of personal responsibility and morality; to give each member an understanding of and feeling for Freemasonry’s character; and to have every member put these lessons into practice in his daily life. We try to build a better world by building better men to work in their own communities. Freemasonry believes in universal peace made possible by teaching its doctrine through the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.


Thus, Masonry:


1. has a basic philosophy of life that places the individual worth of each man high on its pedestal, and incorporates the great teachings of many ages to provide a way for individual study and thought.

2. has great respect for religion and promotes toleration and equal esteem for the religious opinions and beliefs of others.

3. provides a real working plan for making good men even better.

4. is a social organization.

5. has many important charitable projects.

6. has a rich worldwide history.

7. is a proven way to develop both public speaking and dramatic abilities, and provides an effective avenue for developing leadership.



Masonry stands for some important principles and beliefs.


The Principal Tenets of Freemasonry are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Its cardinal virtues are Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice. These principles or beliefs cover a broad field, actually supplying the pattern to meet every experience in human life.

Masonry is a strong supporter of constitutional government... of quality public education... of the freedom of religion and expression... of the equality of all men and women... of the need for strong moral character... and of meaningful charity.


Masonry, and the organizations that are within the Masonic family, contribute millions of dollars every year to helping those with sight problems or aphasia, physically disabled children, speech & learning disorders, and those with severe burns. Local Lodges work to help their communities and individuals within those communities.


Masonry’s charity is always given without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, or national origin.

All the Working Tools of Freemasonry
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Nogales Lodge #11,


1620 N Royal Rd
Nogales, AZ 85621

Phone: +1 520 287-9269us (Leave Message)


email: Ken Lilley, PM

Meeting Times

Stated Meeting:
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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