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Posted: 23 June 2016 06:41 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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I want to start off by first saying hello to everyone on the forum. I have been interested in Freemasonry for a while and this year I finally petitioned to join a lodge which is local to my home. I came by the lodge and attended a blood drive, met several brothers (one was my scout master who is now the DDGM and a member of the lodge) and was invited to a dinner the following Wednesday. At this dinner I asked the WM about my interest in joining Freemasonry. I sat down with the WM, SW and JD during the month of February (day after my birthday) to fill out my petition and was really looking forward to the process that the Brothers explained to me.

A few months later I was told that my petition had been read during one of their stated communications and was honored to find out that the WM was also my sponsor :)! During that time I was also able to attend an open lodge ceremony for a 50 year masonic service pin recipient and a Widows ceremony. Both of these reaffirmed my decisions for wanting to join - they were incredible! On Wednesday, June 1st I had an interview at my house with the investigation committee and it was such a pleasant experience. It was very casual and filled with great conversation and insight. The following Wednesday June 8th, I attended dinner and was told that I was balloted upon and elected to receive my degrees this Fall (lodge is dark in July and August)!!!

I cannot explain how exciting and rewarding this experience has been.  I am looking forward to starting my degree work in the Fall and continuing this new and exciting chapter in my life.

Sorry for the rant but I just wanted to share and capture my Masonic Journey to date.

Thanks to all who have supported so far.

-Manny

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Posted: 24 June 2016 08:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Manny_Hoyo - 23 June 2016 06:41 PM

I want to start off by first saying hello to everyone on the forum. I have been interested in Freemasonry for a while and this year I finally petitioned to join a lodge which is local to my home. I came by the lodge and attended a blood drive, met several brothers (one was my scout master who is now the DDGM and a member of the lodge) and was invited to a dinner the following Wednesday. At this dinner I asked the WM about my interest in joining Freemasonry. I sat down with the WM, SW and JD during the month of February (day after my birthday) to fill out my petition and was really looking forward to the process that the Brothers explained to me.

A few months later I was told that my petition had been read during one of their stated communications and was honored to find out that the WM was also my sponsor :)! During that time I was also able to attend an open lodge ceremony for a 50 year masonic service pin recipient and a Widows ceremony. Both of these reaffirmed my decisions for wanting to join - they were incredible! On Wednesday, June 1st I had an interview at my house with the investigation committee and it was such a pleasant experience. It was very casual and filled with great conversation and insight. The following Wednesday June 8th, I attended dinner and was told that I was balloted upon and elected to receive my degrees this Fall (lodge is dark in July and August)!!!

I cannot explain how exciting and rewarding this experience has been.  I am looking forward to starting my degree work in the Fall and continuing this new and exciting chapter in my life.

Sorry for the rant but I just wanted to share and capture my Masonic Journey to date.

Thanks to all who have supported so far.

-Manny

Welcome . You will find the journey to be wonderful.

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Master, Ancient York Lodge, Lowell, MA.

God never sends us anything we can’t handle. Sometimes I wish He didn’t trust me so much. - Mother Teresa

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Posted: 30 June 2016 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Welcome brother. Having just joined last year I can frankly and honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have made. Enjoy!!!

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Posted: 08 December 2016 08:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Wow -  I can’t believe in about 2 weeks I’ll be initiated into Freemasonry at the monthly communication meeting for December at my Lodge.

I must ask if anyone has any guidance on this that they may share as I’m going into a very exciting event for me.

Thanks!

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Entered: 12/21/2016
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Celestial Lodge A.F. & A.M. - Westwood MA

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Posted: 09 December 2016 10:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Great news!!!!!  Congratulations.  I know you will enjoy your journey.

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Posted: 09 December 2016 10:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Manny_Hoyo - 08 December 2016 08:59 PM

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I must ask if anyone has any guidance on this that they may share as I’m going into a very exciting event for me.

First… Welcome to the Craft.

Second, as a new Mason (Still an EA), I will give you a couple of tips..

1) Just let it flow.  When you go through your ceremony, LISTEN to what is said, THINK about what is said and (I think) PAY ATTENTION to what you do during the ceremony.  (all of these will come in handy. When you start your learning, it would be easier if your able to envision what happened during your ceremony)

2) Relax and Enjoy the adventure.  Many folks will not give you much insight, as letting you experience it first hand will go a long way.  Please do not be discouraged by it, it truly is for your benefit.

3) Do not research anything on the internet right now.  While there are some GREAT sites with perfectly accurate information (depending on jurisdiction), there are MANY MORE sites that have it partially or (worse) totally wrong.

4) Get to know all your brothers in the lodge.  Learn to lean on your instructors when you have questions, that is what they are there for.  While they may be unable to answer all of your questions, due to you being new to the craft, they may be able to answer some things.

5) ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND.. You are new to the craft, you are EXPECTED to not know everything.  While being a quick study helps, do not let the fear of doing something wrong, keep you from trying new things.

Cheers!

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Posted: 09 December 2016 02:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Manny - That is wonderful news.  Everything Brother Ken mentioned is absolutely correct.  For your first degree, all you need to do is show up when you are instructed to and bring whatever you are told to bring (if anything).  In my lodge for example, all a candidate needs to bring is his initiation fee if he has not already paid it.  Other than that, you don’t have to prepare or know anything.  You will speak during the degree, but it will be perfectly clear what you need to say and when you need to say it so don’t worry there.  Listen and pay attention to everything once you are told the degree is starting.  Trust me, you’ll know when it has begun.  Most importantly, relax and enjoy it.  When the ceremony is complete, ask all the questions that you have.  It will be a lot to digest so while you may not have any right there, once you have had time to think about it a little, the questions will come to you.  Remember, the only dumb question is the one that remains unasked….Congratulations to you as you start the beginning of your journey.

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Posted: 09 December 2016 04:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Hi Manny,

Ask your sponsor to bring you to another lodge to see each degree from the sidelines as soon as you can after receiving it.  You will remember more that way.

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Posted: 10 December 2016 07:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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Brother John - 09 December 2016 04:19 PM

Hi Manny,

Ask your sponsor to bring you to another lodge to see each degree from the sidelines as soon as you can after receiving it.  You will remember more that way.

I agree with Brother John.  Observing the degree from the sideline is a great way to learn. IMO you should make every effort to do so. Enjoy your journey.

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Posted: 13 December 2016 08:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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Thanks to all for the kind words. I have made sure to just stay away from any research (other than what I’ve browsed here) all together.

I was informed to arrive at 530 to my Lodge next Wednesday so I’m definitely psyched for that. 

Some folks suggested viewing the 1st degree in person - should this be done prior to 2nd degree?

Thanks in advance to all the feedback!

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Entered: 12/21/2016
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Raised: 3/15/2017

Celestial Lodge A.F. & A.M. - Westwood MA

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Posted: 13 December 2016 11:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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Manny_Hoyo - 13 December 2016 08:30 PM

Thanks to all for the kind words. I have made sure to just stay away from any research (other than what I’ve browsed here) all together.

I was informed to arrive at 530 to my Lodge next Wednesday so I’m definitely psyched for that. 

Some folks suggested viewing the 1st degree in person - should this be done prior to 2nd degree?

Thanks in advance to all the feedback!

Ideally,  yes. It always helps to see the degree you just went through from the sidelines as soon as possible because it makes all the stuff you heard, saw and did clearer. You see what happened before you were admitted and see what you couldn’t during the degree. Let’s face it, the degrees are like drinking from a fire hose.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it before your next degree, you will see many people go through them as you grow in Masonry.  Learning all I could was the reason I became an officer in the first place and now I have the distinct privilege of conferring the degrees from the East. I still learn something new each time I see each degree.

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Master, Ancient York Lodge, Lowell, MA.

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Posted: 22 December 2016 08:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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What a NIGHT last night - I went through the EA Degree and it was an incredible experience, very surreal and one I’ll remember forever. Looking forward to the work that is now ahead of me.

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Entered: 12/21/2016
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Posted: 22 December 2016 08:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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Manny_Hoyo - 22 December 2016 08:01 PM

What a NIGHT last night - I went through the EA Degree and it was an incredible experience, very surreal and one I’ll remember forever. Looking forward to the work that is now ahead of me.

Welcome worthy Brother. You learned how to take the first step in a life-long journey. My fervent hope for you is that you receive all that I have and more from the Craft. Get involved, stay involved. I will be presiding over a First Degree on the fourth Thursday in January. If you can make it to Lowell we open at 7:00 PM. You must be accompanied by a Master Mason who was present at your degree.

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Posted: 09 January 2017 08:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]  
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Wednesday night is my EA examination - really looking forward to it. To all Brethren out there, put in the work, it definitely makes the difference. I had a meeting last night with my Mentor and left feeling very confident. You truthfully get out of Masonry what you put into it and its no different with the “work.” If all goes well, I’ll be passed to Fellow Craft on January 18th - really excited!

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Entered: 12/21/2016
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Posted: 15 January 2017 08:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]  
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I am happy to report that this Wednesday, January 18th I will be passed to the degree of Fellow Craft.  Really looking forward to it as many Brothers I’ve spoken to have stated it is a beautiful degree. 

Just wondering if anyone has any words of advice or encouragement for this degree? I have also enjoyed learning and discussing about the EA lectures and degree and also reading the Claudy Book, so I cannot wait to do the same on the FC Degree!

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Posted: 16 January 2017 09:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]  
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Just enjoy the evening.
Now that you know how to learn the Q%A, this one should be easier to pick up as it is in the same format and builds upon what you now know.

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