I met the men at my local lodge and turned in my petition and birth certificate. These men were just awesome and treated me like family I am so happy about what’s to come. But something one of them said caught my attention….. “Its a lot of work, a lot to remember!” Nothing is written down—now I am nervous,excited and scared at the same time. Scared of failure that is, if I am found favourable I will be 6th generation andi don’t want to screw up my entered apprenticeship.Any advice ????
There is indeed a lot of memory work, but that comes later. There is little if any for you during the ceremony itself. The ceremony won’t make much sense to you until you see the it from the sidelines later, so just go with the flow. Millions of good men have been where you are now.
I am coming up on my second degree, probably next month. So it wasn’t that long ago I did my EA as you are getting ready to do.
One of the pieces of advice given to me was “You learned the pledge of allegiance you will learn this”. While that is a great UNDERSTATEMENT, it is true. You say the pledge over and over and know it perfectly by heart. Now imagine the same thing, but lots more lines. Like picking a thread of discussion somewhere on this forum, and memorizing every post in the topic. One line at a time.
But that will not come until after your first ceremony. During the ceremony you will be asked a few questions, and all you have to do is answer honestly. There really is no pressure in any way. All of the WORK is on the lodge Brothers and they will take care of you through the whole thing.
I would like to echo the other brothers comments. There is memory work to be done during your journey. It does require time and effort on your part and at first it may seem impossible but trust me it is not impossible. I found it very enlightening and felt a great sense of accomplishment upon completion. You will too. Enjoy the experience.
Yes, there is some work involved; some memorization, and depending on which jurisdiction you are in there may not be anything written down for you to memorize from (ours is mouth to ear only). But as others have said, we have all done it, and we all come from different walks of life and different education levels. You will have plenty of time to learn what you have to learn. So relax and enjoy the experience.
When I teach cipher classes and people find the amount of memorization daunting I ask them how many songs they can sing along with on the radio. That, too is mouth to ear. Relax. Have fun with it. Remember, we have been doing this for over three hundred years.
The entered apprentice degree requires no memory work. The fellow craft does require some memory work, but it is far from impossible to learn. I will be getting my FC degree on the first Thursday of next month. It has taken me about a month of studying 2 nights a week to become well versed. You will do great! Good luck, and enjoy it!
The amount of memory work, varies from state to state. In KY, there is some mandatory memorization after the EA, and after the FC. But after the MM degree, the memorization is voluntary. If you wish to serve as an officer, you must complete the memorization after the MM.
Please do not be concerned. Your lodge will assign a coach to assist you, you will be fine.
It sounds like you are already a Mason “at heart”!