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Old 12-31-2007, 01:49 PM   #31
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Where the ring on a chain if you want. Though don't try and pass your self off as a mason we will be able to tell if you are lying almost instantly. But just like any frat in the world if I see another member that i recognize to be a mason of course I would help him out..we are brothers.

As for wearing the ring..I don' see anything wrong with wearing on a chain, if someone asks just say your carrying on your fathers spirit. They won't mind.

PS: Yes there are masons all over the world, our society did not originate in America.
It would be kinda hard to pass myself off as a Mason as Im a girl .I understand the Masons started with the Knights Templar in England during the crusades.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:56 PM   #32
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From what I was told Masons are all over the world and if you are a mason and happen to get in a bit of a pickle anywhere in another country and a mason there recognizes you as a fellow mason they will help you if you need it.
So what are the rules regarding the ring, my dad wanted me to have his ring as he knew my stupid brother would wear it although he is not a mason.Some say I can wear on a chain on my neck some dont know for sure.Is it true I would get help should I ever need it from the masons having the possesion of my dads ring.
Yes! Miss McGrew By all means wear the ring around your neck if it makes you feel close to your father. He would be pleased to know the ring (and him) are close to your heart. Yes Masons are taught to be benevolent to each other when found worthy, but not to the exclusion of all Mankind.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:00 PM   #33
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It would be kinda hard to pass myself off as a Mason as Im a girl .I understand the Masons started with the Knights Templar in England during the crusades.
Haha gotcha didn't know you were a girl sorry :)

And as far as the origins of freemasonry, that is up for debate nobody is certain. Though there are several theories. Here are a couple:

1) Masonry was started in the middle ages i europe when the stone masons (actually stone builders) formed guilds to keep their craft a secret and to control prices and eventually it became more and more a social thing evolving into what Masonry is today.

2) When the Templars were disbanded (i forgot the exact year) it is said that they had found a great treasure under Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, this theory is backed up because the Templars made this their head quarter and then went on to found the first banking system in the world. (where did they get all the gold to start it? After all there full name was The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, which they were sworn to a vow of poverty) Anyway they rose in power and eventually threatened the Pope and the french king, so they were excommunicated and on Friday the 13th 1307 thousands were hung/killed/burned alive (which is where the friday the 13th superstition comes from) and the remaining fled to know one noes. But legend says that a fleet of ships set ail that day carrying the templar flag and their secret treasure to scotland where the founded the Masons. This theory is backed up by the Roselyn Church which has symbols from the templars, masons, christianity and muslim all inside it. This is just all theory and none is proven.

3) Founded by the illuminati as their public wing in order to recruit into their ranks. This is theory from all the dooms day people out there. There are hundreds more but those are the more popular theories.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:16 PM   #34
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Also we are told that at the building of King Solomon's temple there were 70,000 Entered Apprentices or bearers of burden (The 1st degree in Masonry) 80,000 Fellow Crafts (The 2nd Degree in Masonry) 3,300 Masters or overseers of work (The 3rd degree in Masonry) and 3 Grand Masters (Who laid out the work for the day)
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:33 PM   #35
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Thank UB and criniit.I never wore it on a chain as I did not know for sure if I could.We were very close although I did not see him much as my parents divorced when I was five.I did get to spend 3 weeks of quality time with him(mostly at the American Legion ) a year before he passed.He wanted me to have his ring rather than stupid brother because he knew he would wear it he is walking around wearing a gold band with a camel and some other symbols that dad gave him years before which I dont think he is supposed to.He got busted once as a mason saw the ring and asked if he had traveled far and the idiot could not come back with what ever he was supposed to reply.
Dad gave him the ring I thought I really wanted. I remember him wearing it when I was a little girl he wore it it his whole life I dont think it had anything to do with Masons but it is made of gold with a kinda square top that has a Rampant Lion and a diamond in the corner I really wanted that ring but dad said no that his masons ring was better and he knew Id not dare to abuse it.
So in the end I know he made a wise decision.I think.
I really love the carrying his spirit as we were very alike in many ways.
Now where to find a good and sturdy chain.If I lost it I would be devastated.
Oh, my stupid brother tried really hard to get that ring from me he felt he should have it but no way no how was I giving it up.He did make off with alot off other Masonic things.JERK!
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:42 PM   #36
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JP, it sounds like you are really missing your dad right now. Maybe it's something inside you telling you to explore this further. I don't know where your dad lived but if you know the lodge he belonged to, perhaps you could get in touch with someone there and explain all this to them. They might be willing to have any members who knew your dad share some of their memories of him with you. It could be done via e-mail. Also, they might be a very good place to start exploring the idea of joining the women's masonic organization. Also, a visit to a local masonic lodge might help you, too. Good luck and please keep us up. Masons are obviously fascinating to all of us!
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:43 PM   #37
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I would advise wearing it under your blouse/shirt/etc. to prevent some Ya-Hoo from snatching it off your neck and making a fast get-a-way to convert it into cash...drugs etc.
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My mother's father and brothers were all 33rd degree Masons, and Shriners. (When I was a wee one, the best thing was that we got free tickets to the Shrine Circus, which was always my favorite!) My Aunt June was very high in Eastern Star. I was a Rainbow Girl, but went no farther.

It's an ancient organization, and as noted, they do lots of good works, but it does take quite a commitment of time and money to be involved.

I'm active in my collegiate sorority's alumnae organization, and that's enough for me, along with the other philanthropies I've chosen.
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I would advise wearing it under your blouse/shirt/etc. to prevent some Ya-Hoo from snatching it off your neck and making a fast get-a-way to convert it into cash...drugs etc.
Thanks Uncle Bob thats good advice.I will wear it under my shirt.Dont think I will have much of a problem I can be quite intimidating when I want to be, so I have been told. And I live in the middle of nowhere.
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