Hiram Lodge No. 18
Freemasonry is a charitable, benevolent, educational and religious society. Our principles are proclaimed as widely as men will hear.
Freemasonry is charitable in that it is not organized for profit and is devoted to the promotion of the welfare and happiness of mankind. It is benevolent in that it exemplifies altruism as a duty.
Freemasonry is educational in that it teaches (by prescribed ceremonials) a system of morality and brotherhood based upon the Sacred Law. It is religious in that whenever a Lodge is in session, reverence for God is ever present and to its Brethren; lessons of morality are promoted. It is a social organization only so far as it furnishes additional inducement that men may gather in numbers, for its primary work of education, worship and of charity.
Through the improvement and strengthening of the character of individual man, Freemasonry seeks to improve the community. Thus it impresses upon its members the principles of personal responsibility and righteousness thereby illuminating those things which make for human welfare. Freemasonry inspires its members with that feeling of charity or goodwill toward all mankind, which will move them to translate principle and conviction into action.
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