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Posted by Troy Welch on December 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This is something that I read that I think that our newly raised MM, all MM for that matter, should read.

Travel Light,

Troy Welch, Light Bringer / Bearer


by Albert Pike


Masonry is a succession of allegories, the mere vehicles of great lessons in morals and philosophy. You will more fully appreciate its spirit, its object, its purposes, as you a...

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House Divided?

Posted by scoby on July 24, 2011 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (1)

My mother’s home has become a place of you verses me.

I remember viewing it as a place I learned to value integrity.

I have fond memories of Psalms 133

Behold how good and pleasant it is… the tenants, canopy and checqured floor

Through the porch, up the stair case to the ark over troubled shores I’ve learned and more.

Perfecting our trowel sometimes proves to be too challenging

And the business of mom’s home can be quite demanding.

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Black Ball / White Ball

Posted by Troy Welch on April 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Black Cube  "A WHITE ball elects, a black cube (or ball) rejects."

This, or some similar statement, is usually made at a lodge prior

to voting on the application of one who would be an initiate of


In all Jurisdictions in the United States, the ballot on an

applicant is taken secretly--that is, with no brother knowing how

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Mainstream vs. PHA

Posted by Troy Welch on November 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (2)


This was pulled from I don't know why I am still amazed that the Confederate States of America is hanging on to the 1800s Deep South mentality. Masonry explicitly states the equality of men, regardless of race, creed, or color. Why don't some of these "Masons" understand that their stance is absolutely opposite of this basic teaching? Is it easier to do the right thing than to oppose something that is morally right?

It is definitely getting ...

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Suitable Proficiency

Posted by Bro. Trahan on September 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM Comments comments (0)

The subject of "what is suitable proficiency" when it comes to new candidates obtaining the 3 degrees of Masonry was brought up in our Sept. 18th meeting.  P.M. Pledger stated his opinion of what he thought suitable proficiency should mean.  I can't remember specifically what was told but I wasn't satisfied with his answer so I decided to do my own personal investigation of what suitable proficiency is in Masonry.  Here's my take on it:  Webst...

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By - Laws Guidelines

Posted by Troy Welch on September 17, 2010 at 11:46 AM Comments comments (0)

Masonic ByLaws Committee

Lodge By-Laws



The Masonic ByLaws Committee is typically comprised of 3 men designated by the Worshipful Master. There is a Chairman of the Committee and 2 members.

Prior to beginning work to amend your current ByLaws, the committee needs to be very familiar with their Grand Lodge ByLaws.

While the Worshipful Master may designate any 3 members that he wishes, it is very important that at least one of these members have...

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The Meaning of Blue

Posted by Troy Welch on September 17, 2010 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)

The Meaning of Blue


Symbolism and meaning of color is a very wide category of which numerous interpretations exist. However, throughout my research, the most relevant comments in my opinion are that blue stands for the vertical and the spatial, in other words height and depth, or the blue sky above, the blue sea below. It symbolizes that Masonry is as wide as these dimensions. It is also interesting to note that blue is considered to be "between black and white", also commo...

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The Legend of Hiram Abiff

Posted by Troy Welch on September 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM Comments comments (1)

The Legend of Hiram Abif


Fifteen Fellow Crafts, of that superior class appointed to preside over the rest, finding that the work was nearly completed and that they were not in possession of the secrets of the Third Degree, conspired to obtain them by any means, even to have recourse to violence. At the moment, however, of carrying their conspiracy into execution, twelve of the fifteen recanted; but three, of a more determined and atrocious character than the rest, persiste...

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Fellowcraft Study Guide

Posted by Troy Welch on September 17, 2010 at 2:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Instructor's Manual - Fellowcraft

Overview for Instructors

Part One Review Session

Handout Materials



In the era of the operative builder, the Fellows of the Craft represented the professional Masons. They were mature men who had passed their years of apprenticeship and were skilled in the arts and the sciences of their calling. It was these men who would erect the houses of faith and temporal power which characterized thei...

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