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posted Nov 18, 2015, 2:18 PM by John Ferguson   [ updated Dec 9, 2015, 11:02 AM ]

                                                 RISE AND BUILD

                              From the Grand Master of Masons in California

Since the beginning, our fraternity has been about building. In ancient times, we were a guild of craftsmen who possessed the unique knowledge of geometry, use of stone material, and physics needed to build some of the greatest cathedrals and temples known to man. Many still stand to this day.

Today, each of us are the living stones that form our own temples. And our stones are far more fragile, precious, and valuable than our ancestors’: We are builders of men. Just as there are rules for building strong structures, there are rules for shaping the living stones with which we are entrusted. Here are some:

1. Treat people with respect, and treat others the way you wish to be treated.

2. Look for the best in others.

3. See “MMFINA” on every person’s forehead. (This stands for “Make Me Feel Important, Needed, and Accepted.”)

4. Listen with your eyes.

5. Find ways to encourage people around you on a regular basis.

6. Be patient and kind, and keep no record of wrongs.

7. Don’t gossip.

8. When in doubt, refer back to the first rule before proceeding.

Together, following these rules, we will rise and build. We will guide our youth, strengthen brothers and lodges that need support, create new lodges, and forge strong relationships with each other. Alone, we can do a little, but together we can accomplish so much.

The joy that we discover through the act of building can be shared between brothers and lodges throughout California – a transference of positive energy. Through shared words of encouragement and brothers working side by side, we will soon build something great.


M. David Perry, Grand Master