I wish that were an easy question to answer. Freemasonry is a very personal experience and is many things to many people. Even more confusing is that your view and beliefs of what it is will likely change with time and experience. We can discuss some basics that hold true across most experiences though.
First, Freemasonry does not turn bad men into good men. We take good men and make them better. Think of this like a diamond. We take a rough stone and after a lot of cutting away imperfections, grinding off the excess, and finally polishing, what we have left at the core is the same man, just a refined version of him.
What kind of man becomes a Mason? A good man! Freemasonry regards no man for his outward appearance. You can be a teacher, doctor, small business owner, mechanic, accountant, store clerk, plumber, lawyer, or even a stone mason! The point is, all we require is that you are a man of good moral character and that you believe in a higher power. A lot of men are searching for something to belong to, something that is bigger than they are that allows them to make a difference or leave their mark on something. Some men are looking for activities that help them balance the responsibilities of their work and home life. Some men don’t know what they are looking for, all they know is they would like to learn more about what we are.
With all of that being said, Freemasonry is not for everyone. Every lodge is slightly different and only you will know if it is a good fit for you. That is part of the reason YOU must ask to join. I encourage you to do some research, watch the videos below, then reach out to us with any questions you may have. If you come out to meet us on your own or with your family and feel like it is a good fit, ask for a petition and we will move forward from there.
Here are a few links from the Grand Lodge of Texas. You can find Masonic information all over the internet, some of it is factual and some of it is completely fabricated be sure you are looking at legitimate factual information. The last piece of advice I will leave you with is don’t spoil the ending. As you will shortly learn, if you have not already, is there are a TON of ‘Exposés‘ on Freemasonry. Even though they are not official and most are really off base you will regret looking at them as you become a Mason. This is a journey that is best taken with no real expectation of what will happen. If you go in to this experience ‘blind’ you will be able to stay in the moment and really soak in what is going on.