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Comment by Andrew on August 18, 2014 at 2:45pm

Any brothers in Phoenix / Scottsdale area I can meet with?

Comment by Shawn Steinschreiber on August 11, 2014 at 6:14pm
Thanks guys, and sooy for the misspellings I am on my ipad and it likes to add words and/or change them! It was great and now I can not wait to help future brothers!
Comment by Brad Felmey on August 11, 2014 at 5:29pm

Congratulations! Phil is right - giving the gift to the next brother by participating in degree work is very rewarding to most of us.


Comment by hambone71 on August 11, 2014 at 5:02pm

The fun is just beginning. You will now be able to participate in Raisings as younger brothers come up. Being raised is great but being able to see the work and participate is something that will never get old.

Congrats on being raised.  


Comment by Shawn Steinschreiber on August 8, 2014 at 1:25am
Man I did not mean to delete my post. So here it goes again.

On 08/07/2014 I was initiated/Raised to the sublime degree of MM. It was an amazing evening, and I can not believe it is over. It is a once in a lifetime life changing experience that a man can only go through once. These rites and rituals are something all good men should experience. I can not wait to help others through their experience and be a part of it, and even my son as he grows old enough. Oh I hope he makes the decision to join sooner than I did. My only regret is not joining while my father was still able to be active. However, I have a lot of good people and those I would consider family (from the fire department) helping me along the way. I just can not put the night into words. Now on to the book work, I enjoy this just as much and hope this will be as rewarding as the last two.

I had visitors from various other lodges, an old boss, a scouting friend. I am big into scouting in our area and getting ready to start my sixth year as day camp director for the local Cub Scout pack but all of that does not add up to tonight's experience. My wife even helped out and made homemade from scratch German chocolate cake for the lodge afterwords, but bought some vanilla ice cream to go with it. (I could not talk her info homemade ice cream also).

I however, made a full of myself and was rude to my guide tonight. After getting home I told the family it was am amazing time, and we did our nightly bible reading and I got the kids to bed. After doing this I looked at the book for the first time and realized someone had written out many of the words, and immediately called him not realizing it was after 11:00pm and he gets up early for work. I do not want to be found as a cheater, I have worked had and chosen to do the long forms the entire way. No one day class, or shirt form books. I want to get the most experience I can, and learn it as it is intended.

Here is to my new stage and I hope my guide understands my accident. I can not wait to start learning.

Comment by Brad Felmey on July 30, 2014 at 4:47pm

You didn't sound that way at all. :)

Comment by Shawn Steinschreiber on July 30, 2014 at 9:51am

Thank you I hope you don't think I was complaining. I am glad. One it shows their devotion to the craft and then to me. Many of my to be brothers,were brothers and brothers that are on or were on the fire department with me (I am sort of auxiliary). I am glad I chose this lodge my home town lodge. Sorry to sound like I was complaining.

Comment by Brad Felmey on July 30, 2014 at 7:06am

Charles, I'm given to understand that you'll find a brother running the site, too. :)

Shawn, some lodges really struggle with getting the people they need all at the same time due to personal commitments. The Master's degree is a lot more involved and requires more people than the first two. These people have to be able to perform quite a few parts as well.

When done properly, it's totally worth the wait!

Comment by Shawn Steinschreiber on July 30, 2014 at 1:51am
Well I can tell you this joining the masons has been a bucket list item for many years it was very important to me, and thus the lodge I chose is also. I did not just choose it out of practicality. It was because of the people that would be teaching me they are friends and elder members of the fire department I left due to a line of duty injury that has left me disabled. I patiently waited for my EA and then flew through FC now three months latter I am waiting for my MM initiation/raising. Although I know it is not because they are making excuses it is because they want to give me the best experience possible. I thank them for that and now waiting for my fifth postponement, at least they can say I am patient. I just hope I don't forget what I have learned in the mean time.

Comment by Charles Neill on July 29, 2014 at 10:57pm

I KNEW I'd find the Brothers SOMEWHERE on this site!


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