Valdez Lodge No. 4
Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a Fraternity of morality, founded on the allegorical application of the tools and implements of architecture to make good men better, developing virtuous men in the service of God and Mankind.
Freemasonry is a descendant of the ancient Craft of stonemasons, the builders of the great cathedrals and churches of the Middle Ages; structures erected to the glory of God.
Freemasonry is not a religion and does not offer the promise of salvation. It is a Fraternity seeking to inculcate in its membership love for God and humanity, by the practice of the principles of brotherhood, charity, and truth.
Freemasonry is not linked to any one religion, though it requires of its members a belief in God. The Holy Bible always remains open on the altars of its Lodges. It expects of a member devotion to the faith of his choice, believing, above all, that the path to salvation is better left to one's personal conscience rather than to the rigid imposition of another's beliefs.
Freemasonry by its teachings and examples, seeks to make of every brother one who is more amenable to the dictates of his religion, whatever it may be. Thus, in the Brotherhood of Man, it unites Christian, Jew, Muslim, and Buddhist, who set aside their differences in seeking to serve God and their brethren.
Freemasonry is charitable, giving over eight million dollars each day to charities in and out of the Fraternity. To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent upon all of us. From the Shriners Hospitals for Children to the Orphanages and Masonic Homes throughout the United States, from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to the specialized charities of the Scottish Rite and Royal Arch Masons, Freemasons freely give of their earnings to help others escape the bonds of poverty, sickness, and despair.
Freemasonry is all of the above and more. It is truly a system of morality, veiled in allegory and teaching men by symbols to better themselves in their religious bodies, their communities, and their families. It gathers under its umbrella men of all faiths, all nations, and all classes without distinction.
Freemasonry is the World's oldest fraternal organization. It has persevered through the years, despite the attacks of the ignorant and the powerful, because it teaches toleration for all faiths, acceptance of all men of good character, and support of free government institutions, wherever found. Freemasons are loyal citizens, support a God-centered life, and emphasize man's duty to aid his fellow man.