I couldn't begin to guess how many times I've seen somebody join a Masonic Lodge and have that experience change their life. Part of what Freemasonry does is it makes good men better. It teaches men principles like honesty and integrity, generosity, and service to the community (and many, many more). Many men come to our fraternity looking for something, and many of them find it. Many times, what they find is themselves. They find that at their core, there exists a set of values that make sense, and are still important in the world today. And they begin to go to work on themselves, and slowly over time, the true character of that individual emerges.
And they have some very good examples to emulate. Part of the strength of a Masonic Lodge are the mentors you'll find there. Men that can help you become a better person. And when it works as it should, those new Masons eventually become the examples to others.
I've had many excellent mentors over the years--both in the fraternity and outside. And I believe today there are a few that consider me a mentor to them. Whether you're a leader in your church, or a scout leader, a member of a community group, or a school teacher, the best lessons you can teach are the ones you can demonstrate. So live a clean life. Think about the things you say, and the things you do. Continue to work on you, but work hard to be an example to others.
~Todd E. Creason