About Twin Peaks Lodge #32
Twin Peaks Lodge was chartered in 1961 by the Grand Lodge of Utah and is located in Midvale, Utah. Members live throughout Utah and Salt Lake counties, including Salt Lake City, Sandy, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Herriman, Murray, Daybreak, West Valley City, Riverton, Lehi, Saratoga Springs, and Eagle Mountain areas.
What is Freemasonry?
In a world of mass-manufactured goods and shallow swiping, the Freemasonry offers something unique and timeless. The tradition of teaching through an experience and mentorship.
Freemasonry is a philosophical system of morality taught through ritual and the use of symbols. The Masonic degrees are presented as a succession of ritualistic ceremonies. They are similar to a play or drama – but not one that you just watch, one that you actually experience. The morals and lessons themselves may not be anything new or unique found in a church or other belief systems, but are presented in such a unique way, that it broadens your perspective and understanding.
Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity with Masons in nearly every free country. Masonry’s goal is to improve the individual, thus bettering society – one man at a time.
Who We Are
We are men: brothers, friends, husbands, fathers, and Freemasons. You may have known a mason without realizing it: your teacher, the postman, your mechanic, the mayor, or maybe even the businessman who created that product you just ordered online. Masons come from all walks of life. The common thread that binds us together is the desire for knowledge, and a sincere desire to be of greater service to our fellow man. We share a belief in the Fatherhood of God, and the Brotherhood of Man.
Many great men throughout history were Masons including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart, Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Buzz Aldrin, and John Wayne.
What We Do
Freemasons are a group of men united in the goal of self-improvement. We strive to become better within our individual lives, families, and communities. We provide opportunities to associate with like-minded men of good character and serve within the community.
How Do I Join?
A common misconception is that you must be asked to join to become a mason. In fact, the opposite is true. You must ask to join. This shows your own initiative in taking the first step. From there, you would want to meet other members from the lodge to get a better feel. Every lodge is different so it would be worthwhile to visit a few to find which one resonates most with you. Once you are ready, you may officially submit a petition to the lodge informing them of your request. Part of your peition will include character references as well as two references who are Masons. One of them will need to know you for at least six months. You can get a more detailed explanation of the process of joining a Lodge here.
Petitions for membership are read to the membership at our monthly business meetings, which for Twin Peaks is usually on the first Monday of each month. After your petition is read in the business meeting for the first time, a committee of members will reach out to you to arrange a time and place where they can meet with you. The goal of this meeting is twofold: First, to better understand your desire and motives to join. Second, they can answer questions that you may have about Freemasonry in general or Twin Peaks in particular that you may have. If you have a spouse, she is invited to sit in the meeting with the committee in order to answer any questions she may have, as she should have the opportunity to know more about this organization that you want to join. They will also reach out to the character references you provided on your petition.
On the following month, your petition will be read for the second time, after which the committee will report on the meeting they had with you. Finally, the members of the Lodge will then vote upon your application for membership. If elected, you will be contacted by the Lodge Secretary in order to work out a date for your initiation into the Fraternity.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. ”Matthew 7:7, The Great Light
There are only three requirements to become a mason:
- Be a man of good moral character
- Express a belief in a supreme being
- Believe in an Afterlife, or Immortality of he Soul
Freemasonry is not a religion. Masonry is religious in nature in that all masons must profess a belief in a supreme being. Freemasonry is not sectarian – any man may have his own belief in a supreme being, whatever that may be. The common belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man is what unites us. We respect all men for their individual religious beliefs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Freemasonry a religion?
Freemasonry is not a religion. There is not a set of beliefs or doctrines required for membership.
It is, however, religious in nature. It requires a belief in a supreme being, regardless of that understanding. Men from all creeds may join the fraternity. It teaches about the “Brotherhood of Men, Under the Fatherhood of God.”
Is Freemasonry a secret society?
You are on our public website aren’t ya? Joking aside, although Freemasonry has often been characterized in the public imagination as a “secret society”, a more accurate description would be “A society with some secrets.” Secret societies go to great lengths to hide their purposes, their membership, or even where and when they gather together. In contrast, Freemasons often wear clothing or jewelry proclaiming their affiliation with the Fraternity.
Our meeting halls, called Lodges or Temples, are usually adorned with the Square and Compass, along with a placard identifying the organizations that meet in them. We even post what days and times we meet! Our “secrets” are almost entirely concerning our “modes of recognition” wherein one Mason can confirm through certain words, or tokens, that another man is also a duly-initiated Mason.
We also do not share the ritual that we use for performing the Three Degrees with those who are not Masons. One reason for that is we don’t want to provide a potential pretender with information that they might use to gain admission into a Lodge to which they are not entitled. Another reason is that we believe that the Three Degrees are best experienced without preconceptions. Those who are elected to receive the degrees are invited to join us in membership and receive their 1st Degree with the innocence and wonderment of a child, open to ideas and teachings that will be presented to them in a way they have never experienced before. If we were to publish the scripts for that ritual, it would like letting the cat out of the bag!
Do I have to be invited to join?
Contrary to popular rumors, you do not have to be invited to join. In fact, you must request of your own free will and accord to show your own initiative in your desire to join.
How old do I have to be to join?
Interested in Learning More?
If you would like to learn more before joining, please reach out to us. Come to any of our public events to us get to know each other and see if this is a right fit for you.
Joining Twin Peaks Lodge
If you are interested in becoming a Mason, then you want to petition to receive the degrees. If you are already a Mason, but would like to become a member of Twin Peaks, then you will want to download the petition for affiliation.