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About Damascus

Damascus Lodge #10 is one of two bodies of Free & Accepted Masons serving Utah County and all its cities, including Alpine, American Fork, Eagle Mountain, Highland, Lehi, Orem, Payson, Pleasant Grove, Provo, Springville, and Spanish Fork.

Established January 21, 1896.

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What can Masonry do for you?

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Its history and traditions date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its values provide men with a firm foundation for moral strength, honest friendship, and direction in their responsibilities as fathers, brothers, sons, and friends.

Making Good Men Better

The ancient values and teachings of Freemasonry are guiding principles for men in every age, including ours. Along with the companionship of other good men these principles help make us even better. Freemasonry is an ancient and steadfast anchor in a sea of change, an anchor that ties men to a firm foundation which will build them up as leaders and role models in all of their duties throughout life. All men who want to improve and make more of themselves can look to this fraternity to facilitate such growth. Learn more about Freemasonry

Supporting Our Communities

Freemasonry supports the communities in which it is found as well as the people living in those communities. We commonly understand that a good man will provide good work and service to those around him, while a great man will do even more. Freemasonry builds its communities by building men, or in other words through making good men better.

Damascus Lodge #10 is building communities throughout Utah County. Our activities range from public gatherings like our Independence Day celebration in Provo, to charitable work in children’s education throughout the county.

Joining a Brotherhood

In Masonry you are introduced to ancient traditions of thought, which are passed down through the lectures and rituals of the order. These traditions bind even the most diverse men into tight fellowship. Masons in Utah County come from all walks of life. They live throughout the county. But every week they gladly come together at the lodge building in Provo to enjoy each others’ company and fellowship.

Improving Your Life

 Masons believe that education and learning are never complete. Education and self-improvement are every Mason’s constant endeavor. Every Mason is committed to helping each other learn how to be a better man, father, husband, brother, and citizen. Masons in Utah County meet regularly to teach each other principles of living a noble and true life.

Symbols and allegories are found everywhere in the fraternity of Freemasonry. They contain timeless, life-changing lessons about the brotherhood of man that are even more important in our contemporary world. By studying them you will gain knowledge for yourself and be prepared to pass them along to others who equally need their help. 

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Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.”  

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Officers of Damascus

We believe in making good men better and making the world a better place, while being devoted to our families, our faiths, our country, and our fraternity.

Librarian & Historian – Jared T. Goodey

Librarian & Historian – Jared T. Goodey

The Librarian & Historian – Lodge Officer Duties

These two titles aren’t official officer titles within Freemasonry but are very useful roles to a Working Lodge and can be given to one individual or assigned to two separate Masons.

The duties of the Librarian are to oversee and manage the incoming and outgoing books that the Lodge owns (typically educational books about Freemasonry, historical records, etc.). As members of the Lodge may be allowed to check books out from the Lodge Library, it is his duty to track where each volume is and to retrieve it when the time comes. He also handles the ordering of, or purchasing of, new materials with permission from the Lodge.

The Historian’s duties consist of keeping an accurate record of the history of the Lodge. Working together with the Secretary (past and present), he ensures that the Lodge’s rich activities from the time of its chartering to the present are well recorded and made available to the Lodge through the Library.

Both positions are appointed positions within the Lodge.

Marshal – Charles S. Lamb

Marshal – Charles S. Lamb

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Marshal – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Crossed Batons. The Marshal is the Lodge’s Conductor or Master of Ceremonies.

The Marshal of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge. The Marshal is in some jurisdictions the “Director of Ceremonies”.

The Marshal’s duties and principle role is the organization of processions and ensuring the correct precedence and etiquette in formal proceedings. It is his duty to formally conduct visitors into the lodge and introduce them to the members when the lodge is in session.

The Marshal’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Senior Deacon – Danny L. Powell

Senior Deacon – Danny L. Powell

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Senior Deacon – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Square and Compass with the Sun in the middle. The sun signifies that his position is on the lower level, to the right of the Worshipful Master in the east.

His duty is as the messenger of the Worshipful Master, hence he does a lot of walking.

The Senior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an assistant officer of the Lodge. The Senior Deacon’s principle roles are to welcome and escort both visitors and candidates into the lodge and introduce distinguished visitors.

It is his duty to assist the Worshipful Master and carry orders between the Worshipful Master and the Senior Warden. During degree rituals, he guides the new candidate and conducts him around the lodge room.

During the opening and closing ceremonies, the Senior Deacon opens the Holy Scriptures to the correct passage of the degree being worked and closes it after the lodge is adjourned. He also lights and extinguishes the candles at the altar.

In some lodges, he carries the ballot box around the lodge when new members are being voted upon.

The Senior Deacon’s position is similar to a Manager. The Senior Deacon (and the Junior Deacon) both carry long staffs (or rods) because as messengers of the Worshipful Master the staffs are symbolic of the caduceus (or wand) that the Roman winged god and messenger Mercury carried during their duties. Atop the rods are the jewels of their offices.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Junior Steward – Chris Zagos

Junior Steward – Chris Zagos

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Junior Steward – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Cornucopia, which is an exact duplicate to the Senior Steward’s Cornucopia. The Cornucopia signifies the “Horn of Plenty”. It is a goat horn filled with the “fruits of your labors” and represents a job well done.

The Junior Steward of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge.

The Junior Steward is tasked with being the understudy for the Senior Steward position and to fill in for the Senior Steward in his absence. The Junior Steward’s principle role is to assist the Senior Steward and the Senior Deacon in the preparation of the Candidates.

Both the Senior and Junior Stewards carry rods atop which are the jewels of their offices. The rods represent England’s Lord High Steward’s rod in the House of Lords.

The Junior Steward position is similar to that of a Supervisor.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Senior Warden – T.C. de Hoyos

Senior Warden – T.C. de Hoyos

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Senior Warden – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Level, symbolizing that all Masons meet on the level without regard to social, political, or religious beliefs or status.

The Senior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is the second in command within the Lodge Officers.

In the absence of the Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden assumes the Worshipful Master’s duties.

The Senior Warden of a Masonic Lodge sits in the West (symbolic of the setting sun) and assists the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the Lodge.

The Senior Warden is in charge of the Lodge when it is at labor. His position is similar to a Vice-President of any organization.

His ancient duties were to pay the Craft (the members of the guild) their wages and to handle disputes among the workers. It is his duty to support the Master and to prepare himself for that office during the following year.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Worshipful Master – Jeremy Silveira

Worshipful Master – Jeremy Silveira

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Worshipful Master – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Square, which is a stonemason’s tool to ascertain true and correct angles of the cut and smoothed stone. Thus his Jewel symbolizes virtue.

The Worshipful Master of a Masonic Lodge is the highest ranking of all Lodge Officers which a Lodge may elect.

The Worshipful Master sits in the East of the Lodge room (symbolic of the Rising Sun in the East) and directs all of the business of the Lodge. Note: Even if the building faces a different direction, the Master is said to be “in the East”. He also presides over ritual and ceremonies.

His position is similar to a President of any other organization. As Master, his word is final over any and all actions pertaining to his Lodge.

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“Set the Craft to work and give them wholesome instruction for their labor”.

While the Worshipful Master’s rank is highest of all members, his Lodge Officer Duties are the easiest to remember.

  • The Worshipful Master is responsible for every single thing within his lodge during his year as Master. He is ultimately responsible for every other lodge officer and their duties, every lodge committee, ritual and degree work, Masonic education, social functions, fundraisers, District and Grand Lodge liaisons, Trestle Board communications, etc.
  • All eyes are on the Master. If Lodge functions go smoothly, it is the Master who takes the credit. If Lodge functions go awry, it is the Master who bears the blame. Therefore, the Master wears many hats.
  • It is his duty to preside over business meetings, the conferral of degrees, and delegation of duties to all other Lodge Officers.

While Freemasons call the Master, “Worshipful Master,” they do not, as some people may erroneously believe, actually worship him. “Worshipful” is an honorary title which shows respect for his position. In France, the word “Worshipful” is replaced with the word “Venerable”. It is no different than respecting the office of our President of the United States. He would be addressed, formally, as “Mr. President” rather than by his first name. Likewise, if you go before a judge, you would address him as “Your Honor”, rather than by his first name, as a measure of respect that you hold for his office.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Tyler – Boyd Draper

Tyler – Boyd Draper

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Tyler – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Sword, by which he symbolically refuses entrance to anyone who is uninitiated in the Craft. The sword has no scabbard as it is his symbolic duty to always have his sword drawn and ready for the defense of his post.

The Tyler (or Tiler) of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge and is sometimes known as the “Outer Guard.” He sits outside the closed door of the lodge room, armed with a sword.

The Tyler’s duties and principle role are to ensure that only those who are duly qualified are allowed to enter the Lodge Room when Lodge is in session. He guards against cowans and eavesdroppers. During the Middle Ages, a cowan was a man who built stone walls of poor quality. He was an uninitiated or non-apprenticed stonemason or a “jackleg” if you will.

While the Tyler is sometimes called upon to assist in the preparation of candidates, his chief duty is to (symbolically) keep unskilled workmen from overhearing the conversation within the Lodge Room while Lodge is in session and to make sure that those who are not of the proper degree for the open Lodge are kept from entering at the improper moment.

After the Lodge members are inside the Lodge Room, the door closes and it is the Tyler’s duty to decide whether late arrivals may enter. It is also his duty to make sure that each visitor is “properly clothed”, which means they must be wearing their Masonic apron. To be fully and properly dressed before entrance into the Lodge Room, the visitor must be wearing their apron over the top (or on the outside) of their suit coat (never under their coat) and the apron strings must be fully tied before the Tiler will allow the visitor entrance.

The Tyler’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Junior Deacon – Jeremy T. Estes

Junior Deacon – Jeremy T. Estes

Junior Deacon's Jewel

Junior Deacon – Lodge Officer Duties

Like his senior counterpart, the Senior Deacon, the Jewel of his office is the Square and Compass. However, the Junior Deacon’s Square and Compass has the moon in the center (rather than a sun), which signifies that he is in the West.

The Junior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an assistant officer of the Lodge. He sits to the lower right of the Senior Warden.

The Junior Deacon’s principle roles are to assist the Senior Warden by carrying messages from the Senior Warden in the West to the Junior Warden in the South and to guard the inner door of the Lodge.

It is his duty to ascertain at all times whether the Tyler is guarding the door and only allowing visitors to enter after they have been properly vouched for. The Junior Deacon and the Tyler communicate with each other by knocking on the door (the Tyler from the outside and the Junior Deacon from the inside).

Some jurisdictions split this position into two positions, that of the Junior Deacon and the Inner Guard.

The Junior Warden’s position is similar to a Manager.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Chaplain – Granville L. Schmidt

Chaplain – Granville L. Schmidt

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Chaplain – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel of office is an opened book, symbolizing the Volume of Sacred Law (the Christian Bible, Hebrew Torah or Tanach, the Muslim Qur’an, the Hindu Vedas, the LDS Book of Mormon, or other Holy Books).

The Chaplain of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge. He sits to the left of the Master.

The Chaplain is the spiritual leader of the Lodge. While he may or may not be a real-world Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Imam, or Bishop, in the lodge the Chaplain is responsible for non-denominational prayers at both the opening and closing of meetings, during degree ritual ceremonies, and before meals. Most Chaplains have no religious training and prayers are purposefully non-denominational because though Freemasons belief in a greater deity specific religion preference is not permitted within the Lodge.

The Chaplain’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Junior Warden – Blake Hansen

Junior Warden – Blake Hansen

Junior Warden Jewel

Junior Warden – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel of Office is the Plumb, which is a stonemason’s instrument used for ascertaining the alignment of a vertical surface. It symbolizes upright behavior among Masons.

The Junior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is the third in command of the Lodge. The Junior Warden sits in the South (symbolic of the position of the sun at midday) and is responsible for the Brethren while the Lodge is at ease or refreshment.

His position is similar to a Second Vice-President. The Junior Warden, too, may open the lodge if the Master is unable to attend the meeting.

It is the Junior Warden’s duty to arrange meals for the lodge and, typically, the 2 Stewards act as his assistants in this responsibility.

Symbolically, it is also his duty to make certain that the members do not convert their refreshment into intemperance or excess. This is a holdover from earlier days which still remains as part of the Junior Warden’s job description even though alcohol is barred from the lodge in most U.S. jurisdictions.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Treasurer – Jess D. Worwood

Treasurer – Jess D. Worwood

Treasurer's Jewel

Treasurer – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is a Pair of Crossed Keys, signifying he is the Collector and Distributor of all Lodge Monies as he holds the keys to the cashbox.

The Treasurer of a Masonic Lodge is the Chief Financial Officer of the Lodge. He sits to the right of the Master and behind the Senior Deacon.

The Treasurer is responsible for all financial transactions. He receives all money, pays all debts by order of the Worshipful Master with the consent of the lodge and renders a report when requested.

The treasurer does not need to be in possession of an accounting degree. However, experience with bookkeeping and accounting is an asset. Financial bookkeeping transactions may be performed either by hand or by the use of accounting software.

The Treasurer’s duties can be likened to a corporate C.F.O. (Chief Financial Officer).

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Senior Steward – Jason K. McDonald

Senior Steward – Jason K. McDonald

Steward's Jewel

Senior Steward – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Cornucopia, as is that of the Junior Steward. The Cornucopia signifies the “Horn of Plenty”. It is a goat horn filled with the fresh fruits and vegetables to denote the “fruits of your labors” and represents a job well done.

The Senior Steward of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge.

The Senior Steward is tasked to understudy the Junior Deacon’s position and fill in for the Junior Deacon when absent.

The Junior Steward’s principle role is to prepare the candidates for ritual and escort them to the Lodge Room as well as assist the Senior Deacon. In their entry Officer positions, both the Senior and Junior Stewards typically handle kitchen duties and wait staff for the members.

The Senior Steward’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor.

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

Secretary – Ed Mortensen

Secretary – Ed Mortensen

Secretary's Jewel

Secretary – Lodge Officer Duties

His Jewel is the Crossed Quill Pens. The Secretary is the Lodge’s Recorder.

The Secretary’s Lodge Officer Duties require a high degree of lodge experience, Masonic knowledge, diplomacy and, above all, detailed paperwork skills. The Lodge Secretary is the backbone of any Masonic Lodge and he holds a position of great responsibility. He sits to the left of the Master.

His duties require him to handle all correspondence to the members, minutes of Lodge meetings, petitions of new candidates, continuous lodge member count, and many other administrative duties. He compiles an ongoing list of each new candidate and which degrees that candidate has undertaken. From his member list, he sends out the annual dues notices and receives dues payments.

He communicates with other Lodges and the Grand Lodge, types letters, retrieves the mail as well as handles many other details.

The Secretary’s Lodge Officer duties are many, not the least of which is that he must be well versed in Grand Lodge By-Laws for his jurisdiction and his Lodge By-Laws. He keeps the list of Lodge members and helps the Master organize his meetings.

A very experienced member usually resides in this chair. Many times, he is a Past Master of the Lodge. While it is not a prerequisite, due to the number of hours that this position requires, most (not all) Lodge Secretaries are retired and therefore able to devote the many hours required which are necessary to this position.

The Secretary’s position is similar to a corporate C.O.O., (Chief Operation Officer).

Read more: The Masonic Lodge of Education

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December 14, 2016, 7:00pm - December 14, 2016, 10:00pm

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September 27, 2016, 7:00pm - September 27, 2016, 9:00pm

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September 21, 2016, 7:00pm - September 21, 2016, 10:00pm

Come brush up on your ritual at 7pm on Wednesday the 21st.

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Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries.

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