Free & Accepted Masons of the State of California
Elk Grove Lodge No. 173
Photo by Bill Bradford
Freemasonry is a Brotherhood of Men under the Fatherhood of God, charged with the mission of identifying good men and giving them the opportunities and resources to become better men.
One of Masonry's founding and guiding principles is relief, because to give of one's self to help another is one of life's highest attainments. Relief comes in many forms — it could simply be helping a brother in need, or coming to the aid of a widow or an orphan.
The family of Freemasonry includes the local Lodges, together with an assortment of concordant bodies. There are Masonic organizations for youth and for the female relatives of Masons. There are educational organizations, social organizations, service organizations, and honorary organizations.