Freemasonry has been a wonderful journey for me. It has led me down a great many paths that have helped me to find out more about myself and I find it amazing to think what this adventure in Freemasonry may have for me in the future.
A couple of years ago, I came across the Whence Came You? Masonic Podcast. I began listening to Brother Robert Johnson and I enjoyed every moment of his podcast. I decided to look him up on Facebook to get to know my brother a little better. I began reading the Midnight Freemasons. Brother Robert and I carried on several conversations as time went by. Later, I found out that we have more in common. We are both safety professionals, Junior Wardens in our Lodges (at the time), and a few other things.
In July of 2013, I was on a trip to Monterrey, Mexico. I checked my Facebook to see what was going
on. Brother Robert had posted a link to an article about his 13th Great Grandfather, Captain William Powell of Jamestown, Virginia. I was amazed at what I saw. I, too, am a descendent of Captain Powell. I contacted Brother Robert, immediately. I told him that not only are we brothers, but we are distant cousins!
|A piece which hangs in Bro. West's office,|
which depicts the James Town Settlement and
very place Captain Powell dropped anchor.
Masonry means many things to me. It has taken me many places. I have met many wonderful brothers. I am happy to say that because of Freemasonry, I now have a wonderful brother and cousin that I may have never met out there in the profane world. This has given me a new meaning to “Masonic Family.”
Bro. Jason S. West, 32° is the Junior Warden and an Endowed Member of Kelly Lodge No. 1131 AF&AM in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of the York Rite Bodies of San Antonio, Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Council, and Knights Templar Commandery; the Scottish Rite Valley of San Antonio; the Alzafar Shrine, Sons of Hiram Master Mason Degree Team; the Omala Grotto of the M.O.V.P.E.R.; the Irish Lodge of Research, Lodge No. 200; and the Masonic Society. Bro. West is a husband and father. He is an Army combat veteran. His profession is that of Occupational Safety & Health Engineer. He is currently working on Masonic related articles and a Masonic related book.