The North Carolina Mason

November/December 2021

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The Mason Official Publication of e Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina Volume 146 Number 6 Oxford, North Carolina November/December 2021 NORTH CAROLINA ■ see INSTALLATION, page 2 By Beth Grace Mason Editor Newly installed Grand Master Larry B. ompson Jr. did not arrive in this place by accident. "Providence is what brought me to this stage," he told a gathering of brothers, sisters, friends and family shortly after he was installed with fellow Grand Line officers at the historic Meroney eater in the heart of Salisbury. rough some college reading, his interest in the Craft began to take hold. He found himself talking about Masonry at his mom and dad's house … and was stunned to learn that his family had been filled with brethren for years. He had just never known. But once he did, he was fully involved. During his year in the East, brethren can expect to often hear about a Masonic revival. MW ompson has a five-point plan he will unveil. "We're going to get everyone excited about Freemasonry again," he said. e highest office in Masonry carries with it some strict require- ments. Installing Grand Officer PGM Doug Caudle told him the office carries with it "all the power and authority to govern the craft without dictation or pressure from any source. … You are invested with powers and prerogatives which are well-nigh absolute." His installation was marked with some tears – and a few laughs. 'Providence brought me here'

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