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From the East
WM Eric Willson

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who made the month of March a success. While we still need a touch more polish, it is a true pleasure to see how professional our degree work has been.

We have several more degrees before the summer. At the beginning of the year, I asked many of you to consider learning some Third-Degree parts. Game time is around the corner!

My Brothers, I would like to take this opportunity to ask that we all make an effort to visit the lodges that meet in our building. We have just invited a third, and it would be good for us to meet the many masons who call our home theirs as well!

Fraternally yours,
Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

Be advised that we will be re-voting on a by-law change during the May Stated Meeting. As this is the Trestle Board which will be distributed in March, you will have more than 30 days’ notice.

Notice was also given in the March stated meeting and will be given again in April at that stated meeting as well.

The purpose of the by-law change was to allow the lodge, if a stated meeting were to fall on a national holiday, to allow us with due and timely notice to the craft, to move the meeting to the second Wednesday of that month only.

This prevents us from having to meet on a day when many Brothers would be occupied with family and other holiday activities.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

April is coming upon us, so, for the Stated Communication on the 3rd of April we will be having something special at 6:30pm. One of our own Master Masons, George Wilson, will be making Navaho Fried Bread Tacos.

At the Family Dinner on the 24th of April at 6:30pm we will have Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and garlic bread sticks with a green Salad, hope you will enjoy.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

It is, indeed, my pleasure to serve as Lodge Secretary. With each issue that comes my way, I am learning Nevada Masonic Code, appreciating the gentle, but firm, help of Grand Lodge officers, as well as working with the officers of Mt. Moriah #39. Thank you for your trust.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

Brethren,

I would like to thank everyone who came out last month for Brother Stan’s EA education.  I enjoyed the lecture and found myself thinking about the lesson that was communicated in the days that followed.  I am always surprised when I hear or read negative commentary concerning the Craft.  There is a lot of it.

We should, my Brothers, ever remember those important lessons in the first-degree charge.  Let us not compound any ill and misinformed opinions about our fraternity through our own wrong action.  Be vigilant!

Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

At our last Stated Meeting, I had the privilege of sitting in the East while the Worshipful Master was away. It was also my duty to provide an education, which I did on Psalm 133. I very much enjoyed creating and delivering that talk and I hope all the Brethren found it enlightening and useful.

For those of you in the officer line, it’s a good lesson that you should always be prepared to step up a seat, since sometimes life can cause Brothers to miss meetings from time to time. Consider preparing your ritual work well ahead of time and you’ll always be prepared.

Contact our DGL or any of your Senior Officers and we’d be pleased to help you or any Brother who wants to improve their knowledge of the work.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

I hope you have been enjoying our meals this year. We have more to come. On March 6 (State Meeting) we’re going to have Angus Hamburger Steak with Mushroom gravy, white rice, green beans, salad and deserts.

Then on March 27 (Family Dinner) we’re going to have Taco night, ground chicken or beef, hard or soft shell, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese and re-fried beans. Oh yes there will be desserts also. Hope this sounds good.

If any of you have suggestions for meals let me know. Brother George suggested Indian Tacos which we will have in the near future. Thank you, Brother George.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

Last month’s stated meeting had many items, as you can see in the draft of the minutes.  Please review the minutes for errors and bring them to my attention before the next Stated Meeting opens.

Thanks to all those who paid their dues.

Rob Noland
Secretary

From the East
WM Eric Willson

Brethren,

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who contributed to a successful stated meeting and Entered Apprentice Degree in January.  The work was exceptional and was well received by our several guests.

This month we will be moving forward with our first education night of the year, which will be held on the second Wednesday.  All Masons are welcome.

It warmed my heart to see the participation last month.  Let’s keep up the enthusiasm!

Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

Moving from the South the West, I must admit that my perspective of the Lodge changes. In the South, everything is happening to the left and the right. In the West, everything is directly ahead.

But the physical location is only part of it. Each role in the Lodge serves a purpose and has its own unique responsibilities. The Deacons are concerned with the doors and good order. The Stewards with Candidates, and so on. If each of us in our own duties and in our own perspectives’ functions well, the Lodge will function well.

As this new year begins in the Lodge, consider well the new roles and perspectives that you should develop, if you are in a chair. And if you are on the sidelines, how can you help the craft with understanding their roles as well?

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

Brethren hope all is well, Stated Meeting on February 6, 2019 will be Pork Ribs, Baked Beans, coleslaw and deserts. February 13 a called communication will be finger food, snacks and sweets. February 27 is our celebration of George Washington’s birthday and we’ll have Meatloaf, Au Gratin potatoes, veggies and deserts.

If anyone has any ideas about what to have on stated or family dinners, I’m open. See you all soon.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

This is to remind you that annual dues are now past due.  If you haven’t paid, please do so as soon as you can.  Dues for 2019 is $101.00.

Rob Noland
Secretary

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From the East
WM Eric Willson

Brethren,

I would like to thank all of you for entrusting me with the care and governance of our Lodge during 2019.  It is a pleasure and an honor to serve you in this capacity.

I look forward to seeing you all in the coming months as we test out the schedule I have proposed.  It is going to be a busy winter and early spring as we take on the petitions that have been steadily arriving.  It is heartening to see so much interest in our Fraternity!

With that in mind, I implore all of you to begin really considering the direction the Lodge is heading, and what kind of future you would like to see for it.  As many of our great ritualists get closer to retirement, we will need to be prepared to fill their shoes.  No matter how big they may be.

If anyone has any ideas on how to proceed in the long term, I invite you all to share them with me.

Eric Willson
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro John Krikorian

Thank you for electing me to the West. This year, as I represent the Pillar of Strength, my goal will be to support all of you as you grow in your Masonic journeys. Each of us needs the support of our Brothers as we progress towards the East or wherever our path takes us.

And as you think about that path, don’t hesitate to speak to any of the officers, PMs, or Brothers for wise counsel as we help each other as we travel.

John Krikorian
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro Dick Wright

I want to thank you for putting your trust in me for this next year, and I will do my best.

For the Stated Communication on the 2nd of January, we will have for dinner Teriyaki Chicken, fried rice and other fixings.

On January 23rd the family dinner will be Spaghetti with meatballs sauce, garlic breads and other fixings. If you have any suggestion for dinners, please let me know. If it’s sounds good to you, we will try and come up with what you suggest.

Dick Wright
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Rob Noland

Brethren, Seasons’ Greetings,

Brethren it’s very humbling that you chose to elect me to this very important, job. I will be doing my very best for you in the coming months as I learn what all my duties are.

I know one of my jobs is to collect dues for 2019, for the time is coming very quickly when your 2018 Dues Card will run out from being valid, and that date is December 31, 2018.

Rob Noland
Secretary

The Worshipful Master's Jewel, the Square

From the East
WM Dennis Ashley

Thanks to everyone that was involved in Mt. Moriah‘s 70th Anniversary Black Tie Gala, especially Tracy Ashley. The event served multifaceted purposes—to bring awareness to our 70-year existence, to share information regarding the state of our Lodge and to reintroduce Freemasonry back into the community.

My personal thanks is extended to all members for your vote of confidence in me to lead the Lodge during 2018.  Serving in this position has added value to my life and has been a rewarding and wonderful experience.  So, if we ever meet, act or part.

Earnestly
Dennis Ashley,
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro Eric Willson

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for granting me the honor of serving as Senior Warden this past year.  We had some rocky moments while preparing for our work, but our ritual was excellent for the most part.  We conducted a lot of degrees, and I hope everyone enjoyed putting them on as much as I did.

This December, should you see fit to elect me as Master of the Lodge, you can expect an installation of officers on the 12th, second Wednesday.  Dinner will be served at 6pm, with the meeting beginning at 7pm.

I was touched by the 70th anniversary Gala the Worshipful Dennis Ashley hosted on behalf of our Lodge.  Thank you to everyone who attended.

Now is the time to prepare for your parts next year, my Brothers.  There are a lot of petitions for membership in waiting.  Let’s make Mount Moriah #39 shine in 2019.

Fraternally,
Eric Willson
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro John Krikorian

Through our Masonic lessons, we learn about the beauty of geometry and how lines, angles, and curves can combine to produce the most aesthetically pleasing results. When on paper, we can make drawings and images that satisfy and delight the viewer. If combined with operative masonry and the correct application of architecture, geometry can produce lovely buildings where every part supports the whole of a stunning edifice.

This is also true of the Lodge. Every Mason, from the newest Entered Apprentice in the north-east corner to the 50-year plus member comes together to form one structure of men whereby the sum is greater than the parts.

As you progress in your Masonic journey, consider how you can use our Masonic lessons to build a moral and ethical foundation for your own life whereby the sum is also greater than the parts. This is the heart of practicing Freemasonry.

Fraternally,
John Krikorian
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kesler, PM

I know that this a hard time of the year because it’s the same time when the Lodges and other organizations dues come due, and that’s the hard part is to come up with the funds to pay them before the end of the year, yet we seem to come with what is needed to stay in good graces.

When you get a chance, take good look at the finished re-topping of the round tables in then Dining room and much and many thanks to the Lodge members that refinished them. They look great and you can see and converse with those at the table.

As you can see, I’ve added our locale Masonic Neighbors that we associate with whenever we are in this building and I thought you should be able to get to know who they are.

Fraternally,
Larry G. Kesler, Sec.

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From the East
WM Dennis Ashley

Oh how good and pleasant It is to be back in the quarry with my Brothers! We have an exciting month ahead of us. It gives me great pleasure to announce our GMOV on September 5, 2018.

Also, several educational seminars, two proficiencies, a Master Mason Degree and an abundance of fellowship.

In conclusion, we are planning Mt. Moriah’s 70th year Anniversary on November 17th, 2018 at the MMT Building on Alta Dr. Formal invitations will be sent to all constituent Lodges for an accurate head count. Further details to follow in the coming weeks. I thank you in advance.

Your attendance regarding these matters are Earnestly recommended!

Earnestly
Dennis Ashley,
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro Eric Willson

I  am excited to welcome you all back from the summer break.  I hope everyone enjoyed themselves!

Please take a little time to review your parts, if you have any.  Now is also a good time to look forward to next year and the parts you will be performing then.  Feel free to reach out to me or to any well-informed brother if you should need assistance.

Fraternally,
Eric Willson
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro John Krikorian

What is a plumb line? It is a tool made of a cord with a heavy weight attached to the end. It is used by masons to test the perpendicularity of any vertical construct. The plumb line and the structure must be parallel, or it is not true.

Why did God say, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel? Because the plumb admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations before God and man.

For the speculative mason, this means that we must always be in accord with what is true. This is so even when we are in the sight of our friends, or in the sight of no other people at all, which would mean we are solely in the view of the Divine Architect.

Adam Smith, the author of the Wealth of Nations, as well as The Theory of Moral Sentiments tells us that man desires “to be loved and to be lovely.” This means that not only does man require the respect and friendship of his comrades, he also desires to be worthy of that love, respect, and companionship. Every day in Masonry, we should ask ourselves if we are worthy of such a thing and if not, which is often the case, how we can improve to be so? This is core to Freemasonry.

Fraternally,
John Krikorian
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kesler, PM

Here’s an event that has come to my attention that I thought that any Patriotic person would possibly want to attend.

The next Honor Flight Welcome for Southern NV Welcome Home is scheduled for Sun 9 Sept Suggest meeting at 3:30 pm · McCarran International Airport 2nd level – bring Flags and Welcome Home signs.

Fraternally,
Larry G. Kesler, Sec.

The Worshipful Master's Jewel, the square

From the East
WM Dennis Ashley

What a pleasure it was to see and meet new Brethren and receive more Light in Masonry. I’d like to give a special thanks to all those who assisted in the assembly of the NMLC. Mt. Moriah proficiency work is second to none; it is an education piece in itself. If you ever have an available Wednesday and we are doing proficiency work, I encourage you to attend. I’d also like to thank Worshipful Brother Chuck Barone, Most Worshipful Mike Hoaglin, and Worshipful Brother Eric Holder on their education workshops. All 3 left you yearning for “More Light”. If you like esoteric Masonic discussions, you should attend our education workshops.

Earnestly
Dennis Ashley,
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro Eric Willson

On looking at what the Master has planned over the next few months, I am excited at the amount of education in the schedule.  This has been a great year for it so far.  I would like to encourage all Brothers to try to take the time to attend the lectures.  The work that goes into them is extensive, and I feel that they truly delve into what it means to be a Mason.  Come and Enjoy them!

Fraternally,
Eric Willson
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro John Krikorian

 

I was glad to see that everyone enjoyed the family dinner last month. I was afraid that we would have leftover food, but everything seemed to go!

Your principle officers will be making a pilgrimage to Northern Nevada in June for the Nevada Masonic Leadership Conference in Reno. We hope the Brothers that attended in Las Vegas fond it a useful experience and a great time.

As the summer is nearly upon us, I hope each of you has an enjoyable and healthy break.

Fraternally,
John Krikorian
Junior Warden

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From the East
WM Dennis Ashley

April is going to be a very exciting month for us! I’d like to first welcome brother Syed Naqvi to the Fraternity, may your Journey be Blissful.  Secondly, we are unveiling a new Mt. Moriah commemorative Masonic Coin.  Lastly good Masonic fellowship and more Masonic Light from another one of our Esteemed members.

Earnestly
Dennis Ashley,
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro Eric Willson

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to travel to the other lodges in the last couple of months.  This is the first year that I have really made the effort, and I’ve found it as rewarding as I’m sure many of you have.

Sitting on the sidelines at another Lodge is a great way to meet other Masons throughout the valley and state.  It also serves as an excellent opportunity to reflect on our own Lodge.  Seeing how others do things is a good way to constructively judge our own work and social customs.

As we approach the summer, I hope that we, as a Lodge, will continue this new habit we’ve developed and continue to make Mt. Moriah a greater presence on the Masonic stage.

Fraternally,
Eric Willson
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro John Krikorian

Last month, we visited our Brothers at Acacia Lodge for their GMOV, and it was a great time. As many of you know, I travel for work and every time I visit a new city, I always try to attend a lodge meeting. It’s been one of the highlights of my Masonic journey.

Accordingly, I’d encourage every Brother to visit other Lodges. We often say to others that ours is the largest and oldest Fraternity in the world, but that means little if you never go outside your lodge. Take the opportunity to see how Masonry operates and meets in new places in Nevada, in the US, and even abroad in the world, should you ever have the chance. You won’t regret it!

Fraternally,
John Krikorian
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kesler, PM

Well brethren, you will notice there is a new look in the Trestle Board this Month. Although it’s still has much of the information that you need to keep in touch with your officers and brethren who are working for your lodge.

Fraternally,
Larry G. Kesler, Sec.

Masonic Square and Compass Pendant

From the East
WM Dennis Ashley

We have plenty of work in the quarries ahead of us this month that must be completed. I would like to thank all the Brethren for a very enthusiastic February; traveling to our constituent lodges, practicing on Saturdays and your unwavering Degree work.

I would also like to welcome our newly made Master Masons to further light in Masonry, which will undoubtedly find its way into the fabric of your life. Also, congratulations to our newly accepted Candidate who is as anxious to receive the Three Degrees of Freemasonry that we are about to confer upon him starting on March 21st. March 28th we will have an education lecture
from one of our esteemed members of the Fraternity, with an open forum discussion during and after. Spread the word and invite as many Masons you know and absorb as much light as possible.

Earnestly
Dennis Ashley,
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro Eric Willson

February was a busy month for the Lodge. Several visits to other Lodges and two degrees was quite the schedule to keep.

Thanks go out to everyone who helped out and jumped through the hoops as problems arose and changes were needed.
March is looking to be scheduled out as well.

Please let me know if there are any parts you’ve been learning or wanting to learn. We always need more ritualists.

Fraternally,
Eric Willson
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro John Krikorian

While there are many virtues discussed in our work, I always come back to Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Our goal is to bring men together on the level and inspire that sense of honest and genuine affection for one another. We look beyond the differences that divide the profane and build connections that enrich each of us.

In my interpretation, relief proceeds from Brotherly Love. If my Brother suffers, do we not also suffer? To improve ourselves and
each other, we must have a care to ensure that we are properly oriented in our attention. When profane troubles such as sickness and distress arise, they pull our attention, focus, and efforts away from the noble pursuits of our order.

Nothing can separate a man from himself more than dishonesty. This is why truth is one of the three virtues we practice. In all our doings and contemplations, we must constantly endeavor to seek truth for ourselves, our Brothers, our families, and the wider world.

Fraternally,
John Krikorian
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kesler, PM

Brethren; I have been in this office for one year now and it seems to be running a little easier. I‘m still working on tweaking it a little more by keeping better records. I always like to leave you with some sort of education information so here’s mine for March:

David Garrick (1717-1779)
Regarded, as the greatest actor in the history of the English stage. Born Feb. 19, 1717 in Hereford, England, of Huguenot descent, he met Samuel Johnson while a student at Lichfield grammar school and became his first pupil at Edal. In 1737 he accompanied Johnson to London, where he made his reputation by acting in Richard III, Oct. 19, 1741. His success
continued in other Shakespearean plays and he became co-manager of Drury Lane Theatre in 1747. Amassing a fortune, he retired to Hampton in 1776. He enjoyed the friendship of Dr. Johnson and his circle of distinguished persons of that day. A Mason, he is thought to have belonged to St. Paul’s Lodge No. 194. This lodge has Garrick’s snuff box which, the old minutes state, “replaces one presented to the lodge by Bro. David Garrick.” He died Jan. 20, 1779.
By Bro. Jerry C Townsend

Fraternally,
Larry G. Kesler, Sec.

The Worshipful Master's Gavel

From the East
WM Dennis Ashley

I hope you find as much enjoyment in reading the Trestle Boards from our other lodges around Southern Nevada as I do. I purposely find time to read each and they are always meaningful and fulfilling. It gives me a broader perspective on Masonry as a whole; but it also gives me a more intimate look into that particular brother’s heart. And it just so happens to be an inestimable gift to us.

This time the Greatest Light in Masonry directed me to expound lightly on listening. So here’s my interpretation:

The people most likely to gain knowledge are those who are willing to listen. It is a sign of strength not weakness to pay attention to what others have to say. People who are eager to listen continue to learn and grow throughout their lives. If we refuse to become set in our ways, we can always expand the limits of our knowledge.

It’s becoming quite clear to me, that my Mentors goal for me, as a Mason, was more than merely to see that I profess my Faith or attend Lodge regularly. But more importantly it is to see that I’ve become more mature in the practice of Masonry. And for an important point I THANK YOU earnestly!!!

Earnestly
Dennis Ashley,
Worshipful Master


From the West
Bro Eric Willson

I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday season. The dinners were a huge success, and it was fun seeing so many people attending.

The lodge has a lot of new members and incoming petitions this year. Degree work is going to be a regular event in the coming months. I feel there is nothing more fun and exciting than putting on a degree. The more expertly executed, the more pride and pleasure we take in them. Lets all go the extra mile this year in learning our work!

Fraternally,
Eric Willson
Senior Warden


From the South
Bro John Krikorian

We have a very full calendar of degree work and other meetings coming up, which is delightful to see. Each evening that we meet, there are always Brothers that we want to greet, questions about Lodge business that we must conduct, and rituals to prepare for. It can always be quite busy before the gavel falls.

But I would ask every Brother to take just a moment and consider something new each Lodge night. Whether it be the splendor of our rituals, or the beauty of our various charitable efforts, or simply the companionship of your Brothers, take the time to see something new in Masonry for yourself and for the Brothers around you. Being deliberate and thoughtful about your Masonic journey will only increase the significance of each night, not only to you, but to the Brothers around you as well.

Fraternally,
John Krikorian
Junior Warden


From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kesler, PM

The Worshipful master has indicated that he would like the education programs to the Lodge to come from the heart if at all possible.

There are occasions when this will not happen when a “Canned” programs is done in order that we get some sort of education during the Communications’.

What does it mean to be Political, it means that all to do with citizenship of a man’s life to a neighbor and as a member of his community. All that it requires is that he is a freemason, in no sense a slave, a bondsman or someone that has lost his right of citizenship; he’s his own master, free from discharge his Masonic duties without outside interferences. He must be of “good report” in otherwise have a good reputation from those that know him best. Must be a good citizen that obeys as is expressed in the “Old Charges” to a “Civil Magistrate” and to keep from getting involved in rebellions and mobs in defiance of tranquility of public order.

Fraternally,
Larry G. Kesler, Sec.

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