degree applicants, and between meetings, stays in
touch with brothers on the Masons of California
Facebook page. To boot, he’s a member of Scottish
Rite and York Rite.
In 2008 a coworker, Evan Brewer, asked him about
joining Masonry. Nickerson recalls, with relish, “I
made him work for it.” Only after Brewer had proven
his interest to Nickerson’s satisfaction – a test of time
and persistence – did Nickerson bring him to a lodge
dinner and help him apply. Brewer subsequently
asked Nickerson for help with the ritual.
“Because he was my buddy, I got to push on him
to accelerate,” Nickerson says. “And I ended up
coaching him through all three degrees.”
It struck a chord, and Nickerson remains a
candidate coach today. Brewer, meanwhile, meets
Nickerson at his home every month to drive to
lodge together. He still makes it a point to thank
Nickerson after every stated meeting.
WE COME IN PEACE – PLUS TRUTH,
RELIEF, AND BROTHERLY LOVE
Weeks ago, battling after-work rush hour traffic
and anxious to get home to his family, Nickerson
merged onto the highway and saw an elderly man
walking in the breakdown lane. He pulled over – an
instinct, he says, more than reasoned decision.
The man got in the car and thanked him for
the ride. He was trying to walk home, but couldn’t
remember where his home was.
He had an envelope in his pocket, with an
address some 10 miles in the other direction.
Nickerson didn’t have a GPS and didn’t know the
area, but phoned a friend who guided him through
They pulled up to the address to find the man’s
wife sitting in the front yard, waiting. She’d had the
police out looking for her husband. She had been
waiting there all day for him to come home.
“I was proud of myself for being a good Mason, and
for being a good human being. I think that’s why I
value Masonry so much. Truth, relief, brotherly love
– those are things that everybody needs, especially
Nickerson is still bothered by what might’ve
happened if he hadn’t pulled over.
“He needed help. He needed somebody,”
Nickerson says. “And I realized: there was nothing
more important in my day than helping him. I think
God gave me that opportunity to help. We all get
that opportunity every day.
“I was proud of myself for being a good Mason,
and for being a good human being,” Nickerson
continues. “I think that’s why I value Masonry so
much. Truth, relief, brotherly love – those are things
that everybody needs, especially these days.”
“Hopefully when we do go into outer space,” he
adds, “we take those values with us.”
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