Scottish Rite of South Dakota Orient

It is the mission of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, to improve its members and enhance the communities in which they live by teaching and emulating the principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity and Truth while actively embracing high social, moral and spiritual values including fellowship, compassion, and dedication to God, family and country.

  • Sovereign Grand Inspector General – Jeff Larson, 33°
  • Orient Representative – Harland Danielsen, 33°

Freemasonry Principles

Ordo ab Chao
“[Bringing] Order out of Chaos”

Clavis ad Mysterium
“The Key to the Mysteries”’ which signifies that as you possess the key to self – knowledge, so we are the custodians of the great secrets and ancient doctrines of Masonry; and that we must keep them preserved in our hearts, always regulating our life and conduct, as not to prove unworthy of the trust reposed in us.” (4th Degree)

“Virtue has united, and Death shall not separate.” (Motto of the 14th Degree)

Fiat Lux
“Let there be Light”
The Light Shines! The nine great lights of Masonry that you wish to shine in you are veneration, charity, generosity, heroism, honor, patriotism, justice, toleration, and divine light. (20th Degree) Do something that lives after you was a lesson taught in the 19th Degree. “The great majority of mankind lives a life of labor and discouragement. Therefore the progress of man is measured by the accomplishments of the few. Whether you will be among the few who contribute.” (20th Degree). “God is Light; and in Him is no darkness at all. …In him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.” (32nd Degree)

“What you do and learn in Freemasonry in general is sown, and grows, and may bear fruit long after you are gone. Remember that all Brothers are equal and that they have been united by Virtue to accomplish something greater than each can himself.”

A Knight Kadosh believes the following:

MASONIC – I believe in being a true Brother, in the performance of duty, in subduing my passions, and in aspiring to virtue.

POLITICAL – I believe in being a loyal and peaceable citizen, and in government by the consent of the governed, with equal treatment for all.

RELIGIOUS – I believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, of infinite Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge, who loves us all and desires our obedience. (30th Degree)


The word kadosh is Hebrew and means `pure, holy, holiness, consecrated’, and the like. With the definite article, it means `the Holy Place’ or `Sanctuary’, and makadosh [muh-kuh-dosh] means `the temple’. Therefore, the term `Knight Kadosh’ may be taken to mean `Knight of the Temple’.  The Knights Kadosh pursue the good of mankind with feet that never tire and eyes that never sleep. (30th Degree)