I, Nathan, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; ... nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.
I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.
Those familiar with the Book of Mormon will recognize in these words, the opening sentences of the Book of Mormon. I read them myself many times and I am grateful for how they represented my point-of-view.
I was raised in a devout family who for generations developed a loving, sincere and hard-working ethic. My mother expressed some surprise when instead of attending BYU as she and my father had, I chose to attend a state university to study engineering. Living away from my family taught me to responsibly care for myself and gave me space to develop my own testimony before spending two years as a missionary for the church I had belonged to since birth.
The mission was not easy. Many deep friendships were forged in that crucible as we struggled to work toward helping the good people of Texas understand and embrace the profound happiness God had prepared for them.
Upon my return, I wanted to find a companion who would marry me for eternity in a temple. Soon, a wonderful woman agreed to join me in this exciting new adventure. Together we had four boys. Preparing for the birth of our fourth son, we learned many things about circumcision which changed our perspective. Our choices were motivated by our sincere belief that our responsibility was to make the choices our new sons would make having full and accurate information. I began to seek understanding of this subject by studying the Bible, The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. I learned by this study, that regardless of how the practice began, no religious requirement remained.
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