When Becky Mackintosh’s son came out to her as gay, the first thing she did was pray and in this interview she shares that the clear answer she received that night and many times since was simple–love him. In this interview, Becky shares what learning to love her son in a Christ-like way has looked like for her. She candidly talks about the mistakes she’s made and the struggles she’s had but also shows that when life doesn’t go as you planned it, you can always trust God and lean into the Savior to know how to love.
Whether you have had a child come out as gay or not, there are instances in all of our lives when love is the answer to mend a difficult relationship. What parts of Becky’s story stood out to you? What did you learn from Becky about love that you can apply to your own relationships? Write down your thoughts and impressions.
One of the things Becky shared that helped her was to read about families in the scriptures. She realized there were no perfect families. Research a family from the scriptures you feel you could learn from. Read their story and then record what you learned about your own family relationships in your journal.
Becky shared throughout the interview that she learned to create a safe space in her home for her children. What do you feel prompted to do to make your home a “safe space” for anyone who enters? Pray and act on the promptings you receive.
Follow Becky on Instagram: @beckymack22
Read Becky’s Book: Love Boldly: Embracing Your LGBTQ Loved Ones and Your Faith
Visit Becky’s Website: beckymackintosh.com
Watch the video Becky referenced: The Mackintosh’s Story
Book Becky referenced: In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction by Ty Mansfield, Fred Matis, Marilyn Matis
Book Becky referenced: No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones by Carol Lynn Pearson
Scripture I referenced from Becky’s book: 2 Chronicles 20:12
Scripture Becky shared: D&C 84:88
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