Hi I'm Becky Mackintosh
I am a mother of 7 and a grandmother who loves the outdoors. I grew up on a ranch in Montana and I'm a Mormon.
Growing up I couldn't wait to be a mother. I love children and wanted a large family. I married a man who had all the qualities on my "must-have list" (and it was a long list:) in the Salt Lake Temple. We have been married for 30 years and have 7 children and 3 grandchildren. Life has been full of joy and challenges. The challenges have strengthened us and brought us closer as a family, and the joys have made the challenges all worth while. I love being and doing whatever my children are doing. I am their biggest cheerleader. I attended BYU and BYU-Hawaii with a major in Special Education. I currently am an advisor to the Special Needs Mutual Activity Program. I am an professional speaker and an author of best selling parenting book.. I'm not an expert on parenting, but I am an expert on the challenges, joys and life's lessons in raising children. :) I love the outdoors, animals, horses and love to travel. I have been to India twice to teach a goal-setting program at a University in New Delhi, along with working with an organization helping the street children in the slums of Kolkata. I am grateful for each new day to DO better and BE better. Life is good and I find it's even sweeter when I forget about my own woes and serve others.
I was born into The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. I am a fifth generation Mormon. I am very proud of my pioneer heritage and all that they sacrificed to be baptized. As a young girl I often laid awake at nights listening to my mother and my older brother argue. He was a teenager making choices that were heart-breaking to my mother. One night as I laid in bed listening to my mother cry, and listening to my brother yell "It's my life, I can do what I want." I knelt down and prayed for the fighting to stop. I vowed to never make my mother cry and to never do those things my brother was doing. On that same night, I asked my Heavenly Father if what I was reading in the Book of Mormon was true and the most incredible warm feeling rushed through my body and I knew without a doubt that He was answering my prayer and that the Book of Mormon was a true witness of Jesus Christ. I am happy to report that throughout my life I have had that same burning feeling testify to me again and again of its truthfulness, along with other Gospel teachings. And as I got older and kept the promises that I made to Him that night, my testimony continued to grow, giving me the strength and courage to stand up to peer pressure as a teenager. I am so grateful to God for answering the prayer of a young 9 year old girl and for continuing to guide me throughout my life. My testimony is not based on others, but has come through my own quest to know if the Book of Mormon is true along with other teachings of the Gospel. That, along with living it's teachings, is why I am a Mormon.
I am indebted to God for the opportunity to live in such a time as this. I have had the opportunity to make friends with people from all around the world of different nationalities and religious backgrounds. I have a great appreciation and respect for other faiths and cultures. I find there are so many commonalities to build upon. I believe that the greatest thank you I could offer my Heavenly Father is to follow the example of his son Jesus Christ. To love and serve others and to make choices based on "What would Jesus do?" which is something that my mother instilled in me as a young child and is how I try to continue to live my life everyday. I love teenagers and have served in different capacities in my church that have allowed me to teach, love and serve the youth. Most of my adult like I have worked with the youth of the church. I am currently a teacher in the primary organization and teach the little 3 years olds. I co-teach with my daughter, this is a wonderful and fun opportunity to do together. I am an advisor to the area Special Needs Activity night for people with mental challenges. One of my favorite jobs is substituting Seminary, a religion released-time High School class several times a week. This is one of my favorite assignments, because I get to do two of the things I love most; teach teenagers and to share my testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.