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Art faculty member Scott Franson gave a devotional address at BYU-Idaho on Nov. 11, 2016, about the different levels of "incompetence" and how they apply spiritually.

November 22, 2016
Writer: Myles Primm

Art faculty member Scott Franson gave a devotional address at BYU-Idaho on Nov. 11, 2016, about the different levels of "incompetence" and how they apply spiritually.

Brother Franson taught it is sometimes alright to be incompetent.

Brother Franson reviewed the four stages of incompetence and helped listeners understand the importance of learning and being humble enough to be taught. The four stages are: Unconscious Incompetence, Conscious Incompetence, Conscious Competence and Unconscious Competence.

He shared an experience when he was at the doctor and his wife was reading an article on the different stages of Competence. They range from not knowing you were unaware of something to being so knowledgeable of something that it does not require your full focus.

Brother Franson compared Conscious Incompetence to being aware you need to learn or change something. To illustrate this he explained how Adam and Eve when they were removed from the Garden of Eden they needed to learn how to survive on their own.

He shared a scripture from Ether 12:27 "...my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

"After being cast out of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, were not left without a way to develop, become, and overcome. A Savior was provided," said Franson in his address. "He has already made it possible for us to overcome physical and spiritual death and return to our Heavenly home."

Brother Franson said he sees this as the growing point for his students who are learning they still have a lot to learn. 

"Because there is a perceived way to do something, they cease to try," said Franson in an interview. "Recognizing this is a moment in our decision, a moment in our agency when we have to choose to go through the challenege or not to get to the ultimate goal."

Listen to his devotional address below. Click here to watch or read the devotional address.