Maybe you are a master chef; maybe you prefer two-step recipes. You might have a green thumb, or maybe a garden full of weeds. Regardless, we can all learn and develop new skills. This principle was the focus of Online Advising Manager Haley Krumblis’ devotional address today at BYU-Idaho.  

Krumblis began by sharing the story of how her son developed the skill of lawnmowing. As a young boy, Cooper loved riding along with his dad in the lawnmower. As he got older, Cooper practiced mowing. When he turned seven, his parents supervised him as he used larger equipment. Fast forward to last winter and Cooper had a job driving a tractor for a neighbor.  

“Cooper didn’t begin these experiences with some mystical lawnmowing gene,” Krumblis said. “He was in a specific environment doing what he knew was of value through support and encouragement.”  

Krumblis encouraged listeners to be patient with the speed of their progress and enjoy opportunities to learn. She emphasized the importance of seeing apparent setbacks, such as repeating a class, as opportunities to learn and grow.  

In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Krumblis warned about the dangers of comparison. 


“I think it’ll always be an uphill battle if you’re trying to compare,” Krumblis said. “We don’t know people’s experience and background and their encouragement or their mentors.”   

As she concluded her remarks, Krumblis bore her testimony.  

“Heavenly Father will not withhold knowledge if we actively seek help and understanding and then act,” Krumblis said. “Our sincere efforts are magnified, even if we are not there – yet.”