On Tuesday, July 14, Brother Jim Croasmun, the curriculum design leader at BYU-Idaho, spoke at the BYU-Idaho Devotional. 

Croasmun spoke about charity and its importance in our eternal development. 

“Charity is kind..our Savior is kind…our Heavenly Father is kind…that is true and constant,” Croasmun said during devotional. 

Croasmun began his message describing charity as the first car on a long locomotive. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live by many commandments, and it can seem hard at times to balance them all. 

Croasmun said the first car on a locomotive helps propel the rest of the cars forward, the analogy implying that charity is the first car. 

“The scriptures give us lists of attributes needed to serve in the kingdom like faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, and diligence….they are all worthy and good,” Croasmun said. “In this long train made of attributes, let’s make the car called Charity the first car.” 

In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Croasmun shared some of his favorite scriptures relating to charity. 

“I can’t say it better than Moroni did [in Moroni chapter 7],” Croasmun said in the interview. “[And] there’s the story of the woman [in Mark 5] with the issue of blood.” 

When asked what some of the best things someone could do to develop charity, Croasmun had a simple and concise response. 

“I think it starts with what Moroni said…pray for it,” Croasmun said. 

Croasmun also suggested for those who want to have more charity, “To read other stories of people who are kind. 

Along with what he talked about regarding his devotional talk, Croasmun took some time to explain some of his thoughts about the future of remote education. 

Croasmun said the coronavirus pandemic had not affected online education much at all. Still, he said that he thinks that many online teachers could start applying certain things from remote classes to their online curriculums. 

He said that he wouldn’t be surprised if a few classes adopt certain components from remote courses and how they adapted to the pandemic. 

“I think we are going to see some amazing innovations come from this,” Croasmun said.