Lessons from the Book of Mormon as taught by S.J. Hollist, in
“Lesson 24: Alma Counsels His Son Corianton,” Primary 4: Book of Mormon, 83
We experience good and bad consequences depending on our choices. We have many difficult choices to make, but Heavenly Father has given us commandments to help us.
Read Alma 39
, the second article of faith
, and the eleventh article of faith
Corianton’s brothers had set a good example for him? (Alma 39:1
). Whom do you look to for a righteous example?
Alma was unhappy with Corianton "For [he] didst not give so much heed unto my words as did thy brother" (Alma 39:2
). Corianton did not obey Alma.
Alma was reminding Corianton of his sins "for [his] good" (Alma 39:7–9
). To “cross yourself in all these things” [verse 9] means to turn away from these evils. Keep in mind that God knows of all our sins (Alma 39:8
). Feelings of guilt can lead us to repent.
Alma told Corianton his brothers could give him good advice in making choices. (Alma 39:10
). From what other sources can you receive righteous counsel?
Corianton’s unrighteous actions caused the Zoramites to not believe Alma's words (Alma 39:11
). In what ways may our choices affect others?
Think of some of the choices you have to make. How might the Holy Ghost help you know when you are doing something wrong? The Holy Ghost can also help you know you have made a good decision.
Alma taught Corianton to repent, saying "turn to the Lord with all your mind, might, and strength; that ye lead away the hearts of no more to do wickedly; but rather return unto them, and acknowledge your faults and that wrong which ye have done" (Alma 39:13
). We must do all we can to follow Christ's example and repent for what we have done wrong. We also need to apologize to those whom we have hurt by our wrong choices.
Alma’s counsel about seeking riches, saying "Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you [when you die]" (Alma 39:14
). When riches become the most important thing in our lives, we lose sight of what's truly important.
Alma taught Corianton about the mission of Jesus Christ: "it is he that surely shall come to take away the sins of the world; yea, he cometh to declare glad tidings of salvation unto his people." (Alma 39:15
Alma told Corianton teach about "declare these glad tidings unto this people, to prepare their minds; or rather that salvation might come unto them, that they may . . . hear the word" (Alma 39:16
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