And now to move on: the rest of this week’s studies will be reading on Alma’s counsel to his youngest son Corianton. We read that Alma had two chapters of counsel to his eldest son, one chapter with reminders on how to live life and another to go over what is expected of him in recording on the plates. Then there was one chapter of counsel to Siblon reviewing his works and some excellent gospel principle in those chapters. There will now be four chapters total for Corianton, who struggles in life to keep the commandments.
Alma 39 opens with Alma saying “I have somewhat more to say unto thee than what I said unto thy brother.” I find that this is indeed true as a parent. It is much easier and shorter to tell a child that you love them and that they are living righteously and provide them with a little boost and a hug than it is to counsel a child that is struggling. Alma sets a stern reminder to Corianton that his brother Shiblon set a solid example for him, and that he should have been more observant and diligent.
Instead of writing out each verse here, I’m going to just go ahead and list all of the things in Corianton’s life that have been amiss according to his father and prophet Alma:
- Didn’t listen to his father’s direction
- Boasted in his own strength and wisdom
- Chased after the harlot Isabel
- Didn’t tend to the ministry
- Due to his behavior, many were not converted and would not heed to the prophet’s words
Alma then begins to teach Corianton how to change his life:
- forsake his sins
- do not chase after things you lust for
- take responsibility for yourself
- listen to your elders who can provide counsel
- turn to the Lord with everything
- acknowledge your faults and wrong doings
- seek not after riches or vain things of the world
Alma closes this chapter with some really great questions to his son. Let’s revert for a minute to using the substitution study skill that we used last week and put ourselves into these scriptures.
Verse 17: “is not a soul at this time as precious unto God as a soul will be at the time of his (Jesus Christ’s) coming?”… ask yourself. Note in your journal your thoughts on this.
Verse 18: “Is it not as necessary that the plan of redemption should be made known unto this people as well as unto their children?” MISSIONARY WORK!!!!!
Verse 19: “Is it not as easy at this time for the Lord to send his angel to declare these glad tidings unto us as unto or children, or as after the time of his coming?” Hmmmm, a great one to ponder. Of course, the Lord can send an angel each and every day, but we have been instructed to spread the gospel. It is our job to share. We have been charged as disciples of Christ to share His word to the face of the earth.
Wrapping it up for the moment…. go and do. Share the gospel. I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.