What he was to do concerning this evil was the thought uppermost in Alma's mind. There had been nothing like it that ever happened in the Church before, no precedence to guide him in his troubled deliberations. What should he do? Alma wanted to be just, yet he knew a stern policy toward the wicked was necessary. Prudence and wisdom, tempered by grace, was, he soon found, a stepping-stone to the solution of the problem that now faced him. In this dilemma, Alma sought the counsel of King Mosiah.