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Just punishment must always be commensurate with the seriousness of the sin. As God’s punishment must be appropriate to the offense, so the depth of one’s repentance must be in proper proportion to the grievousness of the transgression. Given that Alma and his colleagues in carnality were “the very vilest of sinners” (Mosiah 28:4) they must fully feel the burden or weight of their repentance before they could enjoy the glorious miracle of forgiveness.
Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet -

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2