Corianton

Son of Alma²

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Corianton

Corianton, son of Alma, was a member of the group that accompanied Alma on his mission to the Zoramites in the city of Antionum around 74 BC. Included also was Alma’s son Shiblon, plus three of the sons of MosiahAmmon, Aaron, and Omner. Amulek and Zeezrom were additional participants. Corianton and Shiblon were privileged, therefore, to participate in a missionary circle of spiritual power and experience. Following this mission, Alma blessed Shiblon and commended him for his “steadiness” and “faithfulness unto God”. For Corianton, however, Alma had firm words of reproof and admonition.

For thou didst not give so much heed unto my words as did thy brother, among the people of the Zoramites. Now this is what I have against thee; thou didst go on unto boasting in thy strength and thy wisdom.
And this is not all, my son. Thou didst do that which was grievous unto me; for thou didst forsake the ministry, and did go over into the land of Siron among the borders of the Lamanites, after the harlot Isabel.
Yea, she did steal away the hearts of many; but this was no excuse for thee, my son. Thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted.

Alma used the opportunity to give loving counsel to his son, whose behavior was unbecoming of a disciple of Christ. “Behold, O my son, how great iniquity ye brought upon the Zoramites; for when they saw your conduct they would not believe in my words”. He then told Corianton how he could return to the strait and narrow course. “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”.

Corianton then received instruction from his father on questions that had been troubling him: the need for prophecy concerning the coming Messiah, the nature of the resurrection, the state of the soul between death and the resurrection, the continuity of character beyond death, the purpose of life as a probationary state, and the mercy and justice of God in relationship to man’s choices in life.

Corianton humbly repented and went on with his missionary service, this time according to the highest standards of humility and devotion. By the year 72 BC, Corianton had achieved a place of recognition among the leading brethren of the Church:

Yea, and there was continual peace among them [the people of Nephi], and exceedingly great prosperity in the church because of their heed and diligence which they gave unto the word of God, which was declared unto them by Helaman, and Shiblon, and Corianton, and Ammon and his brethren, yea, and by all those who had been ordained by the holy order of God, being baptized unto repentance, and sent forth to preach among the people.

The last reference to Corianton indicated that he sailed into the north countries sometime around 56 BC to 54 BC to carry provisions to the large numbers of people who had emigrated northward.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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