Alma’s Words to his Son Corianton

Corianton’s Mistakes

Alma 39:1–4
Alma reproves Corianton for leaving the missionaries and running off with the harlot Isabel.
Alma 39:5–6
Fornication is among the gravest of sins.
Alma 39:7–8
Alma does this for Corianton’s own good.
Alma 39:9–11
Alma exhorts Corianton not to be led away by carnal, vain and foolish things.
Alma 39:12–14
The Spirit has told Alma to teach his children righteous principles.

The Coming of Christ

Alma 39:15–16
Christ will come to take away the sins of his people.
Alma 39:17–19
The timing of Christ’s coming is irrelevant to the salvation of humanity.

The Resurrection

Alma 40:1–3
There will be no resurrection until after the coming of Christ.
Alma 40:4–5
The precise time of the resurrection of humanity is unknown, but the fact that there will be a resurrection is certain.
Alma 40:6–10
There is a time between death and the resurrection.
Alma 40:11–12
In between death and the resurrection, spirits of good people are brought into a state of happiness: paradise.
Alma 40:13–14
In between death and the resurrection, spirits of the wicked are brought into a state of misery: hell.
Alma 40:15–16
This spiritual state is not to be confused with the resurrection.
Alma 40:17–19
Resurrection is defined as the posthumous union of the spirit and body.
Alma 40:20
It is unclear when the resurrection of humanity will be in relation to the resurrection of Christ.
Alma 40:21
A judgment will occur at the time of resurrection.
Alma 40:22–24
The resurrection brings about a complete and perfect biological recomposition of the human body.
Alma 40:25–26
The righteous are welcomed into the kingdom of God, and wicked are cast out.

The Concept of “Restoration”

Alma 41:1–2
The plan of restoration is required by God’s justice; the spirit is restored to the body.
Alma 41:3–4
The plan of restoration also applies in the judgment: good is rewarded with good, evil is rewarded will evil.
Alma 41:5–8
Desires and inclinations are also restored unto people.
Alma 41:9–10
Restoration does not mean going from a state of wickedness to a state of happiness.
Alma 41:11–12
All of mankind is in a fallen and sinful state; restoration does not mean bringing them into an opposite state.
Alma 41:13
Restoration implies that action is matched with reaction.
Alma 41:14
Corianton will reap what he sows, so Alma admonishes him to be christlike.
Alma 41:15
The concept of restoration brings no benefits to unrepentant sinners.

Justice and Mercy

Alma 42:1
Alma addresses Corianton’s concern regarding the injustice that the wicked are rewarded with misery.
Alma 42:2–3
When Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden, an angel prevented them from returning and eating of the fruit of the tree of life, which would have made them immortal.
Alma 42:4–5
Thus, Adam and Eve were cast out and put on probation; if they had eaten of the fruit they would have become immortal and had no chance to repent and prove themselves.
Alma 42:6
Death became necessary to mark the end of the probation.
Alma 42:7–10
In this probationary state, Adam and Eve were withdrawn from God’s presence, since their fall had brought about both spiritual and physical death—life became a preparatory phase.
Alma 42:13–14
All mankind thus became fallen, and the probationary state allows the plan of redemption to come into effect.
Alma 42:11–12
Without the plan of redemption, mankind would be hopeless lost at the time of death.
Alma 42:15–16
This plan is made possible by an atonement, executed by God himself—repentance is made possible with a penalty affixed.
Alma 42:17–21
Repentance initiates the need for law and punishment.
Alma 42:22–23
The plan of God includes law, punishment, repentance, justice, and mercy.
Alma 42:23
Mercy is a fruit of the atonement, which also brings about the resurrection of the dead, and brings mankind back into the presence of God.
Alma 42:24–26
Justice and mercy can coexist thanks to a mediator.
Alma 42:27–28
All of mankind is invited to come and partake of the redemption of Christ.

Conclusion and Counsel

Alma 42:29–30
Alma tells Corianton not to be misguided, but to accept the Lord in his heart.
Alma 42:31
Alma counsels Corianton to go preach the gospel and bring souls unto Christ.