Alma 34 and Alma 39-42: Corianton’s concerns

Alma specifically mentions four things that Corianton is “worried” about. Often Alma’s explanations come in several stages, and each of those points is worth mentioning as likely they are the specific things Corianton was misunderstanding:

1. “And now I will ease your mind somewhat on this subject. Behold you marvel why these things should be known so long beforehand.” (Alma 39: 17)

2. “I perceive that thy mind is worried concerning the resurrection of the dead.” (Alma 40:1)

  • 2a: “there is no resurrection … until after the coming of Christ” (Alma 40:2) 2b: “And now, concerning this space of time, what becometh of the souls of men is the thing which I have inquired diligently of the Lord to know.” (Alma 40:9)
  • 2c:  “Now, we do not suppose that this resurrection, which is spoken of in this manner, can be the resurrection of the souls and their consignation to happiness or misery. Ye cannot suppose that this is what it meaneth. ” (Alma 40:17)
  • 2d: “And now, my son, this is the restoration of which has been spoken by the mouths of the prophets–” (Alma 40:24)

3. “I have somewhat to say concerning the restoration of which has been spoken, for behold, some have wrested the scriptures, and have gone far astray because of this thing. And I perceive that thy mind has been worried also concerning this thing.” (Alma 41:1)

  • 3a: “The plan of restoration is requisite with the justice of God” (Alma 41:2)
  • 3b: “Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness.” (Alma 41:10)

4. “I perceive there is somewhat more that doth worry your mind, which ye cannot understand — which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner.” (Alma 42:1)

  • [Alma 42 is still a puzzle to me, to hopefully be worked out during our Saturday Study group this weekend.]

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