Alma 39 to 42 – “The Great Plan of Happiness”

July 27, 2020 to August 2, 2020

Alma teaches Corianton about life after death, repentance, resurrection, and the spirit world.

“Textual Similarities in the Words of Abinadi and Alma’s Counsel to Corianton,” John Hilton III, BYU Studies Vol. 51, no. 2
John Hilton shows how Alma the Younger (in Alma 39-42) quoted Abinadi (Mosiah 12-17) at least thirteen times. This shows that Alma had studied Abinadi’s words so that he could weave them into a text as though they were his own. This study is an example of the richness of the Book of Mormon text and how both human-based and computer-based techniques can be used to find textual similarities. In a short video posted here, Hilton explains the main concept of this article.

“Alma 39: A Model for Teaching Morality,” Terry B. Ball, Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 2, no. 2
Alma 39 provides counsel on eschewing sexual immorality. In a pedagogical approach, Terry Ball analyzes not only the “what” but also the “how” of Alma’s counsel in order to help identify important principles and methodology for effective teaching of this difficult subject. This analytical approach can be an engaging way to teach Alma 39 to students and help them internalize and find application for the chapter’s message.

“The Doctrine of the Resurrection as Taught in the Book of Mormon,” Robert J. Matthews, BYU Studies, Vol. 30, no. 3
The Book of Mormon adds to our understanding of the realities, purposes, and process of Christ’s resurrection. As Alma teaches his son Corianton, God’s mercy consists in giving people time to repent in preparation for the day of final judgement and resurrection.

“The State of the Soul between Death and the Resurrection,” Monte S. Lyman, The Book of Mormon: Alma, the Testimony of the Word
Alma 40:6-7, 11-14 teaches directly about the spirit world. This article analyzes these verses, looking at what we know about the spirit world, the situation of those who would not repent and how they may escape from spirit prison, and the condition of paradise.

“A New Meaning of ‘Restoration’: The Book of Mormon on Life after Death,” Richard O. Cowan, The Book of Mormon: Alma, the Testimony of the Word
God’s prophets have promised a restoration of all things. When we hear the term restoration, we typically think of the latter-day return of the church and the revelation of the gospel in its fulness. Book of Mormon prophets, however, use this term to teach that every individual will receive a temporal as well as a spiritual restoration, good for good, evil for evil.

“Alma’s Use of State in the Book of Mormon,” Philip A. Allred, Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon
In Alma’s counsel to Corianton, he speaks of a person’s state when they enter the presence of God at final judgment. Alma’s unique concentration of state, his tendency to reword with state, and his distinctive treatment of a shared topic involving state all point to him as a unique writer within the Book of Mormon.

“The Three Most Abominable Sins,” H. Dean Garrett, The Book of Mormon: Alma, the Testimony of the Word
Alma identified three abominable sins: denying the Holy Ghost, shedding innocent blood, and sexual sin. Before the Atonement can have full power in the lives of individuals who commit sexual sins, repentance must take place.