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30. "The Great Plan of Happiness"

Alma teaches Corianton all about life after death in chapters 40-42. He lectures on death, resurrection, and the spirit world.

"The Doctrine of the Resurrection as Taught in the Book of Mormon," Robert J. Matthews, BYU Studies, Volume 30, no. 3

The Book of Mormon adds an enormous amount to our understanding of the realities, purposes, and process of the resurrection. It is one of the greatest gifts of God to all mankind. And 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.

"Textual Similarities in the Words of Abinadi and Alma's Counsel to Corianton," John Hilton III, in BYU Studies Quarterly 51, no. 2

John Hilton examines textual similarities between two texts found in the Book of Mormon: the words of Abinadi in Mosiah 12–17 and the words of Alma the Younger in Alma 39–42. Hilton used both human-based and computer-based techniques to search for textual matches.

Chart 74: "The Ways of Life and Death: Alma the Younger's Explanation to Corianton," Charting the Book of Mormon

Alma the Younger discussed the ways of life and death in both public sermons and private instructions. This chart provides visual representation for the results of the final judgement.

Chart 54: "Key Doctrinal Chapters: Mosiah-Alma," Charting the Book of Mormon

Part of the large plates of Nephi, the books of Mosiah and Alma contain many chapters rich in doctrinal significance. As in the small plates of Nephi, the atonement of Jesus Christ is the center of doctrine in this material, with service, humility, covenants, and government forming important parts of the supporting discussion.

"The State of the Soul between Death and the Resurrection," Monte S. Lyman, in The Book of Mormon: Alma, the Testimony of the Word

There are six verses in Alma 40 that teach directly about the spirit world. This article analyzes these verses, attempting to answer any questions that may have arisen from them.

"A New Meaning of 'Restoration': The Book of Mormon on Life after Death," Richard O. Cowan, in 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, sue this term in a rather different sense. They teach that every individual will receive a temporal as well as a spiritual restoration, good for good, evil for evil.

"A Comparison of Book of Mormon, Bible, and Traditional Teachings on the Doctrines of Salvation," Joseph Fielding McConkie, in The Book of Mormon: The Keystone Scripture

This paper will compare the teachings of the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and Christian tradition on doctrines essential to salvation. It will contrast the completeness and clarity with which these doctrines are taught in the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph.

"A Nephite's Commandments to His Sons - III. Corianton, II. - Concluded," B. H. Roberts, in Improvement Era 3, no. 11

B. H. Roberts provides a turn of the century perspective on the powerful teachings found in Alma 39-42. He examines and discusses the doctrine of resurrection and restoration found within these rich chapters.

"The World of Spirits," George Q. Cannon, in The Juvenile Instructor 26, no. 2

George Q. Cannon provides a nineteenth century perspective on Alma's counsel to Corianton. This two-page piece consists of Cannon's editorial thoughts on Alma 40:11-12

"Alma's Use of State in the Book of Mormon," Philip A. Allred, in 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. 

"I Have a Question: What is the meaning of the Book of Mormon scriptures on eternal hell for the wicked?," H. Donl Peterson, Ensign

The Book of Mormon contains many teachings about final judgment and the fate of the wicked. Alma 39-42 in particular provides many doctrinal gems for readers on the nature of final judgment. H. Donl Peterson disucsses the interpretation of these scriptures to help readers understand God's plan for his children.

"Notes and Communications: Alma's Use of State in the Book of Mormon: Evidence of Multiple Authorship," Philip A. Allred, in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 1

Alma’s distinctive use of the word state in the Book of Mormon is present in his unique concentration of state, his tendency to reword with state, and his treatment of a shared topic involving state.