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THE BOOK OF ALMA

CHAPTER 39

Corianton, The Sexual Deviant
Alma begins his sermon to Corianton

LDS.org Cartoon Version - Chapter 30: Alma Counsels His Sons


39:1 And now, my son, I have somewhat more to say unto thee than what I said unto thy brother; for bbehold, have ye not observed the steadiness of thy brother, his faithfulness, and his diligence in keeping the commandments of God? Behold, has he not set a good example for thee? (39:1) I have somewhat more to say unto thee than what I said unto thy brother
Now Alma turned to his third son, Corianton. Turns out that Corianton needed the most work of all his sons, so he got the longest speech. Alma's advice to Corianton goes on for four chapters (39-42), but the meat of it is in Chapter 39.

Alma starts out by explaining that this speech is going to take a while because Corianton was so much worse than his older brother Shiblon. Corianton! When Alma says he's going to take a while, he usually means it. You had better go get some snacks.

(39:2-3) Thou didst forsake the ministry, and did go ... after the harlot Isabel.
Alma explains what he has against Corianton: he doesn't listen to Alma, and he brags all the time about his strength and wisdom. Also, he left the ministry and chased after the harlot Isabel in the land of Siron. Woah! Okay, this is getting interesting. Why haven't we heard any of this before?

39:2 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.
39:3 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.
39:4 yYea, 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.
39:5 Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yyea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost? (39:5) These things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord.
Don't you know that is practically the worst thing you could do, Corianton? The only worse things are denying the Holy Ghost and the shedding of innocent blood.
39:6 For bbehold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in you, and ye know that ye deny it, bbehold, this is a sin which is unpardonable; yyea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God, it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness; yyea, I say unto you, my son, that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness. (39:6) If ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once had place in you ... this is a sin which is unpardonable.
(A Mormon who loses faith will never be forgiven by God.)
39:7 And now, my son, I would to God that ye had not been guilty of so great a crime. I would not dwell upon your crimes, to harrow up your soul, if it were not for your good.
39:8 But bbehold, ye cannot hide your crimes from God; and except ye repent they will stand as a testimony against you at the last day.
39:9 Now my son, I would that ye should repent and forsake your sins, and go no more after pthe lusts of your eyes, but cross yourself in all these things; for except ye do this ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. Oh, remember, and take it upon you, and cross yourself in these things. (39:7-9) Go no more after the lusts of your eyes.
Look, son. I wouldn't bring up this embarrassing stuff unless I really had to. But I have to. So repent, because you can't hide your crimes from God, and if you don't repent you'll go to hell. And after you're done repenting, stop chasing after harlots.
39:10 And I command you to take it upon you to counsel with your elder brothers in your undertakings; for bbehold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers. And give heed to their counsel. (39:10) Counsel with your elder brothers.
And please, listen to the advice of your older brothers.
39:11 Suffer not yourself to be led away by any vain or foolish thing; suffer not the devil to lead away your heart again after those wicked harlots. 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. (39:11-14) Suffer not the devil to lead away your heart again after those wicked harlot.
And NO MORE HARLOTS, Corianton. No more. And don't be so greedy and vain.
39:12 And now the Spirit of the Lord doth say unto me: Command thy children to do good, lest they lead away the hearts of many people to destruction; therefore I command you, my son, in the fear of God, that ye refrain from your iniquities;
39:13 That ye 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.
39:14 Seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for bbehold, you cannot carry them with you.
39:15 And now, my son, I would say somewhat unto you concerning the coming of Christ. bBehold, I say unto you, that it is he that surely shall come to take away the sins of the world; yyea, he cometh to declare glad tidings of salvation unto his people. (39:15) And now, my son, I would say somewhat unto you concerning the coming of Christ.
Got that? Okay. Now let's talk about Jesus.
39:16 And now, my son, this was the ministry unto which ye were called, to declare these glad tidings unto this people to prepare their minds; or rather that salvation might come unto them, that they may prepare the minds of their children to hear the word at the time of his coming. (39:16) This was the ministry unto which ye were called,
I know that this is what you were teaching for years, but with all the whores and ouzo I thought you might have forgotten. So let me remind you. Jesus is coming. We don't know when, but he is coming.
39:17 And now I will ease your mind somewhat on this subject. bBehold, you marvel why these things should be known so long beforehand. bBehold, I say unto you, is not a soul at this time as precious unto God as a soul will be at the time of his coming? (39:17-19) And now I will ease your mind somewhat on this subject.
It might seem a little confusing why God would let us know so far ahead of time, but it actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it a little bit, son. See, everything is easy for God, and he wants us to know our plan of redemption so that we can be saved before we are saved, because otherwise who knows what might happen.
39:18 Is it not as necessary that the plan of redemption should be made known unto this people as well as unto their children?
39:19 Is it not as easy at this time for the Lord to send his angel to declare these glad tidings unto us as unto our children, or as after the time of his coming?

Behold [39:1(2), 6(2), 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17(2)]

Yea [39:4, 5, 6(2), 15)


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39:9) The lust of the eyes -- 1 John 2:16

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