“Home-Study Lesson: Alma 39–44 (Unit 20)” 2017 Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2017)
“Unit 20,” 2017 BoM Seminary Teacher Manual
As recorded in Alma 39–42, Alma helped his son Corianton understand the seriousness of sexual sin, doctrines related to resurrection and the Final Judgment, and the eternal consequences of the laws of justice and mercy. This lesson will provide students with opportunities to teach and explain these doctrines to each other.
Begin class by inviting students to recite together Alma 39:9, a scripture mastery passage they were encouraged to memorize as part of their study this week. Ask if someone can remind the class why Alma counseled his son Corianton to repent and forsake his sins in this verse.
Remind students that in Alma 40–41, Alma also addressed Corianton’s concerns about the resurrection of the dead and the Final Judgment. To help students explain what they learned and share their feelings and testimonies about the truths found in Alma 39–41, write the following questions and scripture references on the board before class begins:
If your class size allows, divide the class into pairs that represent missionary companionships. Assign each companionship one of the questions from the board. (If your class size is smaller, you could assign the questions to individual students.)
As students prepare, you may want to move among the students so you can listen and give help as needed. If needed, help students identify doctrines from Alma 39–41 that help answer the questions they have been assigned. Use the following doctrines as a guide:
Sexual sin is an abomination in the sight of the Lord (see Alma 39:1–9).
Resurrection is the reuniting of the spirit and the body, with all things restored to their proper and perfect frame (see Alma 40:21–26).
We will be restored to either happiness or misery according to our works and desires in mortality (see Alma 41:1–7).
Wickedness never was happiness (see Alma 41:10–15).
After students have prepared to answer their assigned questions, place them in small groups so they can teach each other. (If your class is small, have each student or companionship teach the entire class.) After students have finished teaching one another, ask the class the following questions:
As you consider Corianton’s sins, why do you think understanding these doctrines would be helpful to him?
Why would it be important to be able to explain these truths to those you will associate with in your life?
Why is it important that you understand and live by these truths?
Draw a simple set of scales on the board. Invite a student to teach the concepts of justice and mercy to the class using the illustration and what he or she learned from Alma’s instructions to Corianton in Alma 42. Invite students to turn to Alma 42 in their scriptures and look for phrases and statements about justice and mercy that they marked or underlined.
To help students understand the conditions upon which mercy is available, ask the following questions:
What did Jesus Christ have to do in order for mercy to be available to us?
What must we do to receive mercy?
Invite a few students to share why they are grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
If time remains, consider asking students to review what they learned from Alma 43–44 by sharing what they wrote in their study journals about fighting their spiritual battles (day 4, assignments 3 and 4). Testify of Jesus Christ and His power to extend mercy as we repent and to protect us as we come unto Him.
Ask students: Why were the Nephites so successful against their enemies? How were they able to fight with the strength of the Lord? Explain that they will find answers to these questions as they study the examples of Captain Moroni and Helaman and his stripling warriors during the next week.