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Chapter 30: Alma Counsels His Sons
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“Chapter 30: Alma Counsels His Sons,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 82–84

“Chapter 30,” Book of Mormon Stories, 82–84

Chapter 30

Alma Counsels His Sons

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Alma was unhappy because of how wicked the Nephites had become. He talked to each of his sons about living righteously.

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Alma told Helaman, his oldest son, to trust in God. He told him about the angel God had sent to tell Alma to stop destroying the Church.

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For three days Alma had suffered because of his guilt. Then he remembered his father’s teachings about Jesus, and he knew his sins could be forgiven.

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Alma prayed for forgiveness, and joy replaced the pain in his soul. He was forgiven because he had faith in Jesus Christ and had repented.

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Since then Alma had taught others the gospel so they could feel the same joy he had felt. God had blessed Alma because of his trust in God.

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Alma gave Helaman the sacred records and told him to continue writing the history of their people.

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Alma told him that if he kept the commandments, God would bless him and help him protect the records.

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Alma also told Helaman to pray every morning and night and to talk with God about everything he was doing so God could help guide him.

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Alma was happy with his son Shiblon, who had been a brave missionary to the Zoramites. Shiblon had remained faithful even when they had stoned him.

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Alma reminded Shiblon that the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ. Alma then encouraged his son to continue teaching the gospel.

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Alma’s son Corianton had not kept the commandments. He had not been a faithful missionary while teaching the Zoramites.

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Because of what Corianton had done, the Zoramites would not believe Alma’s teachings.

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Alma told Corianton that people cannot hide their sins from God and that Corianton needed to repent.

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Alma taught his son that everyone will be resurrected but only the righteous will live with God.

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This life is the time for people to repent and serve God, Alma said.

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Reminding Corianton that he had been called to be a missionary, Alma told him to return to the Zoramites and teach the people to repent.

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Alma and his sons continued teaching the gospel. They taught by the power of the priesthood.