15 And now, my son, I would say somewhat unto you concerning the coming of Christ. Behold, I say unto you, that it is he that surely shall come to take away the sins of the world; yea, he cometh to declare glad tidings of salvation unto his people.
After Alma had spoken to Helaman and Shiblon, he spoke to his son Corianton. Corianton had left the ministry and committed sins. Not only did Corianton do things that were wrong, his example was making it difficult for people to believe the gospel message. Alma lovingly but boldly taught his son that his actions were seriously wrong, but explained that Christ would come to take away the sins of the world. If Corianton would willingly repent, his sins could be forgiven.
Corianton had many questions about resurrection and the afterlife. Alma explains that everyone will be resurrected, but there is a time between death and resurrection. Those who are righteous enter into a state of happiness, and those who are wicked will enter into a state of misery. At the time of resurrection, we will all be judged according to our works.
Heavenly Father gives us commandments to help us be happy. There are consequences if we sin. Because of the mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ, if we repent our sins can be forgiven and we can enjoy eternal happiness.
“The words written so many centuries ago by a Book of Mormon prophet are especially relevant for our day: ‘Wickedness never was happiness.’ May we recognize Satan’s deceptions for what they are. May we withstand and see through the lies and influences of the one who seeks to destroy our souls and steal from us our present joy and future glory. My dear brothers and sisters, we must continue to be faithful and vigilant, for so is the only way to discern truth and to hear the voice of the Lord through His servants.” Gary E. Stevenson
How can our sins hurt others? (Discuss ideas.)
Because of Jesus Christ, what can we do if we sin? (Repent.)
Will everyone be resurrected? (Yes.)
What will happen to the righteous when they die? (They will enter into a state of happiness.)
What will happen to the wicked who don’t repent? (They will be in a state of misery.)
How do Heavenly Father’s commandments help us? (Discuss ideas.)
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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