Chapter 30: Alma Counsels His Sons

Book of Mormon Stories, (1997), 82–84

Alma speaking to sons

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

angel with Alma and sons of Mosiah

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.

Alma suffering on bed

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.


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.

Alma teaching

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.

Alma giving Helaman records

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

Alma talking to Helaman

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

Alma and Helaman

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.


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.

Alma and Shiblon

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


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


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

Alma and Corianton

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


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

Alma and Corianton

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

Alma giving Corianton scriptures

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.

Alma and his sons teaching

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