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Lesson 24: Alma Counsels his son Corianton

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Lesson 24: Alma Counsels his son Corianton
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Purpose
To help the children understand that there
are good and bad consequences depending
on our choices.
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Our Opening Prayer will be given by:
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Imagine that you are alone on a raft in the middle of the
ocean.
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You discover that you must lighten your load because the raft
is riding low in the water.
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You must throw overboard
all but two items of their
supplies.
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From the following list,
choose the two items they
will keep:
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Life jacket
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Two-way radio
First aid kit
Chest filled with gold
Fishing pole, fishing tackle, and bait
Case of one dozen bottles
of fresh water
Box of emergency flares
Large can of shark
repellent
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Why did you pick those two items?
Your choices poise a dilemma.
Making a choice would be difficult because you would not know what
would happen in the future:
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You may sink and need the life jacket
You may become thirsty and need the water to drink
You may become hungry and need the fishing pole
You may encounter sharks and
need the repellent
You may need the radio to seek
help
You may get hurt and need the
first-aid kit
You may need the flares for a
nighttime rescue
Or you may even get rescued
in the next few hours and wish
they had kept the treasure.
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In Life we have many difficult choices to make
Heavenly Father has given us commandments to help us
This lesson is about making choices.
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This weeks lesson is a continuation of Alma working
with his sons.
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This week is about Alma’s Third son which was
shown in the video from last week.
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To help refresh you memory, we will show that video
again.
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Show the video
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What kind of example had Corianton’s brother set for
him? (Alma 39:1.)
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Whom do you
look to for a
righteous
example?
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What
righteous
choices have
they made?
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Why did Alma say he was unhappy with Corianton?
(Alma 39:2.)
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What does it mean that Corianton did not give heed
to his father’s words?
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Corianton did not obey Alma.
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Why do we need to obey our parents?
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What does it mean to boast?
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To brag or put ourselves above others.
Why is it wrong to boast?
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Why did Alma say he
was reminding
Corianton of his sins?
(Alma 39:7–9)
To “cross yourself in all
these things” [verse 9]
means to turn away
from these evils.
Who knows of all our sins? (Alma 39:8.)
How can feelings of guilt lead a person to repent?
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Who did Alma say could
give Corianton good
advice in making
choices? (Alma 39:10.)
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How have your parents
and family helped you
make right decisions?
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From what other sources can you receive righteous counsel?
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How did Corianton’s unrighteous actions affect the Zoramites?
(Alma 39:11)
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What ways may our choices affect others?
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What are some of the choices you have to make?
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How might the Holy Ghost help you know you have made a
good decision?
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Would any of you like to share experiences when the Holy
Ghost has helped you make decisions?
How might the Holy Ghost help you know when you are doing
something wrong?
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What did Alma teach Corianton about repentance?
(Alma 39:13.)
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What do you think it means to “turn to the Lord
with all your mind, might, and strength”?
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Why should we apologize to those whom we have
hurt by our wrong choices?
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What was Alma’s counsel about seeking riches?
(Alma 39:14.)
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What happens to people when riches become the
most important things in their lives?
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What did Alma teach Corianton about the mission of
Jesus Christ? (Alma 39:15.)
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What was Corianton supposed to teach about?
(Alma 39:16.)
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What can we do to share the gospel with those
around us?
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We all have choices to make in Life.
The consequences of our choices can affect other
people.
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What is the Word of Wisdom?
Do we have to obey the word of Wisdom?
Why is it called the Word of Wisdom?
You can find the Word of Wisdom in D&C 89.
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The Word of Wisdom was given by revelation
showing the will of God in our temporal salvation.
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Summarizing D&C 89, it says in part:
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We should not drinking alcoholic beverages.
We should not use tobacco. (smoking or chewing)
We should not drink Coffee or Tea.
We should eat what we need to sustain our bodies
And Eat Meats sparingly
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What kind of choice do you think Jesus would want
you to make with the following, and consider the
consequences for the choices you make:
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The language they use
Keeping the Sabbath day holy
The clothes they wear
Obeying their parents
The music they listen to
Stealing
The movies, videos, and television shows they watch
Telling the truth
The books and magazines they read
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President Spencer W. Kimball had a decision to make
in this story.
“I made up my mind while still a little boy that I would
never break the Word of Wisdom. … I knew that when
the Lord said it, it was pleasing unto him for men to
abstain from all these destructive elements and that the
thing I wanted to do was to please my Heavenly Father.
And so I made up my mind firmly and solidly that I would
never touch those harmful things. Having made up my
mind fully and unequivocally, I found it not too difficult
to keep the promise to myself and to my Heavenly
Father” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1974, p. 127; or
Ensign, May 1974, p. 88).
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What choice did President Spencer W. Kimball make
when he was young?
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Once he made up his mind, do you think it was hard
for him to follow the Word of Wisdom?
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Do you obey the Word of Wisdom?
Is it hard for you?
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I want to testify to you, that deciding to follow
Jesus Christ will lead to making righteous choices
and that this is the only way to find true happiness.
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By obeying the Word of Wisdom as well as the rest
of the commandments your lives will be happy and
blessed.
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Our closing prayer will be offered by:
THE END
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* Alma 39:1
1 AND now, my ason, I have somewhat more to say unto
thee than what I said unto thy brother; for behold,
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
bexample for thee?
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* Alma 39:2
2 For thou didst not give so much heed unto my words
as did thy brother, among the people of the
aZoramites. Now this is what I have against thee; thou
didst go on unto boasting in thy strength and thy
wisdom.
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* Alma 39:7–9
7 And now, my son, I would to God that ye had not
been aguilty of so great a crime. I would not dwell
upon your crimes, to harrow up your soul, if it were
not for your good.
8 But behold, ye cannot ahide your crimes from God;
and except ye repent they will stand as a testimony
against you at the last day.
9 Now my son, I would that ye should repent and
forsake your sins, and go no more after the alusts of
your eyes, but bcross 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
ccross yourself in these things.
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* Alma 39:8
8 But behold, ye cannot ahide your crimes from God;
and except ye repent they will stand as a testimony
against you at the last day.
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* Alma 39:10
10 And I command you to take it upon you to counsel
with your elder brothers in your undertakings; for
behold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to
be nourished by your brothers. And give heed to their
counsel.
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* Alma 39:11
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 ainiquity ye brought upon the
bZoramites; for when they saw your cconduct they
would not believe in my words.
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* Alma 39:13
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
aacknowledge your faults and that wrong which ye
have done.
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* Alma 39:14
14 aSeek not after riches nor the vain things of this
world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you.
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* Alma 39:15
15 And now, my son, I would say somewhat unto you
concerning the acoming 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.
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* Alma 39:16
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 achildren to hear the word at the time
of his coming.
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1 A aWORD OF WISDOM, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in
Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—
2 To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and
the aword of wisdom, showing forth the order and bwill of God in the temporal
salvation of all saints in the last days—
3 Given for a principle with apromise, adapted to the capacity of the bweak and
the weakest of all csaints, who are or can be called saints.
4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of aevils and designs
which do and will exist in the hearts of bconspiring men in the last days, I have
cwarned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by
revelation—
5 That inasmuch as any man adrinketh bwine or strong drink among you, behold it
is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves
together to offer up your sacraments before him.
6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, apure wine of the grape of the vine, of
your own make.
7 And, again, astrong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your
bodies. them. Amen.
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8 And again, tobacco is not for the abody, neither for the belly, and is not good for
man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and
skill.
9 And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.
10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome aherbs God hath ordained for the
constitution, nature, and use of man—
11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all
these to be used with aprudence and bthanksgiving.
12 Yea, aflesh also of bbeasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained
for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used csparingly;
13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be aused, only in times of winter,
or of cold, or bfamine.
14 All agrain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life,
not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all
wild animals that run or creep on the earth; not slay them. Amen.
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15 And athese hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and
excess of hunger.
16 All grain is good for the afood of man; as also the bfruit of the vine; that which
yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and
rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all
useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in
obedience to the commandments, ashall receive bhealth in their navel and marrow
to their bones;
19 And shall afind bwisdom and great ctreasures of dknowledge, even hidden
treasures;
20 And shall arun and not be bweary, and shall walk and not faint.
21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the adestroying angel shall bpass
by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.
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