1 Now my son, here is somewhat more I would say unto thee; for I perceive that thy mind is worried concerning the resurrection of the dead.
1 And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the restoration of which has been spoken; for behold, some have wrested the scriptures, and have gone far astray because of this thing. And I perceive that thy mind has been worried also concerning this thing. But behold, I will explain it unto thee.
1 And now, my son, I perceive there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind, which ye cannot understand—which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner; for ye do try to suppose that it is injustice that the sinner should be consigned to a state of misery.
2 Now behold, my son, I will explain this thing unto thee….
Alma’s son Corianton had committed a serious sin, which not only jeopardized his own salvation but which had influenced other people to reject his father’s message. The Spirit of the Lord prompted Alma to call Corianton to repentance, which he did, with clarity and with conviction. But then, Alma began to teach his son doctrine, and not just any doctrine. As illustrated by the verses above, Alma chose three doctrinal topics which were difficult for his son, and he discussed all three of them in order to calm the worry in his son’s mind.
I appreciate Alma’s example. He cared enough about his son that he not only identified improper behavior but also tried to address the root cause of that behavior: a poor understanding of some core doctrines of the gospel.
Today, as I consider the people I teach, I will ask myself the same question Alma asked himself: what is worrying the minds of my students, and what can I do to help them understand doctrine better in order to calm them and help them make wise decisions? I will pay attention to their concerns and their questions, and I will work to better understand the answers to those questions in order to help them move forward in their spiritual journey.