King Benjamin taught his people that they should administer to the relief of others “both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants” (Mosiah 4:26). Alma gave the same commandment to the members of the newly organized church at the waters of Mormon (Mosiah 18:27-29).
What does it mean to administer relief spiritually? One example might be to help people overcome their worries so that they can focus on what is most important.
When Alma met with his son Corianton, he first commanded him to abandon his sins. Then, he began to explain gospel concepts which had troubled Corianton. He explained clearly that he wanted to help Corianton overcome those worries so that he could move forward:
- “I will ease your mind somewhat on this subject” (Alma 39:17).
- “I perceive that thy mind is worried concerning the resurrection of the dead” (Alma 40:1).
- “And I perceive that thy mind has been Alma 41:1). also concerning [the restoration]. But behold, I will explain it unto thee” (
- “And now, my son, I perceive there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind, which ye cannot understand—which is concerning the Alma 42:1). of God in the of the sinner” (
- “And now, my son, I desire that ye should let these things Alma 42:29). you no more, and only let your sins trouble you, with that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance” (
Corianton’s worries were holding him back. Alma recognized that and provided guidance and instruction to help Corianton move past those concerns and focus on the work he needed to do.
Today, I will pay attention to the worries of the people around me. I will recognize that an important part of my work may be to “ease [their] minds,” and help them overcome their worries so that they can move forward and be productive.