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Corianton's sin disgraced father, other companions

Alma and two of his sons, Shiblon and Corianton, went on a mission to the apostate Zoramites.

Shiblom "was a just man, and he did walk uprightly before God, and he did observe to do good continually, to keep the commandments of the Lord his God." (Alma 63:2.)Corianton abandoned his missionary duties for a harlot, Isabel. In Commentary on the Book of Mormon, George Reynolds and Janne M. Sjodahl wrote: "Corianton not only erred, but boasted in doing so. In the strength of his youth he went about exaggerating his prowess, and sought to impress others with his wisdom.

"Corianton's infidelity not only brought infamy upon himself, but also public disgrace upon his father and other missionary companions. The Zoramites . . . were quick to grasp any and every reason to excuse their own actions. They seized upon Corianton's illicit relations with a prostitute as a ground on which to disclaim and deny his father's words. . . .

"The enormity of Corianton's moral offense was pictured to him by his father who spared no words in impressing upon his youthful mind the extent in which he had been misguided. Know ye not,' Alma said,that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost?'" (Alma 39:5.)

The commentators further wrote: "A father's love for his children, even though the child concerned was at the present time wayward and loathe to take instruction, or prone not to accept wisdom . . . [is] very deeply to be seen in this dialogue between the father, Alma, and his son, Corianton.

"There is no doubt that as Alma understood and realized the import of God's laws, and that they could not be broken with impunity, his sensibilities regarding any infraction of them were keen, and this feelings most poignant."

Alma told Corianton, "I would to God that ye had not been guilty of so great a crime. . . . But behold, ye cannot hide your crimes from God; and except ye repent they will stand as a testimony against you at the last day." (Alma 39:7-8.)