Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, September 3

“Book of Mormon: Alma’s Words to Corianton Indicative of Alma’s Future Calling?” by grego

“Book of Mormon: Alma’s Words to Corianton Indicative of Alma’s Future Calling?”

(c) grego 2010

Alma finishes his sharing with Helaman like this:
Alma 37:47 And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live. Go unto this people and declare the word, and *be sober*. *My son, farewell.*

Alma finishes his sharing with Shiblon like this:
Alma 38:15 And may the Lord bless your soul, and receive you at the last day into his kingdom, to sit down in peace. Now go, my son, and teach the word unto this people. *Be sober.* *My son, farewell.*

Alma finishes his sharing with Corianton like this:
Alma 42:31 And now, O my son, ye are called of God to preach the word unto this people. And now, my son, go thy way, declare the word with truth and *soberness*, that thou mayest bring souls unto repentance, that the great plan of mercy may have claim upon them. And may God grant unto you even according to my words. Amen.

What’s different here? Alma leaves out “my son, farewell” when talking to Corianton. Why? Is this “just different”, or is it significant?

In my previous article “Book of Mormon: Five Prophets Disappear”, I wrote:
“The first of the five is Alma the younger:
Alma 45:18 And when Alma had done this he departed out of the land of Zarahemla, as if to go into the land of Melek. And it came to pass that *he was never heard of more; as to his death or burial we know not of*.
Alma 45:19 Behold, this we know, that he was a righteous man; and *the saying went abroad in the church that he was taken up by the Spirit, or buried by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses. But behold, the scriptures saith the Lord took Moses unto himself; and we suppose that he has also received Alma in the spirit, unto himself; therefore, for this cause we know nothing concerning his death and burial*.
Perhaps Alma got his wish to be an angel, after all. I’m sure he didn’t want to head into death with the Korihor event as the last biggie…”

So, where did Alma go, and what did he do? He had already said:
Alma 29:7 Why should I desire that I were an angel, that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth?
8 For behold, *the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have*; therefore we see that *the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true*.
9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

Yet, he is still taken up/ removed from the Nephites, similar to Moses’ experience. Where did he go, and to whom did he preach the gospel?

Is there a connection between Alma 29, Alma 45, and Alma 42:31?

What else is different between Corianton and his brothers?
Alma 63:4 And it came to pass that in the *thirty and seventh year of the reign of the judges, there was a large company of men, even to the amount of five thousand and four hundred men, with their wives and their children, departed out of the land of Zarahemla into the land which was northward.
5 And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward.
6 And behold, there were many of the Nephites who did enter therein and did sail forth with much provisions, and also many women and children; and they took their course northward. And thus ended the thirty and seventh year.
7 And in the thirty and eighth year, this man built other ships. And the first ship did also return, and many more people did enter into it; and they also took much provisions, and set out again to the land northward.
8 And it came to pass that they were never heard of more. And we suppose that they were drowned in the depths of the sea. And it came to pass that one other ship also did sail forth; and whither she did go we know not.
9 And it came to pass that in this year there were many people who went forth into the land northward. And thus ended the thirty and eighth year.
10 And it came to pass in the *thirty and ninth year of the reign of the judges, Shiblon died also, and Corianton had gone forth to the land northward in a ship, to carry forth provisions unto the people who had gone forth into that land.

I mentioned in my article “Book of Mormon Article | “Nephi and Jacob’s ‘Isles of the Sea’ Others versus Modern Prophets’ Hagoth and Polynesians: Time to Re-evaluate ‘Descendants of Hagoth’ and ‘Lehites’ (Like with Lamanites and the Priesthood Ban)?” by grego” (at https://bookofmormonnotes.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/book-of-mormon-article-nephi-and-jacobs-isles-of-the-sea-others-versus-hagoth-and-polynesians-by-grego/ ) that Jacob had alread taught that the house of Israel had been scattered over all the earth, especially the isles of the seas (see, for example, 1 Nephi 19:10-12, 1 Nephi 19:16, 1 Nephi 21:8, 1 Nephi 22:3-5, 2 Nephi 10:8, 2 Nephi 10:20-22, 2 Nephi 29:7).

So, here’s a thought: Alma was whisked away (though not necessarily translated to be an angel—at this time) to the land northward and commissioned to preach the gospel to the people there (Israelites/ of the House of Israel) and prepare them/ the land for the arrival of the Nephite branch, of which Corianton was a part. Unlike Helaman and Shiblon, Corianton would meet Alma again, which is why Alma did not say farewell to him.

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