Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What Was Corianton's Sin?


Our oldest son had the lesson in church a while back about Corianton. One of the students in the class asked what Corianton's sin was. Well, you can totally expect that question from a group of 10-year-old boys. The lesson specifically states, "Note: Do not teach the specific content of Alma 39:3-6. Simply summarize it by explaining that Corianton committed a very serious sin while on a mission among the Zoramites. If the children ask about the nature of Corianton's sin, suggest that they discuss it with their parents." So, the teacher followed the manual and told the children to go home and ask their parents. Of course, our oldest came home and asked......(see the lesson manual here)

K: "Mom, in the lesson today, Alma's son did something really bad, but the teacher told us we had to ask our parents what he did. What did he do?"
Me: "Well, let's read in the scriptures." We read from Alma 39:3-6: 
"And this is not all, my son. Thou didst do that which was grievous unto me; for thou didst forsake the ministry, and did go over into the land of Siron among the borders of the Lamanites, after the harlot Isabel. 

Yea, she did steal away the hearts of many; but this was no excuse for thee, my son. Thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted. 

Know ye not, my son, 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? 

For behold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in you, and ye know that ye deny it, behold, this is a sin which is unpardonable ; yea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God, it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness ; yea, I say unto you, my son,... "

 "Do you understand what any of that meant?"
K: "No."
Me: "A harlot is someone who has sex for money or other things. Corinaton was having sex when he wasn't married to this girl. The ministry also means he was on a mission."
K: "Oh, that's bad."
Me: "Why was that bad?"
K: "He shouldn't be having sex when he's not married."
Me: "You're right, but why shouldn't he be having sex if they aren't married?"
K: "Well, sex is good for a marriage. That's what God made sex for, right?"
Me: "Right, that's one of the reasons. Corianton was not doing what he was supposed to be doing, teaching the gospel as a missionary. Instead, he got caught up doing inappropriate things with a girl named Isabel in a place he shouldn't have been." What does that mean for you? What do you think this scripture is trying to teach you? You aren't on a mission right now. 
K: "I guess I should stay in places I'm supposed to be."
M: "Right, when you stay in good places, or places you are supposed to be, God will help strengthen you to do what's right."

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