Melanie Stroud

Episode 33 Alma 39–42 The Great Plan of Happiness

Alma 39–42

“The Great Plan of Happiness

”When someone we love has made a serious mistake, it can be hard to know how to respond. Part of what makes Alma 39–42 so valuable is that it reveals how Alma—a disciple of Christ who once had his own grievous sins to repent of—handled such a situation. Alma’s son Corianton had committed sexual sin, and Alma, as he often did, trusted the power of true doctrine to encourage repentance (see Alma 4:19; 31:5). In these chapters, we observe Alma’s boldness in condemning sin and his tenderness and love for Corianton. And ultimately, we sense Alma’s confidence that the Savior “shall come to take away [sins and] declare glad tidings of salvation” to those who repent (Alma 39:15). The fact that Corianton eventually returned to the work of the ministry (see Alma 49:30) can give us hope for forgiveness and redemption when we are “trouble[d]” (Alma 42:29) about our own sins or the sins of someone we love.”

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4 thoughts on “Episode 33 Alma 39–42 The Great Plan of Happiness”

  1. Dear Melanie:

    Thank you so much for speaking so boldly about compassion towards sexual abuse and sin. We have done a good job as a church teaching to the expectation to stay clean and pure throughout our lives but as you said, sometimes through others mistakes and depravity or through our own ignorance we make mistakes. And we have not been as clear about the love Jesus Christ has for the sinner and the absolute power He has to make us clean again.

    I was molested as a teenager and it messed me up for a long time. Secrets are Satan’s favorite way to control us because there is no one else to contradict the horrible things he says. He twists gospel truths to make those who are hurting spiritually feel that there is no way God could ever love them. I call it my wilderness moment–I probably spent 10 years in the wilderness wandering in shame, guilt, and feeling very alone. Thankfully, I started telling my story, as I felt safe, and as I was responded to with love and compassion I felt stronger and more able to work through these things that had weighed me down for a long time. I believed that God could forgive and I had hope that He would forgive me but I really struggled to believe that I was worth forgiving.

    I think times are changing and we are speaking more to youth about Jesus Christ and His power to heal and make us perfect through His Atoning sacrifice. A book, besides the Book of Mormon, that really helped me to allow Christ to heal me is Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson.

    Keep testifying. Even though I am in a really good place with myself and my Heavenly Father and my Jesus right now–the past still is tender. I know that I have been forgiven and I have a very special relationship with Jesus, because He is my Savior and Redeemer. Without Him I would be totally lost.

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience. I hope the right people hear the podcast and that it ends up helping someone… I, too, love Believing Christ by Stephen E Robinson. His analogies really helped me better understand the atonement as well. Jen Hatmaker’s no-nonsense
      and fun style also helped me fall in love with a very personal Jesus.

  2. This episode was so amazing! You did such a great job talking about a subject that is hard to talk about. I love the emphasis you put on the atonement. It gave me goosebumps! It’s so true that we are taught to stay pure and moral, but I agree it’s not talked about enough on the power of Jesus Christ in his ability to heal. We are only human and try as we might to stay on the right path, sometimes we really screw up. What a beautiful message that Jesus Christ loves me when I’m doing good, and he loves me when I’m not.

  3. Thank you so much for your podcasts! I just learned about you a few days ago from young friends who are moms, and who are loving your podcasts.
    I too am fascinated by the making of a cross done by our catholic friends. As you spoke, I was thinking that we can view our garment and the covenants we make as what goes between us the temptation. Yes, those covenants, symbols, are just a tweak on your thought of putting the Saviour between us and temptation. But a nice way to remember, and review our commitments.
    Have a great week.

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