Alma 36 is a powerful story of repentance and redemption, but why did Alma tell it to Helaman instead of Corianton, his son in most need of repentance? Scholars have found that Alma is also relating a prophetic call narrative, which conforms to the expectations of ancient Israel and pre-Columbian America. Thus, Alma related his own prophetic commission to his eldest son and successor as he simultaneously commissioned Helaman to his own prophetic call. Read at