As much as we would like to intervene on behalf of a wayward family member to bring them around, it just doesn't work that way. The Lord has to intervene to affect that kind of change. Alma the Younger is a spectacular example of this. Here is a young man, brought around through divine intervention itself (which came as a result of parental and congregational prayer on his behalf). The young man turns himself around and is forever faithful afterward. So faithful, in fact, that it appears he may have been translated instead of buried (see verse 19). Hang onto hope and never give up on a wayward loved one.