Back to Alma 36. This chapter uses chiasmus and at the very center is the Atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Compare the first verse with last verse, second with second to last, and so forth. Consider the following as a guide:
- v.1, 30 : Keep God's commandments and you will prosper.
- v.2, 28-29 : Remember the things God has done for us and our ancestors.
- v.3, 27 : Trust in God and you'll be lifted up at the last day.
- v.4-5, 26 : You must be born of God.
- v.6, 24-25 contrast of actions before and after rebirth
- v.7, 23 : loss and regain of strength
- v.8, 22 : angels are seen
- v.9-12, 20-21 : racked with eternal torment, experiences "exquisite and sweet joy"
- v.13, 19 : remembrance of pains of sin
- v.14-16, 18 : without the atonement there is no hope; with the atonement mercy is allowed
- v. 17 : Christ atoned for the sins of the world.
Alma provides a great example of how we can accept the atonement in our own lives, be born again, and receive the "exquisite and sweet joy" that comes with becoming a true follower of Christ.