“Furnace of Affliction”
1 Nephi 20:10
10 For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
President Dallin H. Oaks said:
“Most of us experience some measure of what the scriptures call ‘the furnace of affliction’ (Isaiah 48:10; 1 Nephi 20:10). Some are submerged in service to a disadvantaged family member. Others suffer the death of a loved one or the loss or postponement of a righteous goal like marriage or childbearing. Still others struggle with personal impairments or with feelings of rejection, inadequacy, or depression. Through the justice and mercy of a loving Father in Heaven, the refinement and sanctification possible through such experiences can help us achieve what God desires us to become.”
(“The Challenge to Become,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 33–34.)