1 Nephi 20:10 quotes Isaiah 48:10: “I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”
The Lord often makes Mormon missionaries suffer, whether they’re the full-time missionary or the LDS member missionary type.
This suffering frequently comes in great measure before the missionary is chosen to render service.
Many are called, but few are chosen. The chosen are those who remain faithful in the midst of adversity and affliction.
Without the furnace of affliction – the burning intense heat of suffering, pain and grief – a human being cannot harden or crystallize into a completely unassailable force for good.
Like a piece of clay in a kiln versus one unheated on a shelf, you can achieve a far greater level of Gospel sharing success because of the things you suffer and endure than you ever would if you remained untested, unproven.
The roiling, unrelenting flames of affliction are your best friend if you want to become a truly incredible missionary.
Can you think of any examples from either the scriptures or your own life in which a person gained greater power to preach the good news of Jesus Christ or the Restoration of His Gospel by means of intense suffering?