And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their affliction.” (Mosiah 24:13)
“If we were honest, we would admit that we desire to become more Christlike by navigating life with little toil, few barriers, and only one or two difficulties. That is, we yearn to join our Prototype at the top of the hill without being required to climb upwards. But the scriptures affirm that those who inherit the highest heaven are those who ‘overcome by faith’ (D&C 76: 53). The wise know firsthand that the most enduring lessons in life come in the furnace of affliction. When we are stripped of pride and double-mindedness, when we are naked in our frightening finitude, when as mortals we find ourselves up against the wall of faith, then is the time we open ourselves to the strength that comes only from him who knows perfectly how to succor his people (D&C 62:1). Eventually we cry out with the apostle Paul: ‘Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my afirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me’ (2 Cor. 12:9).
When Ye Shall Receive These Things, p 198