I can remember sitting in the Orthodontists office, knowing what was about to happen to me. Pieces of metal were about to be glued onto my teeth. Oh how I dreaded that day. All I had heard about braces were how much they hurt and how you couldn't eat certain foods. Neither of those two things were making me very excited about getting my braces on.
It's true, the braces did hurt. Especially the first couple of days that they were on. Once I surpassed the first week, I could hardly feel that they were there. My teeth had been pushed and pulled into where they need to be. Then comes the next appointment and I went through it again. Little by little, my teeth became super straight and I was left with a dynamite smile.
This is how the Lord works with us. He puts strain on us, just like the braces do on teeth, and shapes us into what he wants us to become. Elder Richard G. Scott said, "When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion, which polish you for your everlasting benefit." The Lord can see our full potential and knows what we can become.
Being shaped into what the Lord wants isn't a walk in the park. We must be put into the refiners fire, so to speak, and be tested. Elder Scott continues, "To get from where you are to where [The Lord] wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain." We must be pushed and pulled, just like our teeth, to be able get where the Lord wants us. Yes, it will be hard at times, but once we see how dynamite our smile is, it'll be worth it. All we have to do is put our trust in the Lord, and he'll mold us into the best person we can be.