He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Psalms 147:3

We are called to go through much hardship in this life. That is simply a required part of this life. Just like the process to get dross out of gold, we each need to be refined by fire. Our imperfections are our dross, and that needs to be cleaned away for us to become perfect. The fires of life come in many varieties. Personal injuries, lost loved ones, unrealized dreams, and painful realizations about ourselves are all types of fire that purify us. They make us dig deeper inside ourselves to find the strength to become better.

Heavenly Father knew that we would be called to go through these experiences. He knew that we would make mistakes. He knew how much we would cry out for help in our darkest moments and how badly that help would be needed. He provided a way for us to recover from all of the harmful effects of these experiences. He provided us with a Savior, who has performed an Atonement for us. Through this Atonement, Christ has the ability to wash away the stains of our sins and mistakes. He has the power to sooth the injured soul and help us find peace and happiness in the most extreme circumstances. He has the power to sooth the pains that are caused by others’ mistakes and sins.

We do have to chose to use this power. Like many blessings, this is a power that we have to bring into our own lives through obedience and repentance. If we are doing something wrong, we need to repent and start living in accordance with the commandments of God. Then the Atonement will come in and clean us completely. If we are struggling to do this, the Atonement can give us the strength to do so, if we are really trying our hardest. It may not be an easy power to tap into sometimes, but its effect on our lives is unmeasurable.

If you are going through difficult times, no matter what the cause, reach out to your Savior. He will embrace you in His love. Keep moving forward. Trust in Him, and listen to the guidance He sends your way. He knows what is best for you, and what dross needs to be removed from your life. He will lead you through the refining fires, but He will give you the strength to endure them. Trust that He is leading you through what will bring to you the happiness that we are all striving for. Trust in what He has said:

For behold, this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

Moses 1:39