Why does the Lord allow us to “burn our lives down” at times?

From 11/18/13:

Rec’d in email:

On Nov 17, 2013, at 10:38 PM
I have thought about sharing this with you a couple of times but felt more compelled to today as I sat in Sunday School that I should.  This is an exert from a talk from the general women’s meeting that was held the end of September.   The talk was given by Sister Reeves if you want to read the whole thing but she told about this temple and the spirit hit me very strongly that night how much this analogy applies to me and to you…..
“Sisters, I testify of the strength and power of prayer as we express our deepest pains and desires to our Heavenly Father and of the answers that are received as we “feast upon” the scriptures and the words of the living prophets.Almost three years ago a devastating fire gutted the interior of the beloved, historic tabernacle in Provo, Utah. Its loss was deemed a great tragedy by both the community and Church members. Many wondered, “Why did the Lord let this happen? Surely He could have prevented the fire or stopped its destruction.”

Ten months later, during the October 2011 general conference, there was an audible gasp when President Thomas S. Monson announced that the nearly destroyed tabernacle was to become a holy temple—a house of the Lord! Suddenly we could see what the Lord had always known! He didn’t cause the fire, but He allowed the fire to strip away the interior. He saw the tabernacle as a magnificent temple—a permanent home for making sacred, eternal covenants.

My dear sisters, the Lord allows us to be tried and tested, sometimes to our maximum capacity. We have seen the lives of loved ones—and maybe our own—figuratively burned to the ground and have wondered why a loving and caring Heavenly Father would allow such things to happen. But He does not leave us in the ashes; He stands with open arms, eagerly inviting us to come to Him. He is building our lives into magnificent temples where His Spirit can dwell eternally.”
In Doctrine and Covenants 58:3–4, the Lord tells us:
“Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.
“For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory.”

My response:
I love the story.  I’m really glad you shared it … i definitely fits my experience.  I was just thinking last night as I drifted to sleep that so many thoughts I used to have, simply no longer “fit” the being I am, and am becoming.  The change within is profound just as the change in the Tabernacle.  The part of the analogy that hits home is the fire itself – the Lord promises those who come to him with broken hearts and contrite spirits, who repent and are baptized – that He WILL baptize them with fire and the Holy Ghost.  Fire in this sense, just as in the literal sense of the Tabernacle, is a purging agent.  The Holy Ghost is the sanctifying and cleansing agent of the ashes.  Fire is used to purge the old us, the impurities.  It is generally a painful process, but because the outcome is so exquisite, the pain is swallowed up in our Savior and we are permitted to feel the joy of the cleanse beyond the hurt of the pain.

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