I love 1 Nephi 20: 10:
"For behold I have refined thee; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction."
I love the imagery. I liked myself before my mission, but I'm a different person now. I've been refined by fire. I'm a different shape. It doesn't necessarily mean that I'm better or worse...just different. It may not be what I want, but it's what Heavenly Father wants and needs me to be. I've started to accept that. I really feel like I needed to be here in order to realize that."