Now Nephi was a Prophet of the lord, he is a great man and when he starts he feels to tell the reader that he experiences many sore afflictions in his days, yet he was highly favored of the lord. How Often do we feel favored of the lord when we are in the midst of trials and afflictions? I will admit there are times when i don't feel so Favored, but i have learned i am wrong in this belief. The lord give those whom he favors trials, not only because they can handle it but it is his way of preparing each of us for great blessings.
Another great way to explain this is to give you an example in real life. A potter like Christ knows how to work with his desired medium. A potter works with clay and in order to add, say, a handle to a cup the original clay must be scored.( scored=ruffed up) This is done in order to make the new attachment stay attached, with out scoring the handle would not last. Christ will also score us at times, this is not because he doesn't love us, or because we aren't highly favored but it is because he knows that in order for new blessings to stick he has to go through the necessary steps.
Next time you are in the mists of Sore afflictions remember that you are being prepared for great blessings to come. Our view is limited now but if we set our course on our Savior Jesuc Christ we will not be led astray. I know the Book of Mormon is another testiment of Jesus Christ, and that Christ loves each of you and your trials are meant to make you stronger and to prepare you for great blessings!