“God is never hidden, yet sometimes we are, covered by a pavilion of motivations that draw us away from God and make him seem distant and inaccessible.”
As members of the Church, we often feel that although we are keeping the commandments, going to the temple, and praying regularly, we are not receiving answers from our Heavenly Father. We often wonder why God is withholding guidance from us. With all of his divine power and love, doesn’t he want to help us?
The answer is yes. President Henry B. Eyring addresses this question in “Where Is the Pavilion?” He discusses that it may feel like God is not responding to our questions and prayers when, really, it is our own efforts—or lack of them—that cause the block in communication.
Sometime we inadvertently hide ourselves from God, says President Eyring, by covering ourselves with “a pavilion of motivations that draw us away from God and make Him seem distant and inaccessible.”
President Eyring assures us that we all struggle with this understanding. He promises that as we seek humility, turning our will to the Father and putting aside our own will and desire, we can feel God’s presence even more in our lives. We will come to understand that God is close to us, that he loves us, and that he “never hides from his faithful children.” As we repent, we will know that God understands us, and we will come to recognize our own divine potential.
Read President Henry B. Eyring’s talk, “Where Is the Pavilion?”
—Camden Hardy-Harrison, Mormon Insights