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"Our beloved Prophet Joseph did not lean on his own understanding. No, he went into the Sacred Grove to seek divine guidance. As I stood on the banks of the Susquehanna River some months ago, I could not help thinking of the visit that Joseph and Oliver made to the banks of that river when they needed divine guidance, and they could not lean on their own understanding. They went to that secluded place close to his home where they, too, knelt down on their knees and asked God to reveal his will unto them, and he sent a heavenly messenger, John the Baptist, to deliver his message. 'Lean not unto thine own understanding.'" — Thorpe B. Isaacson, "General Conference Reports," October 1956, p. 11

"Oh, the blessings that await you if you will only come and mingle with the Saints of the Church! Attend your sacrament meetings. It seems that our people need to be continually encouraged to attend their sacrament meetings. They should come to sacrament meetings in large numbers as often as possible. We should partake of the sacrament and renew our covenants with the Lord, so that during the following week we may be able to withstand those temptations with which we are confronted." - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1951, Morning Meeting p. 131

"Young people, do not lose your testimony. You may discover sometimes that you are in doubt. I think we all have. You may sometimes wonder if your testimony is waning, but let that be a signal to you, let that be the time that you come to one of your brethren, one of your friends; that is the signal for you quickly to associate yourself with the Church and become very active in the Church, that is the time that you must confide in God your Eternal Father." - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1952, Afternoon Meeting, p.66

"May this group here today, and those who listen on the radio and television, resolve to live better hereafter so that we can die better. May God bless every single one of you, that you may live as long as you want to live and as long as you ought to live. Remember, each day of life is so precious we must not let it carelessly slip away." - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1959, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.97

"Now there are men who feel that they have perhaps drawn so far away from the Lord that they can't pray. Sometimes we are careless in our praying, and yet we have been designated as being a praying people, and we want always to stay a praying people. I would like to encourage those men who are not as prayerful as they might be, that we should not consider prayer as a duty. We can consider prayer as a privilege. We can consider prayer as a blessing. We can consider prayer as a comfort." - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," April 1950, p.40

"'It is a full-time job to be decent'—to be decent to everybody all the time. To be decent is to cease bitterness jealousy, and hate, to refrain from gossip, refrain from backbiting, and from passing on untrue comments and unreliable stories about another, to be considerate, thoughtful, and sympathetic. After all, everyone that I know of already has a very heavy load to carry." - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," April 1959, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.65

"About the turn of the century one of America's most brilliant, prominent attorneys had an occasion to defend a helpless person, and he used this very beautiful allegory: 'When God decided to make man, he called the three angels who waited on his throneJustice, Truth, and Mercyand said: 'Shall we make Man?' Justice replied: 'Make him not, O God, for he will trample on thy laws.' Truth replied, 'Make him not O God, for he will pollute thy sanctuaries.' Mercy, kneeling, looked through her tears and said, 'Make him, O God, and I will watch over him all the days of his life.'" - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," April 1962, Afternoon Meeting, p.70

“I truthfully believe that there are one million members of this Church–at least those who are old enough and who realize the value of prayer–who are praying each day for the President of the Church, the prophet of the Lord, and for the General Authorities of the Church. We are so profoundly grateful to you for your prayers and your faith.” - Thorpe B. Isaacson, “Conference Report,” October 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p. 66

“A personal testimony after we have received it, I have learned, and I am grateful that I have learned it, needs to be constantly reinforced. We may have had some faith-promoting experience in our lives, and many of us have; we may have even witnessed a miracle, and some of us have. Someone has said our testimony may be a dynamic concept based upon evidence, proof, and revelation. It may have been acquired through study and prayer, but if our testimony ceases to grow, it may finally cease to be.” - Thorpe B. Isaacson, “Conference Report,” October 1952, Afternoon Meeting, p. 64

I bear testimony to you that God is our Father, that we can partake of his Spirit, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that the gospel is the greatest power in the earth. This testimony I bear to all men everywhere regardless of your station in life. I pray that you can understand the restoration of the gospel because if it is made a part of your life, and if you can realize it and accept it, that God still governs in the affairs of men--I bear testimony to you that if you will accept that, you will have more peace and comfort from this source than from any other source in the world. - Thorpe B. Isaacson, Conference Report, October 1963, Third Day Morning Meeting, p.99

Yes, it will be demanded that you rise to the occasion. Talents like minutes have no neutral qualities. When used to good advantage they produce ideas and results beneficial to yourself and mankind. When not used to good advantage, they produce something detrimental and life may be charged with surprise and shock. - Thorpe B. Isaacson, February 23, 1965, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1965, p. 5

I am grateful to be alive, and I promised the Lord that I would bear testimony of that power and that healing influence whenever I could have the strength to do so. I thank God, and I hope that you thank God just to be alive. If you feel that you are not quite prepared or ready for that change from life to death, let me urge you now—today—to change your life. Remember it only takes a few seconds to change from life unto death. Let me urge you to make the necessary adjustments in your life. Yes, make new resolutions. Turn back, if you have reason to believe that you are on the wrong road, turn back now. It isn't too late. - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1959, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.97

What price for peace? Power? "Power is never good except he be good that has it" The key to all our problems, to life itself, is God our Father. He is every man's first need. One writer has said: "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown," and one replied, "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God—that shall be better than a light and safer than a known way. - Thorpe B. Isaacson, "Conference Report," October 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p.67

Just a little poem on prayer:

I say a prayer each morning,
So the day will turn out right,
And when the sun has disappeared,
I tell the Lord good night.
The world looks brighter in the dawn
When I pronounce a prayer,
Because it reassures me
The Lord is really there,
And that I seem to walk with him
Each hour of the day,
While I am occupied with work
Or taking time to play.
I listen to his counsel
And find my courage strong,
Whenever I am weary
Or when anything goes wrong.
And when the day is over,
And the moon and stars are bright,
I feel the least that I can do
Is tell the Lord goodnight. - Author Unknown
Thorpe B. Isaacson, “Conference Report,” October 1948, First Day-Morning Meeting, p.20-21

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