I generally expect one talk that will knock my socks off, two or three that will become important to me once the Ensign comes out, one or two that I will find silly for some reason or another (pickle analogy, I’m looking at you), several that don’t interest me terribly much but that will seem relatable when I read them later in the year in the Ensign.
I expect to feel the Spirit. I think this comes from participation in a worldwide ritual wherein millions gather to seek the divine and its application in their lives. I think this comes from hearing the counsel and concerns of men I have chosen to follow and whom I believe are conversant with the counsel and concerns of God. I think this comes from thinking more about the meaning of my life than is typical for me (even at my navel-gazing best).
I expect no actual surprises. When President Hinckley was first called, there was always some dramatic announcement (another temple, the Perpetual Education Fund, and so forth). I got to expecting something new and exciting every conference. I don’t see this happening with President Monson (who doesn’t seem to me to have President Hinckley’s love of the limelight nor his flair for the dramatic). I am happy to be proven wrong in this instance.
I expect to be with my family, to listen to the words of the prophets, to decide that I need to change my life, and, hopefully, to actually do something about it this time.
What do you expect from General Conference?