I cannot predict what will come up in Conference, but I can tell you what I will attend hoping to hear. I am hoping to hear something from the Brethren about the importance of participating in national elections because I cannot see the point. I am hoping to hear something about the morality of attacking Iraq which was no threat to us nor to its neighbors. I am hoping for some guidance on the topics of US national sovereignty and illegal immigration. I would like to be reassured that there is no secret Gadianton Band running things in Washington, D.C. I am hoping to hear a strong denunciation of abortion and the sin of voting the pro-choice position. I would like to have the Church position cleared up on the philosophy behind so-called “victimless crimes.” I want to hear a reaffirmation of the Church committment to the Constitution and warnings about current threats to it. I would like to hear Joseph Fielding Smith and Bruce R. McConkie quoted as authority on doctrine and the scriptures, or at least something reassuring me that our leaders still believe the same things they did when those men were alive. I would like to hear another denunciation of those who are proud because of their money or learning and set themselves above the prophets. I would like to hear it reaffirmed that it is official Church doctrine that there really was a Lehi colony in ancient America and that the Book of Mormon is not merely an “inspired” fiction of purely 19th century origins. I would also like it cleared up whether the priesthood ban on blacks holding the priesthood before 1978 was God-made or man-made. And I don’t think it will happen, but I wish The Family: A Proclamation to the World would be added to our standard works with a sustaining vote of the Church membership in General Conference.
Bottom line: I would like to receive assurance that I am attending a Mormon religious meeting, and not just another traditional Christian meeting. I just hate it when I receive in General Conference only what I could have heard in any Protestant church before I joined the Church. I like my religion hard-core. That is why I became a Mormon. That is why I knew it was true. All the Jesus-loves-me-this-I-know-for-the-Bible-tells-me-so stuff I can get anywhere. I go to General Conference for the truth that goes beyond that.