I just read the September First Presidency message. President Uchtdorf wrote “General Conference- No Ordinary Blessing”. http://lds.org/ensign/2011/09/general-conference-no-ordinary-blessing?lang=eng
He made 3 distinct points:
1) Members of the Church are entitled to personal revelation as they listen to and study the inspired words spoken at general conference.
He invites us to ponder questions we need to have answered, and says that specific answers may come directly or indirectly from the talks we hear or read. We are entitled to personal revelation as we listen to the words.
2) Don't discount a message merely because it sounds familiar.
He says we learn by repetition, and that the Lord is teaching us certain foundational principles which must be understood before we can move on to other things. Personally, I always want the “new” and the “deeper” doctrines, so I better learn the foundational stuff so I can eventually move on.
3) The words spoken at general conference should be a compass that points the way for us during the coming months.(all his words, not mine)
So, the September Ensign message is to basically pay close attention to October conference. Look at it as a warning for things to come.