As a kid growing up on the Wasatch Front, I figured that the Second Coming was just around the corner. I remember being Primary age and thinking that I would not have to worry about post-mission plans — the world would be over by then anyway.
I’m not sure where I picked it up, but maybe you’ve also heard the irrefutable scientific basis for this thinking: From Adam to Christ was 4000 years, so the year 2000 AD would be the end of the sixth thousand years, and beginning of the seventh thousand years. Since a thousand years to man is one day to God, the thousand year Sabbath of the millennium would be here on January 1, 2000; or April 6, 2000, at the latest. QED.
I also recall a general sense (at least general among us primary kids) that we would all be walking to Missouri when the millennium began (hopefully in April, not January). There were half-serious, half-kidding warnings about having some broken-in hiking boots at the ready just in case. Another memory from this time is a book called _Prophecy_, by Duane Crowther (now out of print, apparently) that I kept on my bookshelf next to my Roald Dahl. As I recall, I liked it because the inside front and back cover had a detailed schematic of exactly when and where everything would happen during the millennium.
Now I haven’t been too involved in Primary recently, but it seems to me that Church culture generally is less intently focused on an imminent Second Coming than it was 20 years ago, even though it is, of course, closer now than it has ever been. Is that perception accurate? It could be that there always an undue emphasis on the spectacular among the Garanimal set, and maybe that explains it. But if there actually has been less talk about an imminent Second Coming, how do we account for it?