In conversations about the temple, particularly first temple experiences, at least one person mentions how awkward or strange they found their first temple experience to be.
I have been thinking about this as I have been studying the temple covenants and rituals in the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament. As I read the words of the scriptures my mind turned back to my first temple experience. I didn't understand everything - I still don't - but I remember having a fierce testimony of the importance of the temple before I even went for the first time. I knew that whatever was going to happen in the temple was going to be what needed to happen, and that I would certainly learn things - which is what I always expected I would do in the temple - learn new things.
So I think that there are two keys to a good first temple experience:
1.) A strong foundational testimony of the importance of the temple
2.) A strong desire to learn something new every day, an open mind, an attitude that if something seems strange it's probably because you don't understand it completely.
What do you think are the important aspects of preparing for a good first experience in the temple?