One of the things I find interesting is that despite the growth of the church some old - and possibly incorrect - ideas are very hard to overcome and are held onto by a core of the membership. Speaking to Ray's point above, I agree, church leaders have not taught that the Catholic Church is the great and abominable church for decades. Yet, I am sure I can find in my own ward at least a couple members who still believe that. I think we can find apostles who taught that idea as recently as the 1970s (I threw my copy of Mormon Doctrine away, but the first edition did say it according to FAIR). In 1975 there were about 3.5 million church members, and Spencer W. Kimball was an active president. Undoubtedly many of those members have passed away in the intervening years, but there are still many who were children and young adults at the time, some of who are active. It is safe to say the vast majority of current members have never been taught that the Catholic Church is the great and abominable - yet I can find members who not only believe it but would teach it. The same could be said for SSA and church leaders formerly teaching it was a choice and could be "fixed." Since this teaching was more recent, a higher percentage of members still hold to it. (My own mother-in-law, age 80, actually said it at the Thanksgiving dinner table, much to the horror of my adult/teen kids - but we were able to make a joke of it and laugh it off.)
I hear a message of simplicity and inclusion of late, and I like it. Nevertheless, I think it will be a long, long time (probably after I am dead) before the majority of the membership grasps these ideals.
Kind of on a related note, I think we heard a couple messages last conference about how the church really works at the highest levels. I think there is some realization that the "follow the prophet" mantra has been so over emphasized that some people are going to panic when the prophet is incapacitated. When Pres. Benson died in 1994 there were 9 million members, again, a sizable percentage of who have since passed. I believe a minority (although a large minority) of us remember what it was like under Benson and Kimball (and even fewer for McKay) while they were not able to perform their duties - it has been 20 years since it happened, even though it was once the general reality. The church does well when it sticks to the simplicity of the restored gospel.
In the absence of knowledge or faith there is always hope.
Once there was a gentile...who came before Hillel. He said "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."