As a new member and as a missionary, I usually sat near the back of the chapel. I wanted to observe what the other members were doing.
As newlyweds, my wife and I usually sat on the side of the chapel, about halfway back. This location provides good sightlines to the pulpit, and if you position yourself against the wall, you avoid having other members surprise you from behind before the meeting.
That lasted until we had twins, when we moved to the front pew on the side opposite the sacrament table. That location allowed ample floor space for our two babies in car seats.
As our children grew, we moved to the center of the chapel, second row (but the first occupied row). Our family was able to focus on the meeting more effectively when we weren’t required to look through the congregation.
Most of the location changes described above occurred when we transitioned to a new ward. Have you ever tried to change your seat location, once established in a ward?
When I am traveling and I visit wards, I usually sit in the back, near the edge. (Unless it’s one of those wards where you have to arrive really early to get those seats.) I am trying to be unobtrusive, to avoid penetrating the ward membrane.
Where do you sit in sacrament meeting? And what does it say about you?