So, I prepared by spending some time praying about how to and what to present as well as reading Prince, Kimball, Bush, O’Donovan, and past JI posts . I purchased a .pdf of Ed Kimball’s BYU Studies article and emailed a copy to each ward member, asking them to try and read through some of it before class (fat chance at 70+ pages during finals week, but two or three did get to it and really really liked it). I also sent out a power point presentation that a friend who taught this lesson had put together with relevant quotes and material. I went ahead and sent a copy to my former bishop whose dad had been, once upon a time, affiliated with Dialogue. He got back to me the same day I sent the article out and said that he had just spent “a joyous two hours” reading it.
As I formed my outline Saturday night, I determined that though I would spend a significant amount of time on the ban, ultimately, the lesson would need to focus on the events and the process leading up to the 1978 revelation.