How far would Brigham Young have to go to cause you to have a crisis of faith or weaken your testimony?
That is a question that crossed my mind as I read this report (hat tip to the Juvenile instructor). To summarize, a man who was a secretary for President Young had a falling out with the prophet, got excommunicated, and died under mysterious circumstances. And now his diary has been found. It is written in 19th century shorthand, and must be translated. Speculation as to what this diary might contain covers a wide spectrum. So if this diary contains a significant amount of dirt on Brigham Young, would this have an affect on your faith or testimony?
As I have considered this, I do not think any information would sway my testimony in the long term. Regardless of how bad the information might sound. This is due, In part, to my belief that church leaders are not infallible. These are people with weakness, and are capable of sin and error like any of us are.
So if this diary reveals some high level of scandal, I believe I would feel for Brigham Young similar to the way I feel about David from the Old Testament. A chosen man who may have committed some level of sin. Such hypothetical scandal might be an embarrassment to explain to others, but I would not anticipate a personal crisis of faith for myself. I do not worship church leaders.
So even if there is something disturbing in this diary, it does not change any of the anchors to my testimony. God still lives, Jesus is the Christ, the Book of Mormon is the word of God, the Priesthood has been restored, and there is a Plan of Salvation.