The first link contains the following quotation:
Susan Arrington Madsen said a general authority asked her to remove about 40 entries her father had made in his diary. Many of them referred to things Arrington had learned — or at least heard — about men who potentially could become church president.
For example, a now-deceased apostle used to smoke cigars earlier in his life when he was an inactive Mormon.
I was kind of stunned by that last line. We’re really missing a bet when we try to sweep something like this under the rug. Why is it a bad thing that an apostle used to smoke cigars? James Talmage did, and the world hasn’t ended. Wouldn’t allowing a story like that to circulate let the weakest among us realize that we all have our problems, and if a guy who used to smoke could become an apostle, then maybe we should go ahead and go to church, too? Have we learned nothing from the love and affection the Saints have for J. Golden Kimball even to this very day?
Instead of trying to censor this story, the Church ought to have a special article on it in The Ensign and trumpet it from the housetops.
[Update: An apostle later reviewed the passages the first GA wanted to redact and had no problem with them. So those passages were not actually censored. This post is about the, to me, inexplicable impulse of the first GA to hide what strikes me as a truly inspiring story.]