The true doctrine of blood atonement is simple to explain --

3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be 
saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: 
first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, 
Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of 
hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

>From _Mormon Doctrine_ --

President Joseph Fielding Smith has written: "Man may commit certain 
grievous sins  according to his light and knowledge  that will place 
him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be 
saved, he must make sacrifice of his Own life to atone  so far as in 
his power lies  for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under 
certain circumstances will not avail. . . . Joseph Smith taught that 
there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will 
place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If 
these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse 
them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope 
is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their 
behalf" (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp. 133-138.) This doctrine can 
only be practiced in its fulness in a day when the civil and 
ecclesiastical laws are administered in the same hands. It was, for 
instance, practiced in the days of Moses, but it was not and could not 
be practiced in this dispensation, except that persons who understood 
its provisions could and did use their influence to get a form of 
capital punishment written into the laws of the various states of the 
union so that the blood of murderers could be shed.

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