Wilford Woodruff teaches Blood Atonement is for murder, and not adultery or apostasy.

Mar 9, 1891
Wilford Woodruff

Wilford Woodruff, "Official Refutation of Slander," The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 53, no. 10 (March 9, 1891): 147-8

The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star
Wilford Woodruff
The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star

It is a fundamental doctrine of our creed that a murderer cannot be forgiven; that he "hath not eternal life abiding in him;" that if a member of our Church, having received the light of the Holy Spirit, commits this capital crime, he will not receive forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come. The revelations of God to the Church abound in commandments forbidding us to shed blood. There are no people living who have a greater horror of this offense against the law of God and of man than the Latter-day Saints, commonly, but erroneously, called "Mormons." [. . . ] It is part of our faith that the only atonement a murderer can make for his "sin unto death" is the shedding of his own blood, according to the fiat of the Almighty after the flood: "Who sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." But the law must be executed by the lawfully appointed officer. This is "blood atonement" so much perverted by maligners of our faith. We believe also in the atonement wrought by the shedding of Christ's blood on Calvary; that it is efficacious for all the race of Adam for the sin committed by Adam, and for the individual sins of all who believe, repent, are baptized by one having authority, and who receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of authorized hands. Capital crime committed by such an enlightened person cannot be condoned by the Redeemer's blood. For him there is "no more sacrifice for sin;" his life is forfeit, and he only can pay the penalty. There is no other blood atonement taught, practiced, or made part of the creed of the Latter-day Saints. We do not believe, as stated by the pretended "Mormon," that "divulging the secrets of the Endowment House, marital unfaithfulness on the part of the wife, leaving the 'Mormon' Church," are unpardonable, or that "the only atonement that can be made for any of these offences is the atonement of blood." The statement that "this doctrine is part of our duty" is another proof that the writer is not a "Mormon," and that he does not understand, or else that he wilfully misrepresents, the faith which he pretends to explain.

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