Joseph F. Smith declares that some sins place one beyond the blood of Christ, and require one's blood to be shed so far as possible.

Joseph F. Smith

Joseph F. Smith, Jr. and Richard C. Evans, Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage: A Discussion (Independence, MO: Zion's Printing and Publishing Company, 1905), 47.

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The Doctrine of Blood Atonement

Just a word or two now, on the subject of blood atonement. What is that doctrine? Unadulterated if you please, laying aside the pernicious insinuations and lying charges that have so often been made. It is simply this: Through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. This salvation is two-fold; General,–that which comes to all men irrespective of a belief in Christ–and Individual,–that which man merits through his own acts through life and by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. But 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.

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