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“Well, if I understand Elder McConkie [in fact #0536], he was saying that, although earlier Church leader’s never believed, preached, or practiced blood atonement, we actually do believe in it and would practice it if we had the legal and political power to do so (even though we didn’t when Brigham Young presided over the theocratic territory of Deseret).”

~Keith Norman/Mormon scholar, Sunstone – August 1990, page 11~