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No Mormon Code

July 31, 1994

This letter is in response to John Schulian's June 5 review of Mikal Gilmore's "Shot in the Heart." As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I must inform you that there is no "Mormon code of life-for-a-life retribution," which Schulian equated with the phrase "Blood Atonement." According to Mormon doctrine, there is only one "blood atonement," specifically, the atonement of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, which enabled men to overcome the consequences of sin and thus be reconciled with God.

R. ADERMANN, LONG BEACH

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