writesIn the first part of this article, we explored verses 1-8 of John 17 in order to see what Jesus said contradicted what Joseph Smith said. We discovered a few things in the last installment and would strongly encourage you to read it HERE.

Here is John 17 from where we left off last time:

9 “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine.
10 “And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.
12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 “And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 “I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 “I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.
18 “As Thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;
21 “That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
22 “And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One:
23 “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.
24 “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.
25  “O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me.
26 “And I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Let’s look a little deeper into what Jesus meant and how it reacts to what Joseph Smith taught and what Mormon doctrine now teaches.

9 “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine.
10 “And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them.”

Christ, when He gathered His followers, each one of them were chosen for the task. Later, they ran away from Him, but after His resurrection they rose up and fought for the Truth! Christ did not make earthly followers, He made heavenly heirs.

Smith, on the other hand, said of himself:

I have more to boast of than any man had. I am the only man that has been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter nor Jesus every did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.

— (History of the Church, vol.6, pp.408-09, 1844)

The followers of Jesus have eternal life, whereas the followers of Joseph Smith have only been guaranteed earthly life.

11 “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.
12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”

Verse 11 is where the big difference between Christ and Smith occur.

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