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The entire chapter of First Nephi 6 is devoted to Nephi ‘informing’ the reader that Lehi’s writings are not included with his. This is a poorly designed attempt by Joseph Smith to draw attention back to the ‘Book of Lehi,’ which was (purportedly) the 116 pages lost by Martin Harris. Smith’s backpedaling is so obviously recognized, that it is a glaring embarrassment:

“And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in this part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father; wherefore, I do not write it in this work. For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of Joseph. And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God” (vs. 1-3).

Would the apologist suggest that Nephi had foresight into the pages getting lost?