Oliver Granger; who is he?
One of the silliest arguments used by critics to try to "shut up" members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the old saw about Oliver Granger and members of the Church not knowing who he is.
In the Doctrine and Covenants, section 117:12 we are told:
Now, this writer is not old enough to have known Oliver Granger, but he is old enough to have read Section 117 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Since Oliver Granger's name appears there, and has from the first time the Doctrine and Covenants was printed, it appears that in at least one respect Oliver's name is being remembered "from generation to generation." Moreover, this writer can remember back some 40 years ago when a speaker in Sacrament Meeting in Logan, UT (the old Logan 14th Ward) gave a whole talk about Oliver Granger in reference to what section 117 says about him. Further, critics keep bringing his name up again and again; so how in the world can we forget this man?
Oliver Granger is recorded in Church history as well. For example:
Beyond that, however, is an even more rational approach to the meaning of this verse. John A Tvedtnes (FARMS/ISPART) commented as follows:
Also, in an article appear on this web site, by John A. Tvedtnes, he comments:
See also Mr. Tvedtnes' response to critic Dick Baer (item 35).
And in a humorous vein: if nothing else, critics themselves provide the means for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to remember Oliver Granger, "from generation to generation," by simply bringing him up again and again.