At church today in Oldham, we had three missionaries speak, the final one Elder Dittmer mentioned the address by President Packer all about Spiritual Crocodiles.
This video was made for Seminary and inspired by Elder Boyd K. Packer’s analogy from a General Conference address “Spiritual Crocodiles” Ensign, May 1976, 30–32 .
Elder Packer compared deadly crocodiles that lie in wait for unsuspecting animals to the spiritual and moral sins of our day, which can be deadly to our young people. The Seminary guide goes on to discuss why temptations are so like Crocodiles.
- Crocodiles are often well camouflaged.
- Some victims, like the English boy, ignore warnings.
- Crocodiles often victimize the young, who are innocent and less wary.
- Victims underestimate how fast and powerful the enemy is.
- Victims see others go down to drink without being attacked.
- Crocodiles wait in places where victims go to satisfy needs, that is, the watering hole.
- Crocodiles are patient; they let the animals feel safe with their presence and then attack when the animals’ guards are down.