Testimonial of Tempting Tentacles

A mere 16 pages apart in March’s Ensign, two references to ‘tentacles’ can be found. Tentacles. Like an octopus. One reference suggests that they are tentacles of temptation, while the other calls them the tentacles of Divine Providence, which I’ll likely refer to as the tentacles of testimony, for alliteration’s sake.
“In some regards, Satan is like an octopus trying to capture us. If one tentacledoes not work, he will try another and another until he finds one that takes hold. Following are some of the tentacles of the evil one designed to cause us to break God’s standard of morality.” Elder Tad R. Callister, March 2014 Ensign, “The Lord’s Standard of Morality” (emphasis mine)
“Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return.”
Elder Orson F. Whitney, quoted in March 2014 Ensign, “Faithful Parents and Wayward Children” Elder David A. Bednar (emphasis mine)
The following are several examples from pop culture that prominently feature tentacles. With our newfound knowledge of the possibility of the tentacles representing temptation or testimony, we can find all sorts of fun, surprising connections (or completely inaccurate Gospel analogies, whatever floats your boat [until some tentacles of temptation come and sink it]).

The Darkness believe in a thing called love. Perhaps their love vanquishes these tentacles of temptation, blasting from their guitars like a concentrated laser beam? (The relevant portion starts at 2:49. It is a music video, so be aware.)
Captain Nemo and his crew fight valiantly against the giant squid. Although, perhaps the squid was simply extending the tentacles of testimony and Divine Providence, hoping to bring them back to the truth and they refused to see the light, resisting by any means necessary.

Jack sacrifices himself to the Kraken and its tentacles. But is he going to a better world or symbolically giving in to his dark side? (Tentacles come in around 1:30)

Davy Jones is Tentacles. And the Kraken strikes again. Temptation or Testimony?

Ursula. A list of Tentacled creatures/people wouldn’t be complete without her. Temptation. Hands down. Unless, I’ve been misled my entire life and she is actually the heroine that suffers a tragic fate…

A brief exploration of tentacles. Be aware next time you feel something reaching out and encircling you ask yourself- is this a tentacle of temptation or testimony?


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