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In a recent Facebook post, Elder Holland shared a poignant and timely reminder addressing the topic of the perfectionism that can so often frustrate our efforts and disappoint our hopes:
Except for Jesus, there have been no flawless performances on this earthly journey we are pursuing, so while in mortality let’s strive for steady improvement without obsessing over what behavioral scientists call “toxic perfectionism.”
Every one of us aspires to a more Christlike life than we often succeed in living. If we admit that honestly and are trying to improve, we are not hypocrites; we are human. May we refuse to let our own mortal follies, and the inevitable shortcomings of even the best men and women around us, make us cynical. If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete.