SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon leader is calling on church members not to drive themselves into depression or eating disorders in the pursuit of Christ-like perfection.
Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said Saturday during a church conference that following doctrine and seeking personal improvement shouldn't lead to getting ulcers, bulimia, depression or lowered self-esteem.
He instructed the nearly 16-million members of the religion to strive for "steady improvement without obsessing over what behavioral scientists call 'toxic perfectionism."
Holland lamented that he often hears from Mormons that they feel like they don't measure up.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-yearly conference runs Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City.