As Emily Armstrong headed to college at the age of 17, she was a perfectionist, wanted to be an adult, and desired to assert her independence. For her, the ultimate statement of such independence was joining the Bahá’i faith, a religion she believed would ensure perfect order in the world — “no more war, poverty, or racism. One language, one currency, and equality of the sexes.” A “perfect” faith for a perfectionist.
In this video, she tells her story of how her Bahá’i faith actually revealed to her the impossibility of being perfect in herself, how this crushed her to abandon her quest for perfection, and how she ultimately converted to Christianity:
In her own words, she now realizes that “He (Jesus) is our perfection, so I don’t have to be.”