Hear Elizabeth Smart Explain This One Crucial Detail That Helped Her Escape

You can probably remember seeing her picture on the news—a girl with blonde hair and a shy smile, sitting next to her harp. Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home on June 5, 2002. She was fourteen at the time.

The word of her abduction spread to national news outlets. What started out as an anxious search for one missing girl in Utah, turned into a nationwide effort by thousands to bring her home.

Miraculously, Elizabeth was found nine months later. The details of her captivity emerged, revealing an experience that no one of any age should have to endure. In spite of these troubling circumstances, Elizabeth has amazed the world with her determination to live a full, happy life.

As an abduction survivor, she has turned her efforts to raising awareness of victimization on a global scale. She hopes that no child will ever have to experience the crimes she endured.

How did Elizabeth get through those long nine months of pain and suffering? What kept her from giving up and losing all hope of being found? How has she risen from that dark part of her life with such grace and optimism? She attributes it all to her faith.

“In my own life and in the countless other lives of survivors that I have spoken with, It has been the power of faith that has allowed us to not only persevere, but to find true peace and happiness.”

Elizabeth’s faith healed her deep wounds, set her free from her haunting past, and opened the doors to a brighter future. How has faith healed your heart and the hearts of those around you?

Elizabeth Smart Explains the Crucial Detail that Helped Her Escape

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  • jackie ainslie

    Faith is the only thing that keeps me going…without it I couldn’t live! So happy that Elizabeth has that faith as well!

  • jogika

    Blessings to you Elizabeth, I rely on faith also and have for the past 35 years, God has helped me through so much and I believe He loves me more than anyone else could ever in this life. I praise God for your testimony and I know you will help many young women out there, xox

  • Window lady

    Such a Valiant Woman!

  • Fonda

    I am glad you can move on with your life being healed through Jesus Christ. Your story is a testimony of no matter what you have been through in life, Jesus Christ can heal you. I see it in you in your story! Thanks!

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  • Lucy Orton Hall

    This young lady is so special. Every time I she or hear her speak it fills my heart with joy and love

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  • Vicki McConnell

    Elizabeth, I really love you. You are such a wonderful example of how our Savior heals us. You are an exemplary woman of faith. May our Lord continue to bless you as you bless others.

  • Jayne

    Our prayers were with you. I am thankful for your example. Many of us at your age and younger have been raped… I could never have moved on if it had not been for my faith. No one knew what happened or the loss of the baby. My trials have been a blessing for me to help others through their time of harship.

  • Colleen Brown

    Each time I hear Elizabeth Smart speak and share her feelings, I feel the light of God streaming through her words and hope that no matter what we endure in life, there is a path back to happiness and wholeness.

  • rt2wshpMyWay

    Elizabeth you & your Parents are remarkable people & an inspiration & example to all of us that need to Forgive.

  • Spencer Morgan

    “It is better to die in defending one’s virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle.”

    – Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, LDS Prophet, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 196