Elizabeth Smart calls rescue of Ohio women a miracle

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    May 12, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Nonceleb's comments are only typical of those who, throughout the ages have not understood the purpose of life and the principle of agency. If God were to intervene in every instance, we would be robbed of valuable experiences that mortality offers us. Horrific as it's beginning, who can deny that Elizabeth's experience has not made her a stronger individual? Further, this and similar experiences, in an eternal sense, advances God's purposes. Truth will prevail!

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    May 9, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    nonceleb: Yes, it is a miracle that they are alive and have been found! Eighty-five percent of kidnapped victims are murdered. Nobody stated that God intervened - those are your words. If you bothered to read Elisabeth's words, she took the words of wisdom her mother gave her about not letting the kidnapper have one more minute of her life; which is why she can now call herself and her life "blessed". It will also be another miracle if these three girls can do the same! Praise God.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Being found 10 years after their abduction is a "miracle?" If you believe God intervened, why was it not done to prevent their abduction or their being found shortly after? To call this a miracle makes God delinquent and incompetent. They missed ten years of their most precious time in life - their childhood.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 8, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    @ Kouger

    So you think that a story about child abduction that got away shouldn't be followed up on by talking to one of the few women out there to go through it?

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    May 8, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    Utah is now associated more with Elizabeth Smart than Mormons!! She should run for governor, and then maybe POTUS! Enough already! Please!

    May 8, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    In her interview with Jennifer Stagg, Elizabeth said there will always be people who say 'there's the girl that was kidnapped.' But one thing happened that's more positive than that view: Because we followed Elizabeth's story so closely, she became as one of our own children in many Utah, and I suppose, American, families. We watched her grow through this horrific trial into an accomplished young woman of tremendous faith and fortitude.

    Though she won't always be able to sense the true feelings of those who say "there goes that girl", hopefully she knows that inwardly many are feeling admiration for her. I've passed her a couple of times on BYU Campus, and pointed her out to those in my company--always with a wonderment and admiration that she, as a college student, was pursuing a degree like any normal college student would.

    Good luck, Elizabeth, on your Master's, marriage, and your Foundation. We admire your continued efforts to help others and hope at some time you may help the current women in the news. They're similar ages and abducted about the same time, so you'll make a good resource for them.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 8, 2013 5:21 a.m.

    "What a miracle"

    While I am very happy that these 3 women were found alive and well, isn't it really more of a "miracle" that these men were able to get away with this for 10 years?

    We use the term miracle far too often