Elizabeth Smart encourages BYU audience to have faith during hard times

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  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    March 7, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    In the 18th and 19th Century the "Captivity Narrative" was an externally popular literary genre. The women who were held captive by Native Americans would tour the Untited States to packed venues. English Lit majors are familiar with this genre. Throwing in the victims religious faith as a means to coping with their captivity resonated with contemporary audiences now as then. Yes, I too im looking forward to reading a copy of Elizabeth Smart's new book too.

  • Beach girl Huntington Beach, CA
    March 7, 2014 5:28 a.m.

    Elizabeth, thanks for your courage for speaking up about such a severe trial. !!! Great words of wisdom!

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    “They could never take away the fact that I am one of Heavenly Father’s daughters and he loves me, and they could not take away that fact that I am also my mother’s daughter and that she will always love me.”
    Very good for you Elizabeth. You have found the single most important life affirming thing about us that there is.

    From feeling desperately unhappy when I viewed the pictures of you on the beach as a 10 year-old in the early days of your abduction, I now am **very** happy to see how you have survived and thrived, and are now doing so much to spread the knowledge of what you found while doing that.

    Good on you forever.

  • Marigold Provo, UT
    March 6, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    I have read Elizabeth's book and found it fascinating and so helpful! Elizabeth's family never gave up...her parents were so tenacious in making every effort to find their daughter. Elizabeth had powerful experiences during her "captivity" that Heavenly Father was there and mindful of her situation. He is God, but He also allows agency...the events in Sandy, Utah where courageous people and police officers just knew that something was amiss...Thank you, Elizabeth for going on with your life and being such a positive role-model!!!!!