Most Americans can remember where they were March 12, 2003 when the news broke that Elizabeth Smart had been recovered and was safely back with her family. Elizabeth’s captors had controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Her abduction and recovery motivated parents, law enforcement, and leaders world-wide to focus on children’s safety, the vigilance of every day people in finding missing children, and the belief that there is always hope and we can never stop searching for each and every missing child.
Elizabeth is currently a junior at Brigham Young University studying music with an emphasis on harp performance. Furthering her love of music, she spent the spring of 2009 in London studying at the BYU extension and taking music lessons at the Royal Academy of Music. Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction and recovery programs and legislation. Elizabeth has helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. Last year Elizabeth worked with the Department of Justice and four other recovered young adults in creating a survivors guide, entitled – “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” to encourage children who had gone through similar experiences to not give up and know that miracles can happen. Elizabeth will be departing in November to serve an eighteen month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Paris, France.