Elizabeth Smart is all grown up and despite the horrific kidnapping ordeal she suffered through, the twenty-one year old has clearly found a way to turn a negative into a positive. Smart recently opened up about her future and her advice to other women.
“I’m heading to Paris. I will be serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” she revealed on Tuesday during a panel discussion in Long Beach, Calif. “I’m doing great. From the moment I came back to my family we have never looked back. Of course, we’ve had our ups and down, who doesn’t? I have continued my life, it altered our life, but I never let it hold me back. I’ve gone on to do everything I’ve wanted to do.”
The poised Smart also gave an empowering piece of advice to those in the audience: “Don’t be a sheep.”
Smart’s participation in the panel entitled “Overcoming the Unimaginable” (her mother Lois also spoke) was part of the program for the California Women’s Conference held by First Lady of California Maria Shriver. Kate Gosselin appeared at the event on Monday to sign books for fans.