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Elizabeth Smart’s happy ending helped in telling her tale of hell

Books » Smart tells story of despair and faith in “My Story.”

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The book also describes her brave challenge to her captor just hours after she was taken, as they were climbing through a dark June night up Dry Creek Canyon. "If you’re going to rape and kill me, please do it here," the girl said. "That way somebody will find my body." "Keep moving," she was told.

The next day, at the high-mountain campsite where Mitchell was chaining her ankle with a steel cable to a tree, she realized he had gone to too much trouble to kill her. "Then I had the most horrible thought of all," Smart writes. "What if this goes on forever? Is this to be the only life I will ever know?"

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“My Story”: Elizabeth Smart appearances

When » Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.

Also » Saturday, Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m.

Where » Costco, 648 E. 800 South, Orem

When » Saturday, Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m.

Where » Costco, 5201 Intermountain Drive, Murray

When » Monday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m.

Where » Deseret Books, 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

When » Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

Where » Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St., Salt Lake Community College South campus, Salt Lake City

Info » Buy the book at The King’s English to reserve a place in the signing line.

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"My Story" chronicles her faith, aided by her memories of her family, and what she felt was the spiritual presence of her beloved grandfather, who had passed away just days before she was kidnapped. Realizing that her family would love her, no matter what her captors did to her, "meant I had something still to live for."

And along the way she realized her youth was an advantage. Mitchell, with his long beard and salt-and-pepper hair "had to be at least as old as my father, which meant I could outlive them. The thought was like a lightning bolt inside my mind. It might be 20 years, or maybe 30, but one day they were going to die. ... And I could go back to my life."



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