Most visitors to the internet this week have probably noticed that Elizabeth Smart has just released a memoir of her horrific ordeal. Ten years after her rescue, she details her abduction and captivity and explains how she transcended the evils she experienced. My review is here. Warning: the book induces nightmares, especially when you have children.
A few additional thoughts:
– Is Elizabeth Smart the second-most famous Mormon (known to be Mormon) in America? Athletes (Manti Teo, Jimmer Fredette, etc.) come and go. I very much doubt many non-Mormons who do not live in Utah could name the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mitt Romney is undoubtedly the most famous known Mormon in the country, but Elizabeth Smart might well be #2. Donny / Maria Osmond #3?
– Along those lines, what motivates a certain segment of the population to waste countless hours posting snarky comments about Mormonism underneath every new-story or blog post on the subject? Some of these anti-Mormon commenters claim to be Christian. More love, less hate. If politeness and kindness are impossible, how about silence?