Activist Elizabeth Smart begins married life in Hawaii

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:42
smartElizabeth022112_optBY TERI GATTO

At 14 she was kidnapped at knifepoint and held captive for a horrifying nine months before being rescued.

Today, 24-year-old Elizabeth Smart is a joyful new bride. Smart and fiancé Matthew Gilmour, 22 were married on Saturday in the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohau’s West Coast reports USA Today.

The private ceremony and reception were attended by family members.

The couple announced their engagement last month. According to People magazine, the wedding was originally planned for this summer, but the date was changed in order to avoid media attention.

A Bringham Young University student, Smart met Gilmour met in Paris, France when she was taking part in missionary work.

On June 5, 2002 Brian David Mitchell, now 57, forced Smart from her home at knifepoint. He then held her captive as he sexually abused her and forced her to ingest drugs and alcohol in an effort to break down her resistance. When not being abused, Smart was often tied to a tree to keep her from escaping.

Smart was found on March 12, 2003 in Sandy, Utah, 18 miles from her home.

Mitchell was tried and found guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault and is currently serving two life-terms in federal prison in Arizona.

Last year Smart was hired by ABC News to be a commentator on missing and child abuse cases. She is also the founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help and prevent predatory crimes.