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Elizabeth Smart speaks at Dixie State University

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Posted at 7:35 PM, Feb 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-23 21:35:19-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Victim advocate Elizabeth Smart made a special appearance in Southern Utah on Saturday.

Smart was the keynote speaker at Dixie Sate University's annual mother-daughter weekend, and this year’s theme was Be-You-Tiful.

The event focused on encouraging women to remain beautiful and strong in today’s changing world, and Smart spoke about being strong in the midst of challenges.

"We can go on to be anything or do anything we want,” she said. “I just, I want them to walk away feeling hopeful that no matter how hard life is we can move forward and we can be happy."

Smart’s organization, The Elizabeth Smart Foundation, focuses on children’s safety.