Smart said it was a great day for “justice in America,” and said she wanted to give hope to other victims.
"Today is a wonderful day," said Elizabeth. "It is possible to move on after something terrible has happened."
"Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support," said Elizabeth Smart.
Elizabeth said she was looking forward to France to complete her mission for the LDS Church.
"I think this is an exceptionally victorious day for us all," said Elizabeth’s mother Lois.
"This has been half of Elizabeth's life," Lois Smart said. "We're glad it's over."
"These things don't have to happen to us. There is a way to put those people behind us and we can move forward with our lives," Lois Smart
Lois also commented, “Doesn’t she just glow?” as she stepped in front of the cameras.
After Elizabeth and Lois spoke, Ed Smart spoke for a long time, chastising Mitchell and defense witness Dr. Paul Whitehead, who testified that he thought Mitchell had a mental illness.
"It's real! It's a wonderful day. It's been long in coming," said Ed Smart.
Still, Ed had praise for his daughter.
"She's amazing," said Ed. "A very strong, young woman."
"As a father I was so grateful she was able to say what she had to say," said Ed.
Ed Smart continued to talk about Mitchell, saying he was a “liar” and a “predator.”
"As a family we do not want to see another child affected by Brian David Mitchell," said Ed.
Smart was asked about Mitchell’s behavior in court.
"Whether he wants to sing the rest of his days in prison; that’s up to him and I pity him," he said.
Ed Smart also pointed out the timing of Mitchell’s scheduled sentencing on May 25, which comes just after Elizabeth will finish her mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ed said May 25 also happens to be National Missing Children's Day.