By now most of his fans, if not all, are aware that Elder David Archuleta has returned home to Utah after serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the “Mormon” Church by the media and others) in Chile.The exact location of where he served was never disclosed.
During his mission David taught the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Chile, and he was also given several opportunities to use his amazing vocal talents to share that message in song as well. One of those occasions was the 2013 Christmas concert that was held on the Santiago Chile Temple grounds in which he performed several musical numbers. You can watch the full concert in the video below. Prior to leaving on his mission, David sang with the Missionary Training Center (MTC) Choir during the second session of the 182nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 31 March 2012.
David left for his mission and entered the MTC on 28 March 2012. In a Vlog which he recorded before leaving for the MTC, he remarked,
“It’s a decision everyone knows about, but it’s a very personal thing. I wanted to keep it that way, so I hope you guys respect that,” the 22-year-old said. “I’ve been able to bring you guys on this journey so far, but I hope that you guys will respect that this will be more of a personal thing; that I’m trying to focus on something else now, not my career, not trying to do music.”
“I wouldn’t be here without all of you guys, doing what you do,” Archuleta said. “It just meant a lot to have been able to bring you guys — it’s more like you have brought me on this journey — and I appreciate being able to share everything I’ve learned and experience — with you guys — because of you guys.” 
Now, two years later, and at 23, David has returned home from his mission. We are sure that he is looking to spend some quality time with his family and loved ones before announcing what his plans are for the future. He released a short video on Monday, 24 March 2014, announcing to everyone that he is back. Those were definitely words that his fans have waited to hear.
Will David be returning to the music world and making more beautiful music for everyone to enjoy? We will just have to be patient and wait to see what he has planned. If he does return to music, and this author and many others around the world hope that he will, it will be interesting to see what impact his two-year mission will have on his career. No matter what his decision will be, this author believes that he will always be a shining example to those around him.
Welcome home Elder Archuleta, and thank you for your service and devotion in the mission field as you were on the Lord’s errand.