Elder David James Archuleta – Returned With Honor

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Elder David James Archuleta - Missionary

“I am still David, but I feel so different. I am not afraid to show people who I am, and I’m not afraid of what I believe. I’m not afraid for people to know that.” – David Archuleta

For the past two years, David Archuleta has placed his music career on hold while he went to labor in the Lord’s vineyard as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the “Mormon” Church by the media and others) in the Chile  Rancagua Mission. While serving his mission, he had the time to reflect upon his life and his personal relationship with his Heavenly Father. As he stated in his first post mission interview, serving a mission gave him an opportunity to forget about David Archuleta and focus on serving others.

Even in the mission field, the Lord blessed him to be able to use the musical talents that he has been given to bless the lives of others, especially those whom he taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also had the opportunity to take part in several firesides, including two Christmas firesides that were held on the Temple grounds of the Santiago Chile Temple.

Now that he is home, he is catching up with the events of the past two years while he was away, as well as, contemplating where his life will lead him. As he has mentioned, he realizes that the Lord has blessed him with a wonderful gift of music that is to be used to bless the lives of others. David has said, “I am still David, but I feel so different. I am not afraid to show people who I am, and I’m not afraid of what I believe. I’m not afraid for people to know that.”

And so, no matter where life may take him, we can rest assured that music will be a part of it. We will have to patiently wait and see what the future holds for this incredible young man, and how his missionary service will play a part in that future. Whether or not he will return to the stage as a performer, continue to record the music that so many people have come to love, or whether he will go in a totally different direction using his musical talents, is something that will be revealed with time. For now, he needs time to re-acquaint himself with family and loved ones, and to adjust to life as now a former honorable missionary. This author, however, is certain that whatever David Archuleta decides to do, he will most certainly excel.

On Sunday, 6 April 2014, KSL.com broadcast a 30-minute documentary on David, his mission, and his plans for the future titled “David Archuleta: Called to Serve.” You can watch the program in the playlist below.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.John 6:27-29

David Archuleta: Called to Serve David Archuleta: Called to Serve

Additional Resources:

Making of the David Archuleta: Home With Honor Drawing

David Archuleta – I’m Back

David Archuleta 1st Interview Post Mission (04 April 2014)

David Archuleta sings “Be Still My Soul” to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir