Gutsy decision. Hope he gets to serve someplace where no one has heard of him,
so he can be a normal missionary.
He is a little older than he should be. What happened to 19?
He knows his music career has peaked.
Congarts on your decision, David. The Lord bless you.@SpitvalveI'm sure there are many places in the world where David would do
wonderful as a missionary.I recently had a close friend who some would
consider a stereotypical blonde. (but she also has a heart of gold) She served
in Hong Kong and had a wonderful experience. @Y-Ask-Y?I
may be wrong, but I think you can be as old as 25 and still serve as a full-time
missionary.When I was in the mission field, I knew several elders
who left the same time I did and were two or three years older than I was.
@ Y It doesn't matter that he's not 19 right on the dot. 19-26 is a normal
range for young men to go.
19 is simply the youngest age at which a young man can serve, and it happens to
be when most young men start their missionary service. I have known a few young
men who were older than 19 when they began their missions. There was a young
man in my MTC gym class who was 26. I don't know what the official upper limit
is, but it is somewhere in the mid-twenties.
Nothing happened to 19. It's still between 18 and 20.
Re: Y-Ask-YThat was one of the most cynical and judgmental comments
I have seen posted here in a long time. Why not just be happy for the young man?
Wow. Good for him. What an amazing experience that will be. Can you imagine
being this guy's missionary companion?
THAT is awesome! Many LDS stars justify that they are on a full-time mission by
continually being in the public-eye. And they can do more missionary work by
continuing in their craft. I'm of the opinion that you're on a full-time
mission when you when you're on a full-time mission. Although I'm certain David
Archuleta will always have a successful singing career, the faith and courage
required to do this (and the message it sends) I think is of pioneer
@ Y-Ask-Y, 19 is simply the youngest age a young man can be to serve a mission.
I've had many friends and sons of friends leave at a later age. Perhaps it
shows a greater decision on his part and not an automatic "GO".
Either way I'm confident it will make him a better man.
That is so great! Congratulations David.
Re: y-ask-y?? Maybe you need to change your name. Asking why on this one is
petty and silly. Get a grip on how the Spirit can dictate, no matter what the
age. I'm old enough to be his grandfather, or maybe great grandfather, am
currently serving with my wife on a full-time mission. Sure glad no one asked
"Why" when we decided to serve.
This could possibly be a little disruptive.
Y-Ask-Y? | 1:17 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 Provo, UTHe is a little older
than he should be. What happened to 19?----------Why does that
matter?As I have said all along, a person needs to make the decision
on their own. If you don't have your own testimony and dedication to see it
through then you should serve in other ways. Going just because you are
expected to and doing it half hearted can be harmful. Going before you are
ready is harmful.I am happy to hear this news but even happier he is
doing this on his own motivations for the Savior.
Y-Ask-Y:Your cheap shot doesn't warrant any indulgence, but for your
information a young man has until age 26 to enter the mission field.
I was a little older than 19 when I served my mission ... is there a problem?
To Y-Ask-Y? | 1:17 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 Provo, UT He is a little older
than he should be. What happened to 19? -------------------------The "should be" age for each missionary is the age when s/he
is ready to serve and when Heavenly Father tells him/her the time is right. 19
is merely the youngest age at which a male missionary can serve (the youngest
age for a female missionary is 21).
For Y-ask-Y: Young men can go on a mission up until the age of 25. Some of those
old missionaries are the best of all.I have always thought David
Archuletta was a fine young man with his head on straight. He is going on a
mission for the right reasons - because he has listened to the spirit and feels
it is right and he should, not because of peer pressure or someone telling him
he should go.
Of course the "what happened to 19" question would come from Provo.
Who cares? I wish him the best of luck. What a marvellous opportunity for
growth for David.
Dear Y ask Y: Oh, honestly!!!!
Good for him for making this great decision, and being willing to put his career
on hold for two years.
To: Y-Ask-Y?Are you serious?Why don't you just worry
about yourself? You should be saying 'good for you!' to Elder Archuleta and
instead you're asking why he didn't leave at 19?Simply unreal.
You can serve a mission at any age...19 is just the starting age. I say good
for him, wish him all the best and his fans will appreciate him more when he
comes back to his career:)
Good for him!!I'm a newcomer to the David fan bandwagon but I love
the quality of his voice in the Christmas recording with the Tabernacle Choir
last year. And I read something he'd said about attending the Jordan River
Temple (I think it was) that really impressed me.So good for him in
making this choice. And heres wishing him the best.
It does not have to be at 19. My son is in the MTC at 21. Some young men are
not ready at 19. David will be a great missionary.
This is great news! I have been critical LDS of athletes and celebs that choose
to not go. If he follows through, he can be a great example! Best of luck,
wow...I was already a fan, but my esteem for David has gone up.
Congrats to David. I know of many who don't go immediately at 19 because they
are still earning their own money, finishing up a semester at college, etc. The
ones who go because they are still preparing themselves in that way, usually
come into the field with added maturity that goes a long way in comparison to
those who are barely 19 (no offense to the general audience of wonderful
elders). He's had some unique experiences in the music industry and has managed
to stay squeaky clean and grounded with his values. I think he will make a
great representative for the Church as a missionary because of his extra
activities...he can add one more worthwhile activity to his list soon! And, like
it or not, you can bet that Access Hollywood AND the Deseret News will be
following him for 2 years because he is a celebrity.
As someone else said, this young man has his head on straight. He will be
blessed in this decision.
I'm glad he's not playing the "I'm famous" card "so therefore
that is serving a mission".
Come on, Y-Ask-Y? The decision to serve a mission and the timing thereof is an
extremely personal matter. It's between the person and the Lord.
Spitvalve | 1:13 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 Denton, TX Gutsy decision. Hope
he gets to serve someplace where no one has heard of him, so he can be a normal
missionary. I doubt that will be a problem for him so long as he
serves outside of Utah.
Yay, what a great young man! I wish him the best of luck and I am grateful for
his example, he will be a fantastic missionary.
To mominthetrenches | 7:27 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 And, like it or not,
you can bet that Access Hollywood AND the Deseret News will be following him for
2 years because he is a celebrity. --------------------------I
really hope they don't. Archuleta needs to be able to devote his two years of
service as just one more unrecognized and unrecognizable young man who is
devoting his time to serving our Heavenly Father. Fame and publicity would
hamper the work he's going out to do.
I know people in their 60s and 70s who are serving full-time missions. There is
no age limit to service.
Why is this even "news"?
The missionary department has dealt with more visible missionaries before. He
will be sent where he can do the most good. Best wishes to you, David. Enjoy
that experience. It is wonderful!!
Hey Spitvalve: How about Zimbabwe?
To the Y ask Y's and similar above posts. Who cares He's going, it sounds like
it was his decision. Therefore it is the right decision. Good luck and enjoy
the "best two years" for you of your life.
So who is giong to start the "pool" (non-monetary of course) to see
where he goes?Hmmmm.... my guess is Santiago Chile. Maybe Pagan as
a disinterested observer can track our submissions to keep us all honest.
He will never regret his decision to go on a mission.
When he gets back, you know he's going to be called to be the ward choir
director until the day he dies.
God bless you on your mission, Elder Archuleta! Remember the scripture that
says: "...seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you." I am one fan who will patiently wait
for you to serve the Lord before getting back to singing for me.
Re: RanchHand | 8:34 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 "Why is this even
"news"?"David Archuleta is known and loved world
wide. He has chosen to leave wealth and fame behind for 2 years and take the
path less trodden to unselfishly serve his God. There is a high standard
required to serve a mission and that speaks volumes about his character.And that is why this is "news".
I love it - all I can say is wow!What a wonderful young man. An
excellent example for a lot of young men. I couldn't be prouder of the example
he's setting.He's gonna be a great missionary!
Class act!Recognizing that service to others is more valuable than
talented people serving themselves is the epitome true manhood. David, you are a real man!
barbara | 8:30 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 Carlsbad, CA I know people in
their 60s and 70s who are serving full-time missions. There is no age limit to
service.@barbara, There is an age limit for single men. It is
somewhere in the early 20's. I'm not sure the exact age limit for them, but
once they have passed that age they have to wait until they are old and married
and serve a mission with their wife. There is no age limit for single women,
however. They may serve a mission at any age after the age of 21.
FANTASTIC!The Lord will bless you for your service.I
would tell him what a wise bishop once told me: the Lord will NEVER permantently
close a door on any righteous, good desire for the sole reason you obeyed His
commandments. In other words, if a music career is 'good' and
'righteous', the Lord will not allow that opportunity to be closed because David
Archuleta chose to serve a mission.What more can be said than
"the Church is true"?
This will be great for David and good for the Church. I am sure his talents will
be useful in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but spreading the Gospel of
Jesus Christ will also be good for the young man.
RanchHand: If this isn't "news"worthy, as you seem to imply, then why
did you bother to read the article, and why did you bother to post a comment?
Cogratulations Elder Archuletta. I hope you get called to the only true and
living mission, the Texas Dallas Mission (or Fort Worth or Lubbock since they
used to be part of my mission). The Lord will bless you for your efforts.
Don't you just love it when people who are not the least bet interested in a
story just have to read it and then take the time to think of a response and
type it out. They are the same ones who are now reading all the comments and
thinking of something else to say. All the time they are telling themselves that
it isn't news and that no one really cares about it anyway.It just
funny how some people are.
@ ClarkKent Gutsy decision. Hope he gets to serve someplace where no one has
heard of him, so he can be a normal missionary. I doubt that will be a problem
for him so long as he serves outside of Utah. Like Mitt Romney
wholived in a 'Palace' During Mission Days .Members of Mitt Romneys own
church are casting doubts on his claims that he had to use a bucket as a toilet
and lived a life of poverty as a Mormon missionary in Paris. Instead, the house
he lived in during much of his 2-1/2 years in France had stained-glass windows,
chandeliers, an extensive art collection, and even a Spanish chef, Britains
Daily Telegraph reports.About the same time, my mission was
guarding airplanes in the jungles of Vietnam and Thailand.
And yet, 50,000 other young men leave on missions. so much for anonimity.
This is a great decision for a fine young man. He is a great example to other
young LDS men and hopefully many for will follow him.
When Elvis went into the army, someone then wrote "Bye Bye Birdie"
based on the idea. I wonder if the Archuleta mission will ever generate a
Broadway musical. "Bye Bye Archie."The missionary
department is out of their collective mind if they fall for this. He will be a
target. He will get media attention from the tabloids 24/7. The mission
president will never be able to tell if his contacts join the church for the
church or for Archuleta. He will never be able to tell if the elders like him
or hate him because of his qualities of because he is already a hotter commodity
than they will ever be in their whole lives. That will be true of his
relationship with his mission president. The whole experience will be either
evolve into a docudrama or a book --- and it is hard to see how the missionary
system will come off looking good either way.One way or another --
he won't get a form letter either calling him or denying him a mission call.
All I can say is I would love to see what his tithing checks look like. Wow!
I loved hearing about this :) Well done David! I hope he has as normal a mission
experience as possible.
Wow, that seems a little scary! But I am very happy for him and very proud of
him for not choosing the "Donny Osmond, Steve Young, Jimmer Fredette way
out" and tell everyone they are serving a mission in a
"different" way.Some might think that this will ruin his career,
but he will come back bigger and better than ever. With his new added confidence
and through his experiance he will be better equipped to share who he his and
what he stands for!Congratulations David!!!
Others have alluded to the "official" maximum age a young man can
enter the mission field, so here it is straight out of the Official Handbook. A
young man can enter the mission field up untill his 26th birthday. There are
conditional provisions of course such as having not been married and divorced,
etc. David Archuleta is either 20 or 21 I should imagine. Bless his heart!!
David Archuleta was under contract to his record label when he was 19.During that time he sold about a million copies of his albums.He
parted ways with his label this year, and now he's off on a mission.
Brave Sir Robin,Actually he will probably be called as the ward
choir itself until the day he dies.All joking aside, this is a
pretty awesome decision. Hopefully the media will leave him alone for two years
so he can spread the gospel without unnecessary distractions.
Wow what a stud! Can you imagine being proselytized by him? What is his mission
president going to do lock him up so that girls don't hound him on the streets?
Every teenage girl is going to be looking at the missionary's walking down the
streets now to see if they run into him LOL.
I hope serving a mission will be a great blessing for him and for those in the
area he serves. I have known "famous" members of the LDS church who
did not serve missions, but did TREMENDOUS good in their professions. Don't
forget all the Firesides and youth activities where they can have a great
influence. It's a choice that is entirely up to the individual. Don't jump to
Elder Archuleta, Great news!I wish to point out that he has started his
mission years ago , now he is going on his 2-year mission. The Lord is pleased.
Our prayers are with you.
Re: UTAH Bill- "He knows his music career has peaked." Sorry, my
friend. This decision is based solely on what he knows to be right and true
"for him." The world will scratch their heads over this very personal
decision & choice. David knows what is most important, in the ultimate
scheme of things, and that's to bring the Gospel of Christ to those of whom are
seeking. Amazing choice. His music will sound that much sweeter to me.
The claim that Obama has a 'war on religion' sounds more and more like a
complete fabrication... dosen't it? Happy Holidays to
you and your loved ones. :)
Congratulations for making that choice to serve a mission. Sometimes at 19 you
are just not ready. I turned 19 my senior year in high school and I was not
ready so after graduation I went to college for a year before going on my
mission. My mission was a great experience and I am sure that he will have a
great experience on his also.
Wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for him and for all the new people he will touch
with his teaching and example. What a great guy! I'm sure he'll be able to
use his talents to serve the Lord in this "official" way too. He's
just a fine young man and I'm proud to be a fan! God bless him and keep him
safe. (And there are plenty of places he could be sent, never fear, folks.)
It takes a lot of self conviction to take this kind of decision when other
celebrities advised him not to do it because his fame. Kuddos for him!And about the celebrity status: I remember elders and sisters with very well
recognized last names serving the Lord 1000%, their companions supported them
and ignoring that "celebrity" status but loving them and working hand
to hand with them. I am sure David will do great. He is doing it because he
Re: PAGAN. Nice to hear from you, my friend. But, no mention of Obama in this
article. Nor did I read about any "war on religion" as well. Seems
like your post has been misdirected. But thanks for chiming in nonetheless.
Happy Holiday to you and yours as well. :)
RE: RanchHand "Why is this even 'news'"? You're pulling our leg,
right? I'll go slowly here: this young man is a pretty well-known singer. He's
actually appeared on TV a time of two. He's actually been a professional singer
the past few years. He was a finalist on the #1 reality talent show in the US a
few years ago. With that as a background, the "news" is that he's
putting all of that on hold while he fulfills an extremely personal choice of
his to serve the Lord. It's similar to when a New Zealand professional rugby
player recently gave up a $1M contract to serve a mission as well. Sorry to
break it to you, but more than 5 or 10 people will be interested in this news.
"What happened to 19"? What kind of question is that? That is the most
judgemental imbasolic question to come out of "Happy Valley" since
"Do You Think Bronco Mendenhall would be a good hire?" This kid has
EVERY REASON NOT TO SERVE A MISSION! He is doing it because he LOVES THE LORD!
He is indeed a Stripling Warrior who is doing it because of the teachings and
guidence of his MOTHER! He has money to spare, a career, touring, GIRLS, A Car,
about anything the world can offer him, and he has his PRIORITIES STRAIGHT! This
kid has just gone on a scale of 0-100 with me being at about a 35 to a 110! He
has character, humility, and a sense of who he is, where he came from, why he is
here and where he goes when this life is over, and what he can take with him! I
personally hope he goes somewhere that people KNOW EXACTLY WHO HE IS! Then he
can explain WHY he put it all on HOLD for two years, and WHY he elected to SERVE
A MISSION! He'll go where the LORD needs him the most! Why second_guess Even
This is great to hear. he will be an even better example to my young sons. Just
wish Jimmer would have gone that would have been really cool
Good for him! He can help spread the Gospel through music. I bet his music
will follow him on him mission and that would be great. At any rate, following
a call from the Lord should be above anything else and David seems to know that.
Good luck David, and God bless you.
@ Y-ask-Y"what happened to 19"? ...well, U-ask-U!And to David: I'm sure you may regret some musical career choices, but not the
choice of serving a mission. Kudos!
Thank you, don, for being where you were at age 19. Missions happen in all
sorts of places. Pres. Monson served his in the navy.
David, I am so proud of you for this decision, I am sorry that there are persons
who still make such pious comments. I have to fantastic step sons who never
served a mission, nor did my husband. I myself did, but these are great men who
honor their priesthood and treat their wives with respect and have served in
leadership callings in the church. I have a step son in law who did serve a
mission and he doesn't provide for his family and has a lot of emotional issues.
But David, you have such a good spirit and hopefully you will go where there is
no fame and your good spirit can touch the hearts of people. I think that your
career will help you to be able to approach and love people. Bless you in your
service in this different way.
donn Layton, UT: Like Mitt Romney who lived in a 'Palace' During his Mission
Days, according to Britains Daily Telegraph.Unfortunately, the
Telegraph's report is greatly lacking. As someone who served in France 12 years
after Romney, I can attest to the variety of living conditions that were at
times quite primitive, even into the 1980s . The Telegraph neglects
to say that Romney spent less than half of his 30 month mission in the mission
home. That gave him plenty of time to live in a few other areas under the
primitive conditions he describes, and, based on my own experiences, I have no
doubt that he did. Apparently the Telegraph was only interested in trying to
show Romney had a cushy mission rather than actually talking to people he served
with outside of his time at the mission home.I am no Romney
political supporter, but the Telegraph piece was half-baked at best.
To Ranch Hand...I'm sure this article was written just to annoy you. Looks like
I'm impressed, very impressed!
Mission are a great blessing to the person who serves and even more so to the
person who is served. David's life will be far greater for having made this
decision. And many people's lives will greatly be enhanced by David's service.
Well done, David.
I didn't go on a mission and life is simply over for me. I mean once the girls
heard that I wasn't going I might as well as done prison time for murder.
shaun writes: " I mean once the girls heard that I wasn't going I might as
well as done prison time for murder."Wise is the active LDS
woman who is very particular about the qualities (and attitude) she looks for in
the men she dates. It increases the chances she will enjoy a successful happy
marriage that lasts. There are many decent young men who haven't gone on LDS
missions as young men. President Thomas S. Monson is a classic example.Congratulations to David for the unselfish decision he made to do what
he thinks is right!!
rightascension,There are plenty of places in the world where
missionaries are serving that the people have no idea who David Archuleta is.
We also know that mission calls are inspired by God and He knows where David
Archuleta can best serve and be an effective missionary.
JRJ | 8:39 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 Pocatello, IDThe missionary department
has dealt with more visible missionaries before. ----------Name two. I can't.
Do ya'll actually think that David is so well known world-wide that people will
be falling all over him during his mission? Come on .... MOST of the world has
never even heard of him, particularly non-members!! Talk about putting someone
up on a pedestal!
I'm not the best speller in the world. Earlier I meant to say
"Congrats!" to David for his decision. @ClarkKent 7:57 You said - "Gutsy decision. Hope he gets to serve someplace where
no one has heard of him, so he can be a normal missionary.I doubt
that will be a problem for him so long as he serves outside of Utah."----Like you I hope he serves in a place where he can be as
normal a missionary as possible. And yes, there are at least one or two people
outside of Utah who have heard of David Archuleta. E News Online,
Access Hollywood's website and CBS News Entertainment have each reported David's
announcement. If David was only a Beehive State celeb, I doubt any of these
sites would have cared. @RanchHand 8:34 You said -
"Why is this even "news"?"----Would
you have considered it news if say, David had been arrested for a DUI?
Amen shaun_Welcome to the island of misfit Mormons, it will be good
to have some company. Take it from me, you don't need girls who are shallow
enough that will not date you just simply because of the fact you didn't serve a
mission. They generally entrap men into miserable marriages and have
unrealistic expectations of how they should be "provided" for.Like a hitter in baseball, be selective, your belt-high fastball will
come! Have a good one. You made my day with your comment--so honest and
refreshing. I thought I was going to have to see my dentist from all the
artificial sweetness on this page. To better days! And good for Archy on his
decision--he made it because he wanted to and no other factors--as it should be.
ClarkHippo | 12:52 p.m. Dec. 20, 2011 Tooele, UT I'm not the best
speller in the world. Earlier I meant to say "Congrats!" to David for
his decision. @ClarkKent 7:57 You said - "Gutsy
decision. Hope he gets to serve someplace where no one has heard of him, so he
can be a normal missionary.I doubt that will be a problem for him so long
as he serves outside of Utah."@clarkhippo, I realize why you
inadvertently misquoted me. It is because an earlier poster misquoted me. I was
quoting another poster on the boards in the sentence that begins with
"Gutsy decision". Just thought I'd try to clear that up so that
misquoting doesn't continue ...
@Cougar in Texas Unfortunately, the Telegraph's report is greatly lacking. As
someone who served in France 12 years after Romney, I can attest to the variety
of living conditions that were at times quite primitive, even into the 1980s .
It was a house built by and for rich people, said Richard Anderson, the
son of the mission president at the time of Romneys stay. I would describe it as
a palace. Newsmax.com: Mitt Romney Reportedly Lived in a 'Palace' During
Mission Days.@Bruce T. Forbes God bless you on your mission, Elder
Archuleta! Remember the scripture that says: Qualifications for Elders:
and appoint Elders in every town as I directed you. if anyone is above reproach,
the husband of ONE wife, and his children are believers and not open to the
charge of debauchery or insubordination (Titus 1:5-6.)A bishop then must
be blameless, the husband of One wife.( 1 Timothy 3:2).
Re: Kami | 12:49 p.m. Dec. 20, 2011 "Do ya'll actually think that
David is so well known world-wide that people will be falling all over him
during his mission?"Neither David or any of us expects anybody
to fall all over him during his mission. We do expect that David will make the
world a better place by enriching the lives of some who may never even know his
background.People aren't putting him on a pedestal but they do
appreciate an increasingly rare commodity he is demonstrating ......
@KamiNo one here is saying David Archuleta is as well known as
Justin Bieber or Brad Paisley. There are no doubt many places in the world where
David can serve as a missionary and not have screaming girls chasing him
everywhere, and that's a good thing.@shaunI would agree
that any LDS girl who automatically turns a guy down simply because he didn't
serve a mission is pretty shallow. It's just as shallow as any LDS guy turning
down a girl because she's had some, "past transgressions."I know of several guys who for one reason or another did not serve missions
and they truly felt worried about their prospects for marriage. It's sad because
none of us are perfect, and we all have issues we have to deal with. It's like my wife and I. We've been married ten years and have so far been
unable to have children, and more than one person has quietly asked, "Don't
they want kids? Don't they like kids" Luckily, a few of the
guys I mentioned, including one of my brothers, are married now and have been
sealed to their wives in the temple, so it is possible to find someone. I think there are more than a few of my fellow Latter-day Saints,
especially here in Utah, who need to not be so judgmental. @ClarkKentIf I misquoted you, I apologize.
Elizabeth Smart was able to serve a successful mission in France. Elder
Archuleta will be sent where the Lord needs him, and I hope the LDS Church
mission department isn't worried about media, etc. There are 350+ missions
throughout the world, I am sure there are plenty of places that he could serve
in relative anonymity among the people. Good luck to you Elder!
I'm glad he wants to serve a mission and I wish him well... but there's a down
side to his plans. David's not exactly super popular (other than in Utah). So 2
years away from his career could spell/speed up the end of it. He might not be
able to regain what level of fame he did have before serving his mission.Some will say a mission & serving others is more important. But as
Donny Osmond never served a mission, with the reasoning he could do as much
& still serve using his fame... so could David.Another thing, he
will have to be sent somewhere in the world where nobody has heard of him.
Otherwise people will be letting him into their homes and possibly be converting
for the wrong reasons... letting him and his missionary companion into their
homes because of who he is and not because they're truly interested in the LDS
Church.I'm guessing rather than hang around while his career
continues to fade he wants to serve a mission while he's still able to so he has
no regrets about missing out on that (serving a mission).
Can ya'll help me with a list of maybe the most "famous" people that
have ever been missionaries. If Archie does wind up serving I would probably put
him as the #1 all time..but I dunno, maybe I'm forgetting someone.1.
David Archuleta2. Elizabeth Smart 3. Shawn Bradley
To: Elder David ArchulettaCongratulations on your wise choice. You
show "Eternal Perspective" in your decision.I too chose to
serve a mission when I was about your age, after much prayer and thought. I
left at 20. My parents did not support my decision (in theory, thought, or
financially), so I worked full time between 19 and 20 years of age and earned
about half of the money necessary. The local ward mission fund supported the
other half. It was a good decision for me. That was a while ago.I
went to the New York City area to serve my mission.It was a Great
Opportunity to Serve the Lord while Serving Others.Lord Bless You
Elder David A!!
Don't Feed the Trolls 12:40 p.m wants to know two visible missionaries the
missionary office has dealt with before: "Name two. I
can't.'I'll give it a try.1. Australian professional
rugby player Will Hopoate (covered much lately in the Des News.)2.7
foot 6 inch Shawn Bradley, who served a mission and came home to be the #2 pick
in the NBA draft, to the Philadelphia 76ers.
ok cool...for our list, for now, let's go with:1. David Archuleta2. Elizabeth Smart 3. Shawn Bradley4. Will Hopoate>>Can ya'll help me with a list of maybe the most
"famous" people that have ever been missionaries. If Archie does wind
up serving I would probably put him as the #1 all time..but I dunno, maybe I'm
forgetting someone.1. David Archuleta2. Elizabeth Smart 3. Shawn Bradley
@ PA Rock Man, no offense, but the comment you posted was more
rude.........maybe Y-Ask-Y isn't a member and is asking a serious question that
they don't know the answer to. or maybe they are a member and are just
genuinely curious as to why he isn't serving at age 19........the polite and
christian thing to do would to be courteous and answer the question instead of
immediately putting their comment down........
I don't believe in the LDS Church anymore but the mission was still a pivotal
experience in my life that taught me a lot and that in many respects I look back
on with fondness. My advice to Archuleta or anyone going on a mission-listen
more than you speak and enjoy immersing yourself in another culture rather than
obsessing about mission objectives. My biggest regret is not listening more to
people and being so frightened about being obedient that I was afraid of fully
appreciating the culture and people I was spending two years with.
i am ashamed to see how many ugly, rude comments there are on here, this LDS
website. this is supposed to be an LDS site where members of the church can come
and read church news and express their opinion on the articles presented here.
instead, we see a simple comment asking a simple question being shot down. we
are all adults here, or at least supposed to be. we should be able to reply to
comments with politeness and respect, not things like, "Re: y-ask-y?? Maybe
you need to change your name. Asking why on this one is petty and silly. Get a
grip on how the Spirit can dictate, no matter what the age. I'm old enough to be
his grandfather, or maybe great grandfather, am currently serving with my wife
on a full-time mission. Sure glad no one asked "Why" when we decided
to serve." this isn't the way we should treat each other. theres no
problem with asking why. this person just wanted to know. no offense to you
SoCaLMtnCougar, but i think your comment was "petty and silly", so it
really wasn't right for you to criticize this person.
Hey, no one put me on the list of wonderful famous people who served a mission.
My deceased husband served a mission in spite of health problems. My now
husband didn't, he was raised in a part LDS family outside of Utah. Nothing
wrong with him. I am proud of the girl that is engaged to my step son, she is
willing to see him for who he is, not what he did or didn't do. He is the EQ
president and she is the RS president in their singles branch. As for silly
check lists on what is important, I had one of those, wanted a guy who could
sing, dance and play the piano, I married a guy in a wheelchair who's disease
affected his voice. By the time I met him, I had become less shallow and wanted
someone I could return to my Heavenly Father with.
To the comment on "can you imagine being this guys companion". Any
companion can be a distraction and take you off-focus, whether he is famous or
just not dedicated. I'm sure the mission President will keep a close monitor on
things wherever he is called to serve.
My heavens! Why we let one person hi-jack 6 pages of comments is beyond me. I
was very touched to listen to his announcement and hear his remarks. David is
obviously a very humble, tender-hearted young man, not unlike most who leave to
serve for two years. He puts on his pants one leg at a time, just like the rest
of us. I'm glad they're not announcing when and to where he's serving. I'm
certain that it would be a distraction, although it will almost certainly leak
out eventually. Perhaps the Lord will send him to a remote island in the Pacific
where there is no TV...who knows?I wish him the best and Godspeed.
This is AWESOME.....Its good to always see youngmen make great choices..just
goes to show you,that Heavenly father works in mysterious ways..I believe when
he returns his singing career will be just where he left it" AT THE
TOP"..Cant wait to have my kids read this article...HAVE A
BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY SEASON EVERYONE...
Be safe, Archuletta. Although I'm not in the Church, I do believe that there is
a net positive effect of taking some time to live a few years in a new
environment with a unique cultural influence to help broaden your
perspective.Hopefully, he will approach it with an attitude of
learning that equals his desire to teach, and he will come away from the
experience with a better understanding of people across the world.
He's giving up millions of dollars in recordings for this.
I value all members of the LDS Church, mission or not.
I am happy that he has made this decision. I do however feel a little weird
about the big deal it has become. First off, the kid has done nothing yet, other
than proclaiming that he intends to serve. Also, most missionaries sacrifice no
less than he will. In fact, by comparison I don't think he is really sacrificing
much. He has the money to go and when he gets back he has the talent and the
experience in the business to get right back in it. Not to mention the support
of his family. Many kids give their life savings, scholarships, jobs, and family
relationships to go on a mission. Again, great decision, but lets put it in
perspective. He is fulfilling a priesthood responsibility that millions have
done before him.
ClarkHippo, You are right about 25, if we add the caviat that this is the
rule for single males. Single sisters can serve at older ages. I have a good
friend who left on her mission when she was 28.The best missionaries
in my mission were often a little older. I think we all need to be a little
I have had a large number of friends serve missions above the age of 19. In
fact the one elder serving from my ward right now was at least 23 when he left.
In fact other than my brother the four current missionaries I know the best were
all at least 20 when they left.
Donn, Mitt Romney was assitant to the president for 6 months. He was a
missionary for two and a half years. That is not "most".Even the talk about where he lived as assistant to the president is generally
disengenous. The house was the home of the mission president, it was not a
residence that Romney had control over. Realizing this recalibrates some of the
extreme comments made in relation to it.
That's Great! Good Luck and Take care. The Fans will be here when you come home.
David, Your raw emotion as the crowd responded to your announcement was
beautiful to watch. Your desire to serve the Lord will make you a success
wherever you serve. Much love to you.
You know, I don't know why this is huge news, it's just another kid wanting to
go on a mission, this is Utah- it happens daily.Sure, I'm proud of
his decision, but.... I don't care if he is a celebrity. People are obsessed
@Skippy...I, for one, am very grateful that Donny Osmond and his brothers did
serve their mission in a different way." Had they not, I may have never
found the Church in 1972 at the age of 15. I will be forever grateful to them
for being my "first" missionaries. I honor their name for the great
examples they were which led me to investigate the Church. That being said, I
am extremely proud of the decision that Elder Archuleta has made. I am a fan of
his, not just because he has a wonderful voice, but first and foremost because
he is a wonderful young man who sets a great example for the Church. God Bless
him on his mission and I wish him only the best.
I watched his Christmas concert, and he was superb - his singing career has
definitely not "peaked." I congratulate him on his
decision and wish him the best.
He should date Elizabeth Smart when he gets back! ;)
DonnYou underscore my point about the Telegraph's incomplete reporting on
Mr. Romney's missionary accommodations. Newsmax merely copied from the
Telegraph.I did some additional research. Romney served at least 30
months. His stint at the mission home "palace" was 8 months at most.
So the Telegraph claims Romney spent his mission in a palace when 75% of his
mission was spent in apartments that, the Telegraph even admits, were
"spartan" and common to how the lower middle income French lived.If you really want to know the detailed truth of this information, just
look it up.The Manchester, New Hampshire Examiner newspaper also has
a link to a video and full transcript of Romney's comments on the subject.Again, I don't care about Romney's politics, but I do care how
missionary life in France is portrayed because I myself lived it.
I went on my mission @ 23. I don't think the lord cared what age I went but it
was the best time for me. I'm glad David is going on a mission. With his fame,
he might get sent somewhere where the name is less familiar.
If he is like any other young man wanting to serve a mission why did he announce
it like he did? Why not just submit the application to serve, receive the call
and leave? I applaude him greatly for his decision but it will be a
distraction, at least initially.
Why would he feel compelled to announce this during a concert? Seems like an odd
place to announce that sort of thing.
Great Choice for David! I was kind of expecting this after the Des News
reported last month he had recently gone through the Temple. Can't wait to find
out where he'll be serving. I would love to attend those Zone Conferences where
David will sing. I have fond memories of the talented Elders in my mission that
would perform during Zone Conferences. David's youtube video of
"Be Still My Soul" is very touching.
It appears that Y and Y got all the attention he wanted while trying to stir the
pot just for the sake of stirring. So I reply not to him but to others who may
find it of interest that in some countries young men can serve at 18. That is
because the post-high school education system is such that once a person begins
school, if he leaves to serve a mission he essentially has to make up that year
(i.e. take it again) when he comes back, if he is even allowed to get back into
the university. Therefore, some go at 18 and 1/2 and others wait until after
they complete their 2-year or 4-year degree.I have shirt-tail relatives
who rode on a plane with David from the West Coast to the East Coast recently.
They did not bother him on the plane but while waiting for luggage in New York
they engaged him a bit and he (though suffering from a cold and on a business
trip) was so genuine and sincere and just kept asking about their family. He was
in no way a "it's all about me" person. He will be an outstanding
missionary and have a fulfilling career in music on the level he determines. He
is much too good to be corrupted by Hollywood and if he chooses a different
route in his musical career more power to him. He will blossom and the world
will be better for it.
I think that atheletes like Steve Young, Merlin Olson, or Dale Murphy did not
serve missions in their youth. However, their influence and example still had a
positive effect. And they can always serve a mission in later years. I
suppose Merlin is on one now. And Dale Murphy served as a mission president a
few years ago. Jimmer has the same opportunities coming his way. Davids
singing voice will be viable a lot longer than Jimmers basketball skills.
Cougar in Texas: I don't care about Romney's politics, but I do care how
missionary life in France is portrayed because I myself lived it. I did some
additional research. Romney served at least 30 months. His stint at the mission
home "palace" was 8 months at most . Spring time in Paris no
matter what,has to beat springtime in NKP,guarding airplanes where I was serving
my mission. Romney said he wished he had served in the military, I would
have preferred Paris. My point Somebody had to take his place in
the(draft) war and may have died for him.
Donn,Thank you for your service to this country. Your service is valued
and admired without having to buy into misrepresentations of how Romney lived
during his mission.His draft deferments for his ministerial work as
well as for his studies were both legitimate. Ultimately, his deferments ended
and he became eligible for military service and he participated in the draft
lottery.Deferments were available for various reasons. You yourself
state that you would have preferred Paris as I am sure most young men would have
at the time. I don't think it is fair, then, to criticize someone who applied
and received such a deferment when the vast majority of young men would have
jumped at the opportunity had they qualified or knew how to apply.Again, your service to this country can never be repaid nor adequately
appreciated. I share this sentiment with the vets, Viet Nam and others, that I
@Cougar Keith,I would say in opposition to your comment that David has no
excuse not to go. He has the money to go, the love and support of his family,
and not to mention it is his priesthood responsibility. In the eternal
perspective, he would be foolish not to go, and held accountable. Its a no
brainer to me. While I'm happy for him and glad he is going, I think it is
ridiculous how much attention this is getting. He is sacrificing no more than
any other young man who chooses to serve. In fact, in some ways I would say
less. We should not exalt him for doing something that millions of priesthood
holders have done before him. He is fulfilling a commandment from God. Good for
him, and good for all of the other 50,000+ young men in the mission field right
Don't delete this. What about Jimmer? Isn't the same opportunity to make a
living given to both of these young men and David is taking the high road?This is a fair question.
Re: In Arizona | 12:09 p.m. Dec. 21, 2011 "If he is like any other
young man wanting to serve a mission"That's the whole point.
He isn't like any other young man. His talents have put him in the spotlight,
and his public announcement will lead non-members to want to know more about the
church he belongs to.If you have a light shine it and don't hide it
under a basket.
It is a blessing when ever a person chooses to serve a mission. I don't think
that there is an age limit set on women and I don't know about the age limit set
on men. Another interesting thought about were to send David. Why some
out of the way place where no one knows him. That would be fine, but remember
that Elizabeth Smart was sent to France and from all reports she served a
successful mission, so I would imagine that David would be able to serve a
successful mission where ever he is sent. David will be able to come back
to a full music career. He has not suffered for offers for managing his career,
he just has made his own choices as to where that career is headed right now.
I think he had these mission plans in the works long ago when he split
ways with his LABEL. (which BTW went under)David is in full charge of his
career, and you will see him return and do exactly what he wishes to do. Now
what we think he SHOULD do! Congratulations David you and God Bless you.