It was great to see and hear Elder Archuleta again during the holiday season -
my season isn't complete without hearing David sing. The entire concert was
really good and I recommend people check out the whole concert stream while
it's available. There were many many soloists and international Christmas
songs in song and dance - everything from Hawaiian to African. David's
management actually released two albums while David's on his mission -
BEGIN (mostly inspirational pop covers recorded in the last weeks before his
mission) and No Natter How Far (a mix of never-released pop, pop previously
released on David's Asian CDs, and 3 songs from his Philippines album
Forevermore). I look forward to David's return in spring 2014.
Although my mission was one of the greatest experiences of my life, I
didn't have the opportunity for fame and fortune David has. I admire him
for putting selfless service to the Lord ahead of worldly gain.
This was a wonderful Program. Loved the opportunity to hear Elder Archuleta
sing during the concert!! Nice to see that he is doing well during his
Mission.Best gift we could have received!!!
Is there much room in the Church for diversity of service? I think that David
Archuleta could have had 50 times impact than a regular missionary could ever
hope for, had he gone around for two years giving 100 free concerts in 100
cities where members got 4 free tickets to bring their non-member friends with
them. (Record sales at the concerts might have covered expenses.
Also, thousands of members would have bought additional CDs if they knew the
proceeds were helping provide wonderful free-missionary-oriented concerts.)From what I have observed the effectiveness of all the new quantity of
missionaries has declined, as members have not been able to step up their
referrals that much. I doubt we will see anywhere near a 50% increase in convert
baptism commensurate with the 50% increase in celled missionaries.David could have impacted more than 3,000 people a week at a free concert,
versus 60 a week or less with the regular missionary method.
@Heart and mindThank you for reminding us of why faith is placed in
God and NOT man...
Heart and MindI am sure that your intentions are good but I'm also
very sure that Elder Archuleta is serving exactly where the Lord wants him to
serve. I also believe he is doing exactly what he believes is best for himself
and the Work. As a full time Senior Missionary serving in Central America,
my wife and I can tell you that the quality of the new and very young
missionaries has not declined. These 18 and 19 year old Elders and Sisters have
brought a strong and very special spirit, and an eagerness to serve into the
mission field. With the help of our local members through their referrals and
other assistance, our conversion and baptism rates are through the roof.
@Heart and Mind, Glad there is always the oppositional stance when there is a
nice, positive, non-threatening update article in the Deseret News. Your points
are well taken, but it was really up to David how he thought he could best
serve. Pretty sure that if his concerts are broadcast via lds.org, he is
reaching thousands of people, and having a significant impact. I say, way to
go, Elder Archuletta! I never watched American Idol, but even still, have been
proud of how he has always conducted himself as a wholesome young man.
Hollywood media show him, regularly, as they keep up with some of the American
Idol alum favorites and point out he is serving an LDS mission in South America
and it is always with endearment that he is mentioned. He IS having a great
As a missionary in 1978 our district sang and the taught the people at the
Sumner County fair (Kansas) the words of I am a Child of God. They sang it too.
I don't remember getting any press for that. We were robbed. Maybe we
were not David Archuleta. Great story and a great missionary.I
agree with Heart and Mind that could have been very good BUT maybe David needed
it more than the others. There were people he needed to find where he was at.
I know when I was on my mission Donny and Marie and their TV show
got me into more doors than anything else. I love the Osmonds for all they did
for missionary work.
My mother joined the church largely because of Donny Osmond. Missionaries come
in all forms. Who knows where I'd be without Donny!
Two reasons David perhaps needed to serve a more traditional mission; for his
own growth, and to set a good example to other prospective missionaries who may
be torn between worldly pursuits verses submitting our personal will to God.
Great kid.. He has and will touch many lives. His gift of sharing his voice will
Great music well done can be so effective in attracting people to the Church all
over the world. I served in South Brazil in 1961-63, and my mission president
had the inspiration to have me organize a mission quartet, which traveled and
sang in three languages for eight months, even appearing on national radio and
tv programs. Americans/Mormons/Missionaries singing popular music of their own?
it was a unique combination. And it was a big hit and opened many doors to the
missionaries. I'm glad David is having a chance to share his music to
attract good people to the Church so they are more open to receiving the Gospel,
as well as creating good will and softened hearts. And it's not about the
singers - the focus has to be always on the Gospel and Christ's mission,
and using good music to attract prepared people to that message. The referral
possibilities are enormous! And it really strengthens and encourages the member
Heart and Mind, Good comment. Respondents to you comment have good points also,
especially about how the traditional service might be for David's benefit.
Perhaps he can do a few of these "missionary" concerts after he returns
home, mixed in with what will be his business.
@ Heart and Mind - There are many ways for people to do missionary work. David
chose the way he wanted to approach it. Enough said. I'm sure if I reach 1
person the Lord would be pleased.