I really admire David Archuleta!
Amen, Cats. I'm thinking of all of the LDS "stars," be they
athletes or whatever, who did not serve. I would never judge them, as they may
have been led by the Spirit to not serve full-time as missionaries, but I know
many of them have regrets. Two years could have an impact on certain careers,
but in the grand scheme of things it's nothing compared to the potential
growth and service a mission provides. I hope his example paves the way for
others to so serve. Way to go, David!
Putting God first no matter the cost in fame, fortune or perceived opportunity.
David sought first the Kingdom of God trusting that all "these things"
will be added unto him... But I'll bet he did what he did without much
concern for "all these things." Love is love and it begins at the
headwaters of the deepest part of ones heart. David does not drink from
Goosehuntr, your "downstream" metaphor reminds me of the one(s)in
Lehi's dream where a fountain of pure water springs forth from the Tree of
Life, and the filthy river where people are wont to swim. I've often
wondered, though the record doesn't state it clearly, if these bodies of
water aren't the same one--pure and desirable at the head, but corrupted by
men's misuse as it flows along.I think David will be fine, as long as
he doesn't let his career go to his head and keeps the attention he gets in
perspective. There's a marked tendency for career people to do the
former.With the advent of social media, we're faced with the same
dilemma that's come with all the other technological advances in media that
have come along, even as far back as the invention of the printing press. How do
we use them to further the work of the Lord, knowing that the adversary will
also promote their use for his purpose? I trust that Bro. Beck, Sister Oscarson,
and David himself will keep the purpose and direction positive.
I wish David Archuleta the Best as he talks to the groups in español and in
English.He has lots of talent!!Does anyone know if
David's presentations will be archived on the LDS.org websiteor
another web location, so that we can listen again?? Tonight I
can't participate because I have other duties, but it would be really
nice to hear David A's words of advice and wisdom at another time.Thank You and God Bless....