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  1. jackryan4da
    June 18, 2013


    June 17, 2013

    My companion will be leaving to Talca to be a Zone Leader, which means he´s off to the Rancagua mission. I will be staying in the Concepcion mission! Sorry Mom.. I know you´re disappointed I won´t be David Archuleta´s companion :( Elder Collins is also leaving to the office to be companions with Elder Arroyo, my first companion! My new companion is going to be Elder Bueno from Uruguay. And the replacement for Elder Collins is also going to be a Latin. I´m going to be the only gringo in my house

  2. marlie7
    July 4, 2013

    JR -- Wow -- however, I am not surprised that they would want “our David’ to sing the National Anthem. He sings it the best of anyone, anywhere. And you are right about our archive of Patriotic songs. David has sung at so many events over the last 5 (no, make that 10 or more) years and so many fans have captured those moments for us.

    Here is one of my favorites:

  3. heidijoy
    July 4, 2013

    Happy Fourth of July JR and Marlie :) Nobody does it better!!

    So happy that David got to sing the NA at the Embassy!! Especially love that he met with the Honduran Ambassador!!

    Thanks for the Archives gals!!
    Masterclasslady and Pamela have a Retrospective Series today :)

  4. jackryan4da
    July 4, 2013

    Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July! (Team Archie) pic.twitter.com/rKOkThvcxJ

    Click to bigger but you my OD from too much adorableness! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, ok?

  5. jackryan4da
    July 4, 2013

    @DavidArchie 23h

    Get your digital copy of No Matter How Far on sale now at Amazon for just $5! Limited time only! http://amzn.to/1b7AHlg (Team Archie)

  6. jackryan4da
    July 4, 2013


    Happy 4th of July: The Land of the Free and the Home of David Archuleta
    Thursday, July 04, 2013

    Happy Fourth of July y’all! Today we are especially grateful to our Heavenly Father for our great nation! To kick off our Fourth we started with a prayer and then watched this video of David Archuleta singing the National Anthem:

    In David Archuleta News: Rumor has it that Elder Archie celebrated the 4th of July two days ago at the American Embassy in Santiago, Chile, where he humbly honored his country by singing the Star Spangled Banner! Nothing beats celebrating the USA’s birthday on American soil, but celebrating out of the country with David might come in a close second.

    Got any special plans for your 4th of July?

    God Bless America,
    Sista Beehive & Sista Laurel

  7. jackryan4da
    July 4, 2013

    DA @ CAPITOL 4TH 2010 (21-vid playlist of performances, interviews, news & BTS) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6WAmnuWCfI&list=PL817CC4C3D5EC152F

    Starting with DA singing the NA

    And Ending with BTS of DA’s time @ 2010 Capitol 4th (04 Jul 2010)

  8. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013

    David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Seventeen: Star Spangled Banner/God Bless America http://wp.me/pIgh-3AG via @MasterclassLady TY

  9. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013
  10. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013

    BYU-Idaho Alumni ‏@byuialumni

    Happy 4th from the BYU-Idaho Alumni! Rumor has it Elder David Archuleta sang the National Anthem two days ago at… http://fb.me/yJfHU5Kl

  11. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013

    Another terrific vid from MARCELLA

  12. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013

    FROM SANTIAGO PRESS, covering the US Embassy party # Santiago

    Of course I had to crop it!

  13. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013

    While hovering around the embassy site, I saw this article

    Foster Youth Benefit from Mentoring

    Mentors teach life skills, provide foundation for academic success
    By Carolee Walker | Staff Writer | 19 June 2009

    Washington — It doesn’t take much to become a mentor and have a positive influence on a young person, says 2008 American Idol finalist and pop star David Archuleta. “You don’t have to be this great, amazing person to have a really big influence on people’s lives,” Archuleta said.

    Archuleta is among several U.S. celebrities, including actors Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union and Michael Copon, who are supporting Children Uniting Nations (CUN), one of the premier nongovernmental organizations working with at-risk and foster youth, by pledging to recruit mentors and raise awareness of at-risk youth issues, including mentoring.

    “It’s important for foster kids to be able to talk to someone, to feel like they belong somewhere and to feel like they can express themselves,” Archuleta said. “A lot of kids — and not just foster kids — feel they aren’t worth that much and that they are not capable of accomplishing things.”

    “There is nothing greater than being part of a family, especially for someone who needs it so badly,” said Daphna Ziman, CUN chairwoman, at a State Department event concluding CUN’s annual conference in Washington in early June.

    In CUN programs, relationship mentors commit to spending two days per month building a bond with an assigned foster youth. Activities may include outings to movies, museums and sporting events. Academic mentors provide weekly tutoring. Both Archuleta, considered a positive role model for young people, and Copon, whose adopted brother was a foster child, are serving as spokesmen for CUN’s mentoring programs.

    “Watching my mother raise foster children has inspired me to put my needs behind the needs of these children,” Copon said.


    Foster care is a short-term alternative for children who have been removed from their birth parents or legal guardians by state authority. Unlike with children who are adopted, parents are expected to visit their children in foster care, except in unusual circumstances.

    More than 500,000 children live in foster care in the United States, according to Karen Bass, a representative in the California state legislature. California has more children in foster care than any other state. CUN works directly with more than 2,500 mentors in California and partners with agencies around the country to provide training for mentors.

    Children who move in and out of foster homes have a hard time developing an inner sense of security because they do not experience unconditional love, according to Clarence B. Jones, a scholar in residence at Stanford University, who was a foster child.

    Regulating emotions, developing self-control and learning patience are the most important life skills a mentor can teach a foster child because these are the skills needed to learn how to relate well to others, said Victoria Stevens, a clinical psychologist who develops training materials and conducts research for CUN on innovative academic mentoring programs for foster youth. Mentors also provide a foundation for academic success for foster children by demonstrating empathy and providing perspective to children who have been separated from their families and by helping to counter the effects of early trauma.

    Close up of Ashley Williams (State Dept.)

    Children who grow up in foster homes take the good — and the bad — with them, says Ashley Williams, who lived in 26 foster homes.
    Both of Archuleta’s parents are musicians and provided the mentoring Archuleta needed to find an outlet for his own expression. Even today, Archuleta uses music to communicate, he said. “When I sing, I feel like I don’t have to say anything.”

    But children in temporary living situations often do not have adults around who provide mentoring, which enhances many aspects of young people’s social and emotional development, said Ziman, who believes the concept of “family” today is met by the community.

    “We can’t look at ‘his child’ or ‘her child,’” Ziman said at the State Department. “These are the world’s children.”

    According to CUN, 59 percent of mentored teens receive better grades in school and have a better chance of going on to higher education.

    Ashley Williams, 19, entered the foster care system at the age of 10. Now a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Williams has lived in 26 foster homes and attended 32 schools. “My journey has been rough,” said Williams, who used church and school to overcome her emotional turmoil.

    At 15, Williams was assigned a mentor who connected with her and guided her through adolescence and helped her achieve the grades she needed to get into college. Today, Williams says her mentor’s family “is my family.” In turn, Williams helped found the UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Program, which guides foster youth on the UCLA campus through college life and helps them arrange to stay on campus during breaks.

    As a foster youth you struggle with finding yourself because you take a bit of everyone with you — including the bad, said Williams, who suggests that young people link up with a mentor and write. Although Williams continues to keep a journal and write poetry, there is one poem that she recites to herself whenever she encounters an obstacle.

    I have been abused, battered, scorned, and torn by this thing called life

    Yet I still stand with my head held high…

    I am not giving up…

    I choose to endure…

    I will survive this thing called life.

    Additional information on foster care mentoring is available on the Children Uniting Nations Web site

    Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2009/06/20090619145349bcreklaw0.8456385.html#ixzz2Y9HyPW2D

  14. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013

    Gray ‏@GrayAAA

    OKey @DavidArchie totally gives me motivation. https://twitter.com/GrayAAA/status/353138242331217923/photo/1

  15. jackryan4da
    July 5, 2013


    Jim Bennett: Has ‘American Idol’ lost its way?
    By Jim Bennett, For the Deseret News
    July 3 2013 5:27 p.m. MDT

    Well, I’m a big shot now. You have my permission to be impressed.

    Behold an actual email I received that confirmed my official big-shottery.

    “Good afternoon! Hope you’re doing well! We noticed your great TV articles on DeseretNews.com and would love to invite you to cover the AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 Auditions in Salt Lake City ….”

    At first, I checked to see if this was being sent by some dethroned Nigerian prince or somebody offering prescription-free prescription drugs. But no! It’s someone with a fox.com email address — not someone anyone has heard of, mind you, but legit enough to make it past the spam filter. I’m holding out hope that since they’ve burned through all their other judges, they’re going to ask me to sit in for Randy Jackson now that he’s the last of the original “Idol” trio to hit the road. I’d be an entirely adequate replacement — I can say “it was a little pitchy in spots” and “it was just all right for me, dawg” in three different languages.

    Truth is, however, I lost interest in “Idol” after local favorite David Archuleta failed to take the top spot way back in Season 7. Archuleta had been pre-emptively declared the winner by Simon Cowell after his final three performances, and I assured my then-6-year-old twin boys that the Utah kid was going to end up in the winner’s circle. And when he didn’t, my son Samuel was inconsolable. As he said his bedtime prayers that night, he asked heaven to “please bless that David Archuleta and not David Cook won American Idol.” Not sure if any prayers to retroactively fix talent contests have ever been honored, but, hey, you can’t blame a guy for trying.

    But that was the appeal of “Idol” back in those days. It was easy to get emotionally involved in the outcome. You weren’t just invested in the talent; you were enthralled by the personalities. The show went out of its way to make you care about these people as people, not just performers.


  16. jackryan4da
    July 6, 2013

    XxProjectLegoxX :
    I met #Elder David #Archuleta! http://t.co/Sp0LAXN7v6

  17. jackryan4da
    July 6, 2013


    David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Seventeen: Star Spangled Banner/God Bless America


  18. jackryan4da
    July 7, 2013


    New to me pic of David Archuleta with his grandma (!!!) The youth gene is clearly in @DavidArchie family. https://twitter.com/McKenzieHarr/status/353987663684055044/photo/1

  19. jackryan4da
    July 9, 2013

    DA’s cousin Vanessa & Abuelita singing & dancing bachata!

  20. jackryan4da
    July 9, 2013

    Looking for a great Christmas gift this early? It’s Deseret’s Summer Sale!

  21. jackryan4da
    July 9, 2013

    The David Archuleta Music Scholarship 2013 recipients say thank you. Check them out here: thedavidarchuletamusicscholarship dot org/recipients.html

  22. jackryan4da
    July 9, 2013

    McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr
    David Archuleta sang for good causes even as a very young boy. @davidarchie Returns 2014 https://twitter.com/McKenzieHarr/status/354762259882463232/photo/1

  23. jackryan4da
    July 9, 2013

    Utah native @DavidArchie auditioned and became the runner-up. That was his #IdolJourney, what’s yours? #BeAPartOfIt pic.twitter.com/7I67WfjaVZ

  24. jackryan4da
    July 9, 2013

    Love this article from our Canadian Archies :)


  25. jackryan4da
    July 11, 2013

    A new set of pix from the 2010 Acoustic Jingle Ball of Star 94.1 surfaced. So i put them in video format. Enjoy the early Christmas treat!

    This video goes to my Jingle Ball-specific playlist(4 vids) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJmYLxRXIu2T82Javui2_kfShl2UHMku1

    or the humungous playlist (103 vids) on DA’s 2010 Holiday Shows

  26. jackryan4da
    July 11, 2013

    Five years after Archiemania, ‘American Idol’ auditions return
    Television » The once megahit is now just a regular hit, but enthusiasm still high.

    By Scott D. Pierce

    In July 2008, thousands of “American Idol” hopefuls gathered at the home of the Utah Jazz to audition for TV’s top talent show. On Wednesday, a few hundred were lined up outside the EnergySolutions Arena as registration for this year’s auditions began.

    The show’s streamlined registration/audition system accounts for much of that. And, well, things have changed for “Idol” since 2008.

    “I think it feels less frantic,” said Stephanie Lewis, 22, from Orem. She auditioned in 2008 “and we were coming off that big thing with David Archuleta. He was from here and people thought maybe he’d show up.”

    That didn’t happen, but Archiemania was still in full swing.

    “I just remember being overwhelmed,” Lewis said. “There were so many people.”

    TO READ THE REST -- http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/56575926-223/idol-american-audition-auditions.html.csp?page=1

  27. djafan
    July 11, 2013

    JR, just want to commend you for all your chronicling of all things David. Praying for your Visa to go through :)

  28. jackryan4da
    July 11, 2013

    Batya is some crazy Archie -- love her!

    @Batya11394 1h

  29. jackryan4da
    July 11, 2013

    DJFAN -- awwww that is so nice of you to say. Thanks!

  30. marlie7
    July 12, 2013

    JR -- ditto what DJA said. You keep us so informed, remind us of wonderful events of the past and psych us up for the future (DA2014)!

    I love how videos and pics are surfacing from way back -- like people are so desperate for David that they are searching for something “new” to post, read, listen to, see.

    We all miss him.

  31. jackryan4da
    July 13, 2013

    Happy weekend Archies! Click to enlarge the pic :) Go ahead you won;t be sorry, tee-hee

  32. jackryan4da
    July 13, 2013

    One of the comments on this video caught my eye:

    I love the sound of his hands I wish I can hold his hands and feel his music in my soul ”

    BTW, perhaps it has been forgotten but the video above taken before his plaid-of gorgeousness-presscon-in-Vietnam was actually taken from the BTS vid posted by Team Archuleta entitled “Asia Tour 2011 Behind-the-Scenes and Events: Vietnam”

  33. jackryan4da
    July 13, 2013


    Announcement: Archuleta FanScene Will Be Closing: It’s Not Goodbye http://shar.es/AR3q4 ~Doc

    Understandable but still, :(

  34. heidijoy
    July 13, 2013

    Jr :( re: FanScene which brings me to thanking you and Marlie again for your devotion.
    Any chance you can add pertinent Archives from there.

    Thank you doesn’t seem enough but soooooooooooooooooo Grateful to you!!!

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