The news is bittersweet, but truly should not be surprising to any of us. Rumors have circulated for months – perhaps longer – that David was planning to go on a mission.Now we have that confirmation.
It is a hard pill to swallow for the many fans who have followed David since he first sang Heaven on American Idol. And yet, who can begrudge him what his heart tells him to do? There will be much weeping, and as I sit here writing this, the tears will not stop. But certainly it is a selfishness that brings these tears. I will miss him. As will all of his fans.
But we have grown to love him for the very qualities that send him away from us for two years – his open heart, his deep faith, his need to give, his awareness and caring for those less fortunate. What else can he do but heed the call that sings so true in his heart? For someone so young, he has a courage and maturity that surprises me so often.
TDC will be here for the duration, we will add to the archives, listen for even a snippet of news of how David is doing, and hope that two years from now we can publish a post that says, “David Archuleta on Tour” and see the young man we have all come to love so much return renewed in mind, body and spirit.
Transcript of Mission Announcement thanks to FOD:
David Archuleta Mission Announcement
I can’t tell you how special it’s been being able to come back here and do this Christmas tour and sing these songs that just mean a lot to me and to have all of you here tonight with us. There’s no place like home. I always say that. Looking back through these last few years and all the support we’ve had and all the amazing experiences we’ve had and I’ve had, I feel very blessed in my life. While I’m home in front of you guys here tonight, I would like to make a special announcement that I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It’s not because someone told me that I was supposed to do it, not because that I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life. It’s just the same feeling that I’ve always followed, tried to follow, in my life. It’s the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges I’ve had to overcome, and the blessings, too. I’ve learned to trust that feeling and I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls. That is the reason why I know that I need to do this in my life. I just wanted to thank you guys. I’ll be going the first half of next year. I just wanted announce that while I was home here in front of you guys because you have done so much for me. Thank you so much.