David Archuleta, ‘American Idol’ season 7 runner-up, announced this week that he will be putting his music career on hold in order to serve as a missionary.
VIDEO: David Archuleta announces his intention to serve in the mission field.
Archuleta made his announcement Monday night, Dec. 19, at his ‘My Kind of Christmas’ concert in hometown Salt Lake City. In front of the crowd, the 20 year-old Archuleta explained that he would be spending the next two years to work full-time as a Mormon missionary, taking time off from music.
“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.” ~ David Archuleta
Archuleta is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and according to their website, the church has over 50,000 full-time missionaries serving actively. It is not yet known where Archuleta will be sent, but his work in the field will start in 2012.
“52,000 missionaries are currently serving in 350 missions around the world. They proselytize in every country where the government and political climate allow it. Many missionaries grow to love the areas in which they serve so much that they find it harder to come home after their missions are over than it was for them to leave in the first place. They return home as informed ambassadors of the nations and cultures where they served.” ~ Mormon.org
David Archuleta is currently wrapping up his annual Christmas tour. Archuleta, who lost the season 7 American Idol crown to David Cook, will turn 21 on Dec. 28.
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