Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mormon missionary David Archuleta performs at Christmas celebration

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Dec. 16 12:50 p.m. MST

 David Archuleta fans everywhere received their Christmas wish this year as Elder Archuleta, once again, performed at the Santiago Chile Temple Christmas Concert.

David Archuleta fans everywhere received their Christmas wish this year as Elder Archuleta, once again, performed at the Santiago Chile Temple Christmas Concert.

(LDS.org)

David Archuleta fans everywhere received their Christmas wish this year as he once again performed at the Santiago Chile Temple Christmas Concert.

Archuleta, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, performed four songs in Spanish: "Oh Holy Night," "Mary Did You Know," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Los Pastores a Belen." Some performances were accompanied by a live orchestra and a background choir, while Archuleta sang "Los Pastores A Belen" a cappella with the help of the audience.

Elder Jorge F. Zeballos of the First Quorum of the Seventy was in attendance and participated in the concert by sharing a Christmas message. Elder Zeballos said that although the world has debated Christ's actual birth, the important thing is that we remember and celebrate his birth.

The Christmas performance was broadcast live on LDS.org, and the entire performance can also be viewed there. Clips of Archuleta's performance have also been viewed on YouTube.

The former "American Idol" contestant and Utah native has been able to share his talents as a missionary multiple times. During his time at the Missionary Training Center, he participated in a choir that performed during a session of General Conference in April 2012, and last Christmas, Archuleta also performed during the Santiago Chile Temple Christmas Concert.

His fan base hasn't been left completely in the dust during the past two years; a pre-recorded album was released earlier this year, and fans still await his return, which is rumored to be March 28, 2014.

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com

ELDER ARCHULETA - MARIA SABIAS QUE

ELDER ARCHULETA - OH HOLY NIGHT

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1. violet4ever
Downingtown, PA,
Dec. 16, 2013

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.

2. Skykevver
Thomaston, GA,
Dec. 16, 2013

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.

3. Heidijoy
Bettendorf, IA,
Dec. 16, 2013

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!!!

4. Heart and Mind
BUENA VISTA, VA,
Dec. 17, 2013

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.

5. Chase
Saint George, UT,
Dec. 17, 2013

@Heart and mind

Thank you for reminding us of why faith is placed in God and NOT man...