American Idol alum David Archuleta announced he would put his music career on hold to serve a two-year Mormon mission during one of his â€œMy Kind of Christmasâ€ tour concerts in Salt Lake City, Utah (watch video below).
The 20 year-old season seven runner-up got emotional and held back tears as he announced to news to the crowd. David was simply following his heart and his faith when he chose to serve a full-time mission. Fans should fully support his decision.
David said, “I have decided to make a special annoucement, that I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission. It’s not because somebody 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 has allowed me to have the opportunities that I’ve had, the challenges that I’ve overcome and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling, and I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls. And that is the reason why I know I need to do this in my life.â€
This news arenâ€™t exactly surprising since itâ€™s typical for young male members of the Mormon church to embark on a missionary journey anywhere around the world for a couple of years to spread the message.
According to the rules, the Mormon missionary is only allowed to make two phone calls a year to their mother on Christmas and Motherâ€™s Day. David is expected to start his mission in the first half of 2012, but thereâ€™s no information about where he will be sent to.
Stay strong, David!
David Archuleta Mormon Mission Emotional Announcement Video