On Monday night, in the midst of his My Kind of Christmas tour in Salt Lake City, David Archuleta announced that he would be taking a two year break from music to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints.
Archuleta said, “ It’s not because somebody told me that I was supposed to do it, not because 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.”
The average missionary is about 20 years old, according to the church’s website. Currently, there are around 50,000 full-time Mormon missionaries serving worldwide.
Archuleta is known for his stint on the 7th season of American Idol and his first single, “Crush.”
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