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David Archuleta to participate in live, bilingual event with LDS youths tonight

Published: Tuesday, June 3 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Professional singer and recently returned missionary David Archuleta will be participating in a live, interactive, bilingual Facebook event with youths around the world on June 24.

Deseret News Archive

LDS youths around the globe will soon have the chance to virtually mingle with professional singer and recently returned missionary David Archuleta.

Archuleta, a former "American Idol" contestant, will be participating in a live video chat on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Youth Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ldsyouth on Tuesday, June 24. The event will be in Spanish at 5:30 p.m. MDT and again in English at 7 p.m. MDT. The event will also be streamed on the Youth Activities website at www.lds.org/youth/activities and the Mormon Channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/MormonMessages.

Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, and Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, will moderate the event. This will be the first of four live Facebook events scheduled for the next year.

Elder Christoffel Golden, of the Seventy, said this is an exciting opportunity for youths to participate together in “an uplifting conversation about topics that matter to them,” according to a news release.

“We are grateful that David Archuleta is willing to take this time to share his testimony with youth throughout the church,” Elder Golden stated in the news release. “I am confident that they will all be edified by the Spirit during this event.”

The title of the event is "Face to Face." Archuleta will talk about his decision to postpone his music career to serve a mission. He will discuss his mission experiences, share advice with future missionaries and share his musical talents. Those participating will be able to ask questions and make comments during the live video chat. They are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #LDSface2face.

The event will be both historic and inspiring for young people, Brother Beck said in a news release.

"These live social media events give them an opportunity to gather in a way they never have before in the history of the world," Brother Beck said. "This event gives youth the opportunity to see that they are part of something great and vibrant. It’s something they can invite their friends of all faiths to join and feel the Spirit.

"We are excited to hear about the experiences David had while sharing the gospel in Chile. His decision to serve the Lord is an inspiring story that will touch the hearts of young men and women who are part of the hastening of the Lord’s work."

Sister Oscarson is excited to see what questions LDS young people ask Archuleta and hopes for vast global participation.

"We hope that everyone will invite their nonmember friends to join in. This is a great member missionary opportunity and will be great fun for everyone who wants to watch and participate," Sister Oscarson said in a news release. "I hope that the youth who join in from different parts of the world will feel that they are not alone in their beliefs and standards and that they will know they are a part of something great — the Kingdom of God on the earth!"

Youths from around the world are already buzzing about the event through posted comments in multiple languages on the LDS Youth Activities page.

"David is an example of how to be IN the world but not OF the world," wrote Resty Erojo M., of the Philippines. "Great, can't wait."

Sierra S., from California, wrote: "I am so excited!!! I am looking forward to hearing David's testimony and song on missionary work!!"

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