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Published: Friday, Dec. 27 2013 12:15 p.m. MST

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Harwich, MA

Why isn't he out tracting like everyone else?

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Well, Dennis, I'm sure he's done a lot of that. I know I did. How do you know he hasn't?


@ Dennis, Why, are you his Mission President?

Annie M.
Waupaca, WI

Elder Archuleta pre-recorded all messages before leaving on his mission. His manager posts his comments for him. He has been magnifying his duties as a missionary and has served as a zone leader.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

Dennis, because in today's missionary work, everyone else isn't out tracting. Hashtag get with the times.

Vancouver, WA

Dennis, do you know anything about missions? If you served one, you would know that you don't only tract. There's something called a P-day where you get half a day to relax. Missionaries can sight see, write letters, nap, play sports and yes send encouraging messages to people. In some missions, tracting isn't allowed. It wasn't when I served in India. Also, tracting is one of the least effective ways to share the gospel.

Syracuse, UT

He is probably reaching a hundred times more people doing this than tracting. What a wonderful idea...reaching many, many more people with a wonderful message.

Annie M.
Waupaca, WI

Elder Archuleta pre-recorded all of his messages before he left on his mission. His manager posts his comments. He has magnified his duties as a missionary and has served as a zone leader.

Florissant, MO

So was he sending this as a missionary or a professional? I would have been more inspired by his message if he had been in his suit.

Brigham City, Utah

The video was made before he went on his mission. His manager posted it on twitter for him.

Ladson, SC

Judging by his dress, it is/was his P-Day and I'm sure he had his Mission President's approval.

Ladson, SC

Judging from his dress, it is/was his P-Day and I'm sure he had his Mission President's approval.

Gig Harbor, WA

My son is serving in the same mission as Elder Archuletta and I can tell you he is working hard just like all the other missionaries (which still includes a lot of tracting). They walk(and tract) on average 15-20 miles a day. I think it's great that he can be a missionary and still use his talent with music to bless many people all over the world. He has an amazing opportunity to share the gospel and is doing it in many wonderful ways. Pretty cool.


AKA please buy my CD and make Desert Book money.

Downingtown, PA

Elder Archuleta does what all of the other missionaries do. He carries a backpack and goes door to door and he worked his way up from junior companion to zone leader. The video message was prerecorded in 2012 prior to his mission and so were the any other video messages that fans have received while he's gone. He also recorded a whole album "BEGIN" before his mission. He does get some chances to sing hymns on the mission as do other missionaries with singing or musical talent. And Elder Archuleta does have a personal 1/2 day a week like every other missionary and very very rarely he forwards a message for everyone to see. He has no missionary blog where letters are posted, something many other missionaries do have.

John T
Scranton, PA

I find it rather bothersome to see negative comments in here regarding Elder Archuleta's motives. If this young man was all about money, he would have skipped the mission altogether and instead followed a path not unlike that of the recreant Justin Bieber, whose juvenile antics seem to be in the news almost every day. I for one respect Elder Archuleta for his choice to serve, and he will be blessed for it - as will those have been positively affected from his mission work.

Harwich, MA

Yes I did go on a Mission. And I tracted every single day of the week as well as every other missionary in our mission. I also understand that the Church puts those with a public image on a pedestal and their not treated the same as everyone else. I'm also not blaming them for doing so. But I know for a fact that other missionaries wouldn't be so pleased when they're soaked the gills out doing what they're called to do and "others" are place performing in warm and dry theater.
This has nothing to do with money, it has everything to do with image. As a mission president I would never have had Elizabeth Smart out tracting either. And she didn't. Celebrity brings it challenges but I still don't thing if a young man/woman is of such a celebrity status that they have to be treated "differently" then they shouldn't go on a mission. Just saying.

Don Ira
St George, UT

Where has Elder David Archuleta or Sister Elizabeth Swift, preformed or been that has excluded him/her from doing as every other Elder or Sister been or doing. I am curious since I have only served local service missions and know of no celebrities serving with us.
Your reply is greatly appreciated!

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Sad to be critical of these kids. Wow.

Florissant, MO

Two things, from what has been posted. I think that it should have been stated that this message was while he was still at home. And it has been a while, but I thought the missionaries wear their name tags on P Day. He did seem awfully young and didn't seem to have the same aura that he did when he sang in those videos of him on his mission. I can see his manager doing this, it would be like a parent trying to help a child get into school before they get off their mission. So I take back my comments, but wish that they would have stated this was done before his mission. And again, now that I think about it, he seemed more like a young boy in this one and not the young man from the one this last month.

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