I find it interesting that some feel that they are in a position to know his
heart and judge his motives. I personally don't care when it was filmed
and what his personal motivation was or is. That's between him and the
Lord. From what I saw it was an inspiring, uplifting and faith-promoting
message. Why can't we just accept it for that and move on, without having
to judge motives or to try and figure out when it was filmed. Who cares? Since
i am not serving a mission with him I can't say how hard he is or
isn't working. Again, that is between Elder Archuleta and the Lord.
Lacking any direct knowledge I choose to assume the best and give him the
benefit of the doubt. I think that is what we all hope for from others when we
are being judged, evaluated, etc and they have no direct knowledge of our
actions or motives.
What should be obvious in the video above, recorded before his mission in early
2012 - in the video his hair is not yet missionary length. His missionary hair
is so short it looks like paint, not like the hair in the video. He also is not
yet wearing his missionary tag. And In Chile right now it is summer, not scarf
weather. But I agree - I wish videos like this one were labeled with a
recorded-on date so people wouldn't get confused every time and start
judging him. David does the same work everyone else does on his mission. David
also did work before his mission, speaking at stakes wherever he was in the
world. Sometimes he gets to sing on his mission and usually that is in
devocionals instead of sitting with the other missionaries. At Christmas there
are a couple of public mission concerts featuring missionaries and members and
David was just one of the soloists. There were other missionaries in the choir.
And there were missionaries in the audience with investigators they brought to
Where is the love of the Savior evidenced in the comments being made. Elder
Archuletta is engaged in spreading the love and message of the Savior, and is a
fine example of a priesthood holder honoring the calling which he has received
to spread the gospel to all nations kindreds, tongues and peoples. Using the
electronic media is the way the brethren have encouraged us to share the message
of the Gospel.
@ Coach Biff...it's only sad because you know I'm right.
If his mission president approves of the activities and assignments he's
got, that's what he's supposed to be doing there; doesn't matter
if anyone else did a lot of tracting etc. He's doing good, call it good. It
may include some unusual elements from time to time due to his fame.
I'm a 56 y.o. man who is amazed that this young guy, with major artistic
visibility has put it largely on the side to have this life experience and serve
like his age peers. He'll never regret it, nor will those with whom
he's been influential in sharing the gospel.
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
Sad to be critical of these kids. Wow.
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!
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.
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
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.
AKA please buy my CD and make Desert Book money.
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.
Judging from his dress, it is/was his P-Day and I'm sure he had his Mission
Judging by his dress, it is/was his P-Day and I'm sure he had his Mission
The video was made before he went on his mission. His manager posted it on
twitter for him.
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.
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.
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
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.
Dennis, because in today's missionary work, everyone else isn't out
tracting. Hashtag get with the times.
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.
@ Dennis, Why, are you his Mission President?
Well, Dennis, I'm sure he's done a lot of that. I know I did. How do
you know he hasn't?
Why isn't he out tracting like everyone else?