Pres. Monson and David Archuleta, a memorable visit

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  • Fan
    May 18, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    How amazing to be able to sing for the Prophet. I have been so amazed by your ability and talent to sing. It is wonderful to see some one with your ability stand up for what he believes in. After reading the comments, so many stand behind you. It would be nice to hear you sing some of the Hymns. What a great opportunity to share with the world your morality. Thank you for standing with your feet on the ground and your believes in tack. You are a great example to all those around you. Keep up the good work. We are very proud of you. Many of us love your Music and songs. What a wonderful talent you have to share. Thanks for taking the time to meet with the Youth. They need to see a strong and confident person.

  • zayne
    May 9, 2009 12:29 p.m.

    you are amazing and to sing for president Monson wow!!!!!!!!!

  • julia
    April 22, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    i an LDS to stay LDS sing at utah and new mexco

  • julia
    April 22, 2009 10:05 a.m.

    i an LDS to stay LDS

  • peggy
    April 8, 2009 10:18 a.m.

    Sorry, Kat, David is ALREADY a major star and his beliefs and religion have HELPED to propel him there. David himself will be the first one to tell you that. People are drawn to his high standards. If there is any holding back, it is not by his church, but by the music industry itself. David could be even more of a star than he already is if he was not being held back by decisions that are contract bound and out of his control. His church allows freedom---it is the music industry that is controlling.

  • ArchAngel 09
    April 8, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    What an amazing surprise for a well deserved young man that shines a light throughout this world! I will love you forever David!

  • Anonymous
    April 5, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    I disagree with Olivia & Kat. I do not think stardom with the likes of Madonna, Britney & others can even compare with Donny Osmond's. No other success can compensate for failure in the home. It takes a lot more than CONFIDENCE but integrity & self control to stand for what you believe is right. This ability to think, reason & choose the right is what humanity really is all about. A better person is one who has self-mastery and the ability to inspire other people to be good.

  • mary
    April 4, 2009 11:44 p.m.

    I was wondering why the pic was so formal--would have been nice to see Pres. Monson pose with his arm on the boy's shoulder or shaking his hand while smiling or something like that.

  • Barbara A
    April 4, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    You know it is amazing that some people don't understand a thing about being a Mormon. I have been a member most of my life. I have never once been held down and not allowed to do my thing. I have choices and I can choose to live by the choices I make good or bad. Its like obeying a traffic sign, should I go thru the red light or wait until its a green light. Hum let me see. God never interfers in our choice to choose how we will live and so David has his freedom to. You pay for what you do with your life. rewards or not David is such a good example who stands up for what he believes in. He has been taught to choose the right. I think that those who don't think that the church gives you choses should study again what they are missing out on.

  • Sam Lim
    April 4, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    Yes, definitely he should be the captain of the ship when it comes to his music career for he is the front man of the band. You cannot just let them not take you seriously just because you're young teenager plus he need to focus and concentrate with his career for one false mistake you are a gonner and this is one opportunity of a life time that you cannot take it for granted and he knows what he want when it comes to his musis career.

  • jessica
    April 4, 2009 5:03 p.m.

    THANK YOU DAVID you are the best role model out there!! im so glad to have a person out there i can so highly look up to! that is so cool that you got to meet President Monson!

  • Violet
    April 4, 2009 2:19 a.m.

    Olivia - David's band says he's the boss. He makes the decisions. David may be shy or nervous sometimes but he always powers through it and delivers. He also believes in his values and I do not think anything will sway him from them.
    And this is unrelated but I just wanted to mention that during his busy tour David visited a children's hospital, a youth cancer support center, two Mormon youth groups, and also met personally with Make A Wish children who were brought to several of his venues, and met with a number of other sick and terminally ill children who were at his concerts.

  • Anonymous
    April 3, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    Olivia I disagree with you about David he is very humble but he actually has tons of Confidence. All he has to do is get up on stage and he is loaded with confidence. His beliefs help keep him grounded. They don't now or never will hold him back. David stay just the way you are!!!

  • Anonymous
    April 3, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    I think it would be funny if David received an impromptu mission call by an inspired prophet during his visit to see how faithful he was. Sort of reminiscent of same of the pranks Joseph Smith used to play on church members to test their faith.

  • Olivia
    April 3, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    Sorry, but I'm going to have to agree with Kat. I really feel that his religious background is holding him back. It's one thing to promote sex, drugs, and violence, but it's another to be very aware of the sex, drugs, and violence in the music industry and CONFIDENTLY go against it through music. What David lacks is confidence, not sex appeal. Living where he lives hasn't allowed him to branch out too much. Now that he's in this business, hopefully he can gain that much needed confidence and become an even bigger star. Am I saying he needs to strip and flirt? No. There's a big difference.

  • Anonymous
    April 3, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    What is special about all of this is that David is really a good boy.....he doesn't try he just is! I doesn't try to grab and appeal to every women's just so happens that he is being David. He doesn't strip or blow kisses on stage, he doesn't need to...girls will scream no matter what he does. That's why I love David James Archuleta. He is really really smarter than we think. He knows what he's doing even though he tells other he doesn't. So humble, what a charmer!

  • Violet
    April 3, 2009 2:15 p.m.

    Kat, I disagree. If you listen to David's album you would know that David's music is quite different from Donny Osmond's. Sure David has a few love ballads but listen to David's tracks like My Hands, Barriers, Don't Let Go, Your Eyes Don't Lie, Desperate and some of his bonus tracks like Works for Me, Let Me Go and Falling. And check out his new song from the concerts, Zero Gravity. You can hear them all on Youtube. Good pop music doesn't need lyrics about sex, drugs, drinking, violence or anything else that would go against David's values.
    And everyone, please check out David's page at risingstaroutreach dot org. David's fans have already given $15,000 so David's dentist can bring dental equipment to the lepers and their children in India. We are now working on an additional $20,000 so a secondary school can be built for the children. Please check it out and help if you can. Pick David Archuleta as your reason for giving so your donation will go towards the $20,000 goal. And thanks!

  • Patti
    April 3, 2009 12:46 p.m.

    I agree with "That's a stretch", David being a Mormon will NOT hold him back in the music industry. First of all, the church would never impose on David what he should do or not do, what he must wear or not wear, how he should wear his hair, etc. Every one in the church follows their own individual conscience. Will he maintain Mormon standards---yes. Will that interfere with "true freedom of expression"----no. That is so ridiculous and really, absurd. The church will NEVER dictate what David can or cannot do. Rest assured that David will simply stay true to himself.

  • DJA's angel
    April 3, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    David is doing and saying and singing EXACTLY what "WORKS FOR HIM"! He's quite smart like that! He's an impressive young man who seems to be quite grounded and very HAPPY with where he's at. I'm diggin' his confidence!

  • That's a stretch
    April 3, 2009 10:46 a.m.

    Sorry Kat, but you're wrong that David won't be allowed to express himself. That's stretching the reality, to say the very least. I think you misunderstand the difference between being allowed to and wanting to express one's self in a certain manner. From what I've seen, David chooses to express himself how he wants to--even if that upsets you and other people who have mistakenly concluded that one cannot be both pious and artistic.

  • Kat
    April 3, 2009 9:32 a.m.

    This is why David Archuleta will never develop into a real artist. The confines of the Mormon Church will hold him back and make him into another Donny Osmond. This religion is so restrictive that it doesn't allow for real self-expression and growth. I used to be a Mormon but luckily my parents saw the light. I love David and his music and will wait to see what he does next but I am not really optimistic that he will allow himself or be allowed by his church to achieve a true freedom of expression.

  • Kerri
    April 3, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    David Archuleta is amazing. And what I wouldn't give to hear him sing How Great Thou Art acapello. This is my favorite hymnn. He looks very dressed up and neat to me. I love the way he looks even if he knew he was going in to see the president(which he didn't). I am sure the president nor anyone else cared what he had on. He is such a caring, wonderful person and singing for them without even knowing he was going to sing just shows how much he cares for people and how talented he is. I love and respect this young man so much. I will support him always.

  • Utah David
    April 2, 2009 11:51 p.m.

    What a wonderful way to describe Utah David A..... whatever the point is ...Little know utah are now in the world like the Jazz done for utah what a super advertise for state his church his family and all of us who just ride for the fun of it. Keep going david and expose utah to the world eventually people to ask what's in Utah?, say Mormons, LDS,what? Keep the good work up youre a hero missionary already Man.........

  • amanda
    April 2, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    I agree with anonymous here. He had a rare opportunity to meet with the prophet...wonderful for him, truly. I'm sure it was more 'circumstance' than the 'pomp'.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    Kinda surprised by some posts in different ways. I'm not LDS, but I know many who are and I really respect what wonderful people they are. I think its silly to say David wasn't looking appropriate to see President Monson as he was impromptu. I've been to temple square on a visit to SLC once, its really pretty. However when I read comments about the President its a bit unsettling to me to hear things about David must obviously be a great example to be allowed in the Presidents presence (don't believe in a current living prophet) like most aren't worthy. He's a human being. As a Christian I would only say that about God himself. Anyway, love David, he's an amazing human being.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    President Monson has met David before and obviously has great respect for this remarkable young man with the beautiful voice. He stood by him (and his faux-hawk) as he so beautifully sang our national anthem at the governors inauguration and shook his hand there.
    David is a great example to young and old. He has helped to raise money for several deserving charities and done firesides for youth groups. He is unfailingly kind, tolerant, and respectful.
    David was there with his band members to show them temple square and his dress and hair were perfectly appropriate. It was not a sunday, it was not a formal meeting, and he had no idea that Pres. Monson would be meeting with him and asking him to sing. President Monson paid him a high compliment in calling him in when someone informed him that David was there. President Monson obviously must love and respect this wonderful young man and his moving voice which is truly a gift from God.How amazing it would have been to hear him sing "How Great Thou Art" a capella. I can only imagine the spirit in that room.God bless and keep you David.

  • Cowboy Joe
    April 2, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    Yes, he can sing religious songs, but can he sing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" or how about "San Antonio Rose"? Those songs bring tears to my eyes!

  • Aidylmarie
    April 2, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    I am not a mormon but i am a member of an evangelical church.But we are using the same hymns as yours. HOW GREAT THOU ART & AMAZING GRACE ARE MY FAVORITES.If David will sing this to one of his concerts,for sure tears will overflow.DREAM COME TRUE...

  • Goose bumps
    April 2, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    When he sings, I get goose bumps!

  • Julie
    April 2, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    I'm not a member of David's faith, but I have met him twice and I can truthfully say that I have never met anyone as polite, kind and attentive as this young man. He is not encumbered by any prejudices. It matters not what color, gender, age or physical appearance...David treats everyone in the same gracious manner. He is simply the most charming person I have ever met. A wonderful example for our young people.

  • proud of the ezample name
    April 2, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    I think it would be a great honor to meet the prophet of our dispensation! And luckily a great example meaning David had the chance to actually be in his presence. I wish David the best and hope that he looks to the lord for guidance

  • sanders
    April 2, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    what a wonderful opportunity for a young man who is not only a great talent but a generous, kind role model for people of all ages. His humility and his ability to treat all people with equal interest and regard are just outstanding. He deserves all good things.

  • Violet
    April 2, 2009 7:11 p.m.

    Did any of the complainers actually read the article? He did not know he would be meeting with the president. "were visiting another office in the Church Administration Building when the invitation was extended to visit with President Monson." And that is the way he usually styles his hair, with the top lifted into little peaks. I notice he is wearing a white dress shirt and I'm sure he would have worn a tie if he had known he would be meeting with President Monson, just like he does when visiting Mormon youth groups.

  • Awesome
    April 2, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    I think it's great that David got the opportunity to meet with the Prophet--a man he probably respects so much. And really, I doubt that President Monson cared what his hair looked like or what he was wearing. He clearly wanted to meet with David and as a result, got to hear his amazing voice. :)

  • Thanks, David
    April 2, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    Thanks, David, for being a wonderful role model for adults as well as teens.
    Thanks, David, for being a living example of leading a life of faith to those of all faiths.
    Thanks, David, for being the type of person who's character, humility, goodness and inability to be judgemental shines through for all to see.
    Thanks, David, for sharing your gift of voice, that incredibly beautiful voice, for all of us to enjoy.
    And last, and least important, thanks David, for having such beautiful hair and not needing to wear a tie to be a really cool, great, sweet guy.

  • Mary
    April 2, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    Are you people serious. This kid has been an incredible example for his family, church, and has helped raised awareness and money for quite a few humanitarian efforts. He is exactly the type of role model we need out there now, someone who actually lives what they believe, and in the industry he's in that's not an easy thing to do. I've never seen him do anything that would embarrass his church or any of it's leaders. And there is nothing wrong with his appearance, no piercings, tattoos, etc, this was a weekday in an office building for goodness sake.

  • jmr
    April 2, 2009 7:03 p.m.

    Shall we not forget here that this was impromptu. David has been seen wearing a tie frequently when visiting wards, doing firesides. I'm know David's visit with Pres. Monson was not expected.

  • Congratulations David!!!
    April 2, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    David Archuleta, with or without a tie, with or withour a "faux-hawk" is one of the most wonderful human beings on the planet. He is a role model for people of all ages. Before judging him, do a little research and find out what this amazing young man is really all about. We need more people like David; we could all learn a lot from him, not matter our religion, nationality, or background. God bless David Archuleta!

  • linda
    April 2, 2009 6:51 p.m.

    David attended Temple Square with his band and tour manager and crew. I am sure he wanted them to feel comfortable in what they were wearing. David would never dress inappropriately. He didn't know he was going to talk to Pres. Monson when he went to Temple Square. Oh my, let's worry about what is important.

  • SP
    April 2, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    Fun little story. Nice picture. Looking forward to GC this weekend.