"American Idol" Star David Archuleta Puts Aside Recording Career for Mormon Mission

News   "American Idol" Star David Archuleta Puts Aside Recording Career for Mormon Mission
 
"American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta, who memorably covered Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Think of Me" during the seventh season of that singing competition, has decided to put his music career on hold for at least two years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David Archuleta
David Archuleta

Archuleta announced during the Salt Lake City stop of his current holiday tour that he has decided to embark on a two-year Mormon mission.

While fighting back tears, Archuleta explained to an enthusiastic crowd, "I would like to make a special announcement: that I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission. It's not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore. It’s because it’s what I feel I need to do next in my life. It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life -- the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling and answer when it calls. That’s the reason why I know I have to do this in my life."

Where Archuleta, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, will serve his proselytizing mission has yet to be announced.

To watch Archuleta's announcement, click below:

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