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David Archuleta to embark on Mormon mission
American Idol star David Archuleta is embarking on a Mormon mission.
December 21st, 2011
03:34 PM ET

David Archuleta to embark on Mormon mission

By Lindsey Hunter Lopez, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Fresh-faced “American Idol” star David Archuleta is putting his promising career aside for a higher calling.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Archuleta – or Archie, as he’s known to fans – has announced that he’s embarking on a Mormon mission.

The 20-year-old Utah native shared his news at the Salt Lake City stop of his My Kind of Christmas Tour. “I would like to make a special announcement: That I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission,” he told the audience.

“It’s not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore,” the “Idol” season 7 runner-up explained to the crowd. “It’s because it’s what I feel I need to do next in my life.”

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  1. I'm a Mormon

    A lot of people are here are making statements that are only accurate in their own minds. I invite any one who wants to learn about Mormons to ask a Mormon... not anonymous posters on a lame comments section.

    For the record, there are many thousands of Mormons around the world, who are highly intelligent, educated individuals, who sincerely and truly believe on what so many here dismiss as "fairy tales."

    Check out mormonscholarstestify.org to hear from some of them.

    December 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      No, actually we get our facts from the Book of Mormon. I know, crazy right? You all are a bunch of nut jobs. Just like Christians. Yeah, we have read the Bible too. ditto.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  2. Colin

    Another young life put on hold and a career possibly ruined because of a stupid f*#@king superst.ition and parents who passed it on to their children.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Louisa Ferre

      this guy had a career,…pull the other one

      December 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Nah. This guy's career lasted that one season of American Idol.

      December 22, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  3. Colin

    The belief that an infitely old, all-knowing sky-fairy, powerful enough to create the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, will cause people to survive their own phsical deaths and live happily ever after in heaven, if they follow some random laws laid down in Bronze Age Palestine = Judaism.

    Judaism + a belief that the same god impregnated a virgin with himself to give birth to himself, so he could sacrifice himself to himself to negate a rule he himself made = Christianity.

    Christianity + a belief that aliens from other planets mated with humans who will one day be gods, that Jesus and Satan were brothers, that the Israelis colonized America and that magic underwear will protect you = mormonism.

    Mormonism is clearly the silliest, but only becuase it is based on a myth, which is founded on a legend. All silly superst.itious nonsense that should never have made it out of the Dark Ages.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Louisa Ferre

      fu.ck that magic underwire does protect you… from discomfort

      December 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  4. Noel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLC2BD994DBBE52CD5&v=6PDdMlGtA1A&feature=player_detailpage

    December 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Louisa Ferre

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP4-7VQV42k

      December 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Louisa Ferre

      did you catch that one fu.ckin' FCC

      December 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  5. amber

    We have secret handshakes??? No way I gotta go learn!!! Hahaa
    Ignorant people. My name is amber im from Dallas, TX. 19 years old. Been a member all my life. I play college volleyball I love to laugh & have fun. Im normal. "Mormons" are normal. Its not a cult thats HILARIOUS! We worship Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ. Living Gods. We have a Prophet now just as there were Prophets in old times how is that so crazy?? All my life ive had a choice to go to church or not & we are not forced to do anything( such as marry in the temple, go on
    mission)...I truly dont understand why my religion is so hated on. Get a life people. If you have this much time to criticize then you have time to go to LDS.ORG & really learn what we believe.
    Ciao!

    December 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Louisa Ferre

      Propaganda alert,….i get it [wink, wink tongue in cheek]
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHEqCXY2B-w

      December 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  6. Snow

    I wonder why Mormonism is so scorned upon.. Lets see two critical points of comparision

    (1)
    People claim a sky fairy came down and impregnated a mortal girl.. and they have no problem believing that as absolute truth..
    People claim a sky fairy came and communicated with a dude in 18th century.. and they feel it is all wrong/bogus?

    (2)
    Some selected few are influenced by god himself to put the words into a book, and it is considered truth immortal..
    This dude is influenced by some celestal object to put words into a book and it is considered garbage?

    what the heck? how are either of these claims any different?

    December 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Alex Trebeck

      snow the ground fairy is awarded1/2 point for working the useless and stupid phrase 'sky fairy' into a post. The moron award for today goes to snow 1/2 point ! kudos to snow for showing us all what a real ass hole is like.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • amber

      I always knew sky fairies were real!!! Hahaha!!!
      LAME.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • ok so

      Time to get back to school alex .. your recess is over..

      besides did you know snow is an atheist? did he offend your cute lil sentiments?

      December 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Colin

      Snow, which of the following is sillier and why?

      Harry Potter stared into the big black hat. Inside were magic gold tablets – which nobody else would ever see- which told Harry the secrets of the Universe, of life, death and the afterlife. They explained to him how, if he wore certain magic underwear, he would be protected from evil spirits in this life and in the end times; or

      Joseph Smith stared into the big black hat. Inside were magic gold tablets – which nobody else would ever see- which told Joseph the secrets of the Universe, of life, death and the afterlife. They explained to him how, if he wore certain sacred underwear, he would be protected from evil spirits in this life and in the end times.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Maybe you could buy a clue

      Snow gets 2/3rds of a point deducted for getting the century wrong. Old Joe lived in the Nineteenth Century.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • ok so

      and how is this BS any different from all the BS combined into the book called bible? zombie savior ring any bells?

      December 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Maybe you could buy a clue

      As it is the holiday season, after due consideration, the point judges have decided Snow will not have any points deducted, but will let her get by this time with a warning.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • haha

      @Alex and @Maybe.. way to be defensive of your drivel.. now go toot a horn for the holidays.. have fun

      December 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Maybe you could buy a clue

      Maybe would prefer to go on a toot if it's ok with you. Bah Humbug.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  7. Practically Everybody in the World

    Hello David, this is Practically Everybody in the World speaking.
    We don't want to hear about your nonsensical magic book and we don't want to join your club.
    Could you and all the other jerks who bother people both in public and at their homes please leave us alone?
    kthxbai!

    December 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  8. mary

    haha you all are very funny...im not going to force you guys to believe me but if you want to know the truth to everything how about reading the book of mormon for yourself instead of reading what other people wrote on the internet...enough said

    December 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • uhmya

      I've read it, its false. Ive read it 3 times. Its a lie, flat out. I researched the church after wondering if I was missing something. I sure was, I missed the fact that I was under the false assumption that Mormonism was a branch of Christianity. WRONG.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  9. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the deceptions of religion and the Mormon Church, we invite you to read the article ‘Mormon Church ~ Cult and Spiritual Harlot’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca
    All of the other pages and articles will explain how and by whom this world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9.

    Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

    December 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Abinadi

      For the truth, we invite you to mormon.org.

      December 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  10. Free Thinker Seeking Reason

    Sorry to have to be so blunt, but the defenders of Mor-onism are the real losers here. I feel pity for them because they have lost (or never had) the ability to apply the requisite critical thinking to realize that all religion is based on fictional mythology and supersti-tious fear-mongering. Only when a person has finally thrown off the evil manacles of theological indoctrination are they truly free.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      100% agree (but Mormons? Mormon?? What in the world is wrong with these people...Mormons???)

      December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  11. Izra Cresade

    David Archuleta is an amazing guy he is serving God for two years of his life he is a hero and a role model to us all David the archie fans are proud of you!!!!!

    December 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  12. Ungodly Discipline

    She danced

    Each jewel on her gown flying outward

    Perhaps never to return

    Each shiny gem in a cloud of total darkness

    She danced and she sang

    Her gown twirling like a pinwheel faster and faster still

    Soon to become many

    And many to become light

    And that light to become trillions of sparkles

    Still she danced

    And now the swirls were as giants dancing

    And the dancing giants would collide in beautiful confusion

    And forever the spinning would last

    Unless it stopped.

    ud

    December 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Clayton

      Very nice, hippypoet!

      December 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Thank you very much, but I am not Hippy Poet. I am Ungodly Discipline. By the way, I left you a love note on the guy that got layed-off blog.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  13. Tay

    Well I think it's great that he's going on a mission. And this is coming from a LDS member who is still waiting to go on mission. God speed David.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Tay, why is it great? I find it sickening.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Tay

      What's so sickeing about serving the Lord?

      December 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • uhmya

      Because you are not serving the Lord. If you were, you would read the Bible and see the whole truth, not the fabricated lies of Joseph Smith. Also the church does not inform its members of the full history of the church. You have to go find that out for yourself. My best friend is an ex-mormon. She grew up in the church her entire life, until she found out she was lied to her whole life.

      December 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Tay

      Believe me I do read the Bible and it is a word of god but I also read the Book of Mormon. And I truly believe it's also the word of god. Also how do you know it is a lie if you hadn't read it yourself?

      December 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Tay, it is SOOOOOOO easy to debunk your entire religion, that, if you can't figure that one out on your own, there is no help for you.

      Why do I think what you do is wrong? Well let's see......do you try to persuade others to become Mormons? Are you a missionary?

      December 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Lance

      Tay, The Book of Mormon has beeb substantially re-edited numerous times; not to make it understandable, but to change the meaning. The Bible, in all its versions, tells the same story which has never changed, NEVER. This is something that the Mormon church cannot deny, in fact, they say it's because God gives revelations through his prophet. If the Mormon god is perfect, then why did he need to change his mind about blacks and the priesthood and countless other controversial things. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that mortal men can become gods, yet Mormon doctrine says that men can do just that. Do you believe you can become a god? If you say yes, you are not a Christian. If you say no, then you are not a Mormon.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Tay

      You're right i'm not a missionary yet. But that doesn't change what I know is true. And once I'm a missionary I'll be out giving people a chance to know for themselves.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Tay, once you are a missionary, you will be able to tell lies to anyone who will listen. Congradulations! Why wait, start now!

      Better yet, why don't you take a non-biased, academic look at your religion. I can assure you, the brainwashing will begin to fade....

      December 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Tay

      Ungodly Discipline, Have you read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it?. Do that and I can assure you the life changing will begin.

      December 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Tay, I am name calling, I am telling you the truth. You are brain-washed and deluded. I could pray over a box of matches and it would do just as much good as praying over the Book of Mormon. You have never read it. If you had, you would already know how absurd it is. Worse than the Bible, also a useless book of lies.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:49 am |
  14. mary

    okay way to be a big troll...your flaming this page for him following his faith...that bull crap and you know it..how old are you fifty or something because that is the biggest lie i have read before i am proud of him..serving a mission is a promise to god that they can devolt a full two years of their life serving him and if they can accomplish that then god will know how serious they are..what other religion has the guts to send their sons and daughters out in the world full of people like you! And hope they are safe for believing that god still loves us enough to give us a prophet. Really..im eieghteen and in the religion..so shut your mouth if you are not ether one. Happy for him or two. Know for sure what the heck your talking about..thank you! Oh and by the way..we dont have secret handshakes...thats for first graders

    December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Bizarre

      mary
      "...god still loves us enough to give us a prophet."

      Who might that prophet be? What is your verified evidence that he is a prophet? (notice that I said *he*, since there is no chance that it is a female)

      p.s. I thought that they taught you chosen kids better English in school.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Clayton

      Talking through your hat, mary? Funny. That's what Smith did. He also got caught and put in jail for religious fraud before doing it again and again in forming the LDS church – while actually talking through his hat. Look it up.
      Still there? Mary? Hello?

      December 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • N

      Ok, fine, we'll call them Tokens. Just because you don't call them handshakes doesn't mean they aren't handshakes. And just because we call it a trinity doesn't mean you believe the same thing. 🙂

      December 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
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    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship ever !!!) !!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  16. Ungodly Discipline

    Who in the hell is David Archuleta?

    December 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  17. Clayton

    Mission? Yet he is not accomplishing anything worthwhile. Instead he is working for free like a chump for the LDS. In return they will give him more magic underwear, a secret handshake, and a job working for his despotic religion of greed.
    Mormons need to be expelled from this country. If they would all just go on a "mission" and never come back I would be okay with that.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  18. Reality

    Dear David,

    Time for some history/religion before you depart:

    Putting the final kibosh on religion to include Mormonism and therefore this blog. The moderators will now have to find new jobs/Jobs.

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    A quick Google, Bing or Yahoo search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    December 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • .........

      put the final kibosh on reality hit report abuse on all reality bull sh it

      December 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Colin

      To the person who keeps saying hit "report abuse" to his postings, why are you too cowardly to publish your name?

      December 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • .........

      The name is Colin

      December 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  19. Doc Vestibule

    The LDS have a long history of insti/tutionalized racism!

    1. "The Juvenile Instructor" is an LDS tome used to indoctrinate children.
    Here is an excerpt from an early edition:
    "We will first inquire into the results of the approbation or displeasure of God upon a people, starting with the belief that a black skin is a mark of the curse of Heaven placed upon some portions of mankind. Some, however, will argue that a black skin is not a curse, nor a white skin a blessing. In fact, some have been so foolish as to believe and say that a black skin is a blessing, and that the ne.gro is the finest type of a perfect man that exists on the earth; but to us such teachings are foolishness.
    We understand that when God made man in his own image and pronounced him very good, that he made him white. We have no record of any of God's favored servants being of a black race...every angel who ever brought a message of God's mercy to man was beautiful to look upon, clad in the purest white and with a countenance bright as the noonday sun. (Juvenile Instructor, Vol. 3, page 157)
    100 years later, LDS followers became more "tolerant" and published statements like this:
    "I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Neg.ro. Dar.kies are wonderful people, and they have their place in our church."
    – Joseph Fielding Smith, Look magazine, October 22, 1963, page 79
    In 1947, Dr. Lowry Nelson – a Mormon himself – sent a letter to the Mormon First Presidency questioning the official racist doctrines.
    The reply he received said, in part:
    "From the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith even until now, it is has been the doctrine of the Church, never questioned by any of the Church leaders, that the Neg.roes are not ent.itled to the full blessings of the Gospel.
    "Furthermore your ideas, as we understand them, appear to contemplate the intermarriage of the Neg.ro and White races, a concept which has heretofore been most repugnant to most normal-minded people from the ancient partiarchs till now. God's rule for Israel, His Chosen People, has been endogamous."
    – George Albert Smith J. Reuben Clark, Jr. David O. McKay
    Finally, in 1978 the Mormons had a revelation allowing blacks into the priesthood – conveniently at the exact time that they were expanding beyond the U.S. into countries full of "cursed" people, like Brazil.
    Today, while there is no official policy of segregation, the old prejudices still exist.
    Black LDS church member Darron Smith wrote in 2003:
    "Even though the priesthood ban was repealed in 1978, the discourse that constructs what blackness means is still very much intact today. Under the direction of President Spencer W. Kimball, the First Presidency and the Twelve removed the policy that denied black people the priesthood but did very little to disrupt the multiple discourses that had fostered the policy in the first place. Hence there are Church members today who continue to summon and teach at every level of Church education the racial discourse that black people are descendants of Cain, that they merited lesser earthly privilege because they were "fence-sitters" in the War in Heaven, and that, science and climatic factors aside, there is a link between skin color and righteousness"

    December 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  20. Doc Vestibule

    The LDS are all about the money!

    "Ti.thing is an important test of our personal righteousness. President Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918) said: “By this principle it shall be known who is for the kingdom of God and who is against it. … By it it shall be known whether we are faithful or unfaithful” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 276)."
    To make sure congregants are paying up, each year they must go before a Bishop for a Ti.thing Settlement.
    A member is questioned in a one-on-one interview with the Bishop to ensure the member is paying a full 10%.
    Those members who are not paying a full 10% lose their temple recommendations and are prevented from entering the Temple and therefore are in serious jeopardy of losing their Celestial blessings.
    If a member cannot get into the temple, they cannot learn the secret handshake, secret password, secret "new name" and special “sealings”.
    Without these, the member will be unable to pass Joseph Smith and the angels who guard the entrance to the Celestial Kingdom.
    Mormons are told: "if a dest.itute family is faced with the decision of paying their ti.thing or eating, they should pay their t.ithing." (Lynn Robbins, General Conference, April 2005).

    December 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • captain america

      No American worth his salt needs a canadian to tell them anything. We require no canadian instruction,explanation or opinion. We will think for ourselves and continue to rule the world without any credit to any canadian. There's your sign.

      December 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
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