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A Picture Inspires a Thousand Words ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Friday, February 24, 2012

I find this ex-treeeemly interesting. You would have to know the small town of Vernal, Utah, to really know why I’m amazed. It’s famous for it’s Dinosaur quarry, but that’s about it (well, and now Betty’s Cafe). It’s about a 3-4 hr. drive from SLC on the central-eastern side of the state. I just really wonder what David was doing out there in this small rural, farming town. They have a LDS Temple there that is a beautiful one, perhaps that’s why he went out. Because, then later, he tweeted about being in the ortho’s office and watching a movie on the ceiling screen. He just keeps his motor humming, on that fine tuned and well oiled machine, all the time. :)

“Betty’s Cafe head chef Lynda Oaks held up a menu that former American Idol contestant and soon-to-be missionary David Archuleta signed on his stop in Vernal on Thursday. A server at the cafe Dave Everett said he was impressed by Archuleta, and said he doesn’t see too many celebrities in the cafe. Regular customer of Betty’s Nancy Jensen Birchell said she spoke with the singer during breakfast and he admitted that he had visited the Vernal Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during his visit. Birchell said he was dressed in Sunday best and very nonchalant. “Who knew you’d see David Archuleta in Betty’s,” Birchell said. The pop singer later sent a message to his more than 2,200,000 followers Facebook about the Roosevelt and Duchesne restaurant China Star. Archuleta announced in December that he would serve a two-year proselytizing mission for the LDS Church.”

http://ubstandard.com/stories/Pop-singer-Archuleta-pays-visit-to-Basin,10432

Tawna

Tawna:

That picutre (in the link) of him at the table, with the sun all hazy around him, there – in the middle of nowhere – … it has a surreal feeling to it. Especially if you know how off the beaten track this is. Waaaaayyyyy out there in the middle of going to or from somewhere else.

He just sits there. Eating. Nonchalantly, as they say.

I don’t know of any picture or setting I have seen recently that so captures the elusive essence of DA like this one does.

Bluesky

He blows me away with all that he does. Grateful for his music and example. :D

MunkFOD

I find it so interesting that he is there alone and yet not alone. He is so enveloped in the light of goodness that it makes my heart pound and stand still at the same time. The photo is of value. It is so David — in this world, but not of this world.

Tawna

For me, it is like the out-of-focus image that I see here, matches with crystal clarity his image in my heart. He is, and always will be, just David.

Bluesky

That is the quality that I love most about him.

As I said above: I don’t know of any picture or setting I have seen recently that so captures the elusive essence of DA like this one somehow does.

“Beam me up, Scotty.”

Somehow this silhouette, in silence, without seeing the good-looks, without hearing the voice or being (benignly) beguiled by his open manner and ready smile, speaks volumes — If by “screaming” you mean it seems loud, I agree. Loud has never been so quiet.

Meditation on David:
I remember one time there was a picture of DA in a cross legged sitting pose that spurred us on to many a discussion about his qualities of spirituality. But this unassuming image seems to capture a feeling, an essence, a tide of color and light that quietly engulfs me.

Bluesky

Bluesky, yes loud, demanding my attention, bringing, no pulling me into his space, yes engulfing me. You’re good.

And that picture is good. And David is one of a kind.

Djafan

That pic is so out of this world. I was just thinking, if we didn’t know it was David in that pic, would we know it was him? Of course we would. He has the most strikingly beautiful and recognizable silhouette I’ve ever seen.

Bebereader

Check out the artist Jan Vermeer. This looks like one of his. (Except for the ketchup)

Poof

Bluesky, Thank you for being in my David world. This:
Somehow this silhouette, in silence, without seeing the good-looks, without hearing the voice or being (benignly) beguiled by his open manner and ready smile, speaks volumes — If by “screaming” you mean it seems loud, I agree. Loud has never been so quiet.
He knows he is never alone even though he is by himself. This picture speaks so much about him. For some reason, I am comforted by it. I’m not sad. I don’t feel like he’s about to be lonely. I don’t feel like crying looking at it. I’m gonna be OK. He’s gonna be OK. Phew!

Angelofdja

This picture had me gulping in air, and waiting to exhale. It is as astonishingly beautiful as the man himself.

Skydancer

The photograph, so soft and understated, reveals rather than conceals what lies within…a soul of pure beauty, brilliance and light. He gets up on a Thursday morning and drives to a Temple well off the beaten path. It is not the first time he has done this. For David, it is just another day in paradise.

Angelica

107 Responses to “A Picture Inspires a Thousand Words ~ David Archuleta”

  1. Bebereader said

    Angelica,

    I’m in awe of the artistic touch you give to photographs, this one in particular. Thank you for the touch of ‘paradise’. It may be a quiet moment in time to David but it speaks volumes about the kind of person he is. One of integrity, purity and warmth.

    ###

    Isn’t this cute?? I found it on Twitter tonight.

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    credit candacerose13

    PS I still think Holly turns out to be Josh’s sister.

  2. David probably drove to that out of the way temple because he wouldn’t get noticed as much there, would be able to have some quiet, reflective time. He often comments on how he likes to take time to himself to ponder as he does while running–and we can assume, when he’s driving to the temple in Vernal.

    His life is going to be changing in a major way soon and he was probably taking some time to prepare.

    He bowls me over in so many ways, inspires me so. He’s an innocent in many ways, yet wise as a sage, lighter than eiderdown floating on the wind, yet deeper than the ocean. Who IS this guy?

  3. desertrat said

    great post! i’m mesmerized by the silhouette photo. if i was seeing this pic 3-4 years ago, i would have needed to know who was with him, what did he eat, how long did he stay at the cafe, what was his mood, etc. i’m learning to let go of david a little bit at a time. this pic tells me to let him be. as busy as he’s been the past month, i wish him many more of these peaceful, private moments.

  4. silverfox said

    The photo in the restaurant is beautiful and I agree with the images & feelings it inspires in all who see it, BUT it was in reality an intrusion in his privacy. He may have gone way out there in the middle of nowhere so that he could ponder & reflect the huge decision he made for his religion and what it may mean for him, his family and his fans. I doubt David would have wanted his photo taken at what looks to me like a very private time.
    IMO.

    And I don’t want him to go. Call me selfish, I JUST don’t want him to go. Period.

  5. Angelica said

    SF,

    Your protest is noted. Thank you. I appreciate your letting us know here whenever we happen to stray from what you feel is appropriate.

    I do want him to go because it is what he wants and that is far more important to me than anything I may personally endure as a consequence of his happiness. Period.

  6. nanaweize said

    This article and picture made me all teary eyed this fine morning. I’ve been to Vernal and I’ll bet he is the talk of the town today. David continually surprises me with his goodness.

  7. kaycee said

    David is always so busy taking care of others…his fans, his family, charities, hospital visits, etc…it’s nice to see him taking a few moments for himself and for the relationship that is most important to him.

    What an interesting contrast for him to go from all the excitement, crowds and promotion in the Philippines to “almost” anonymity in Vernal, Utah.

  8. Abrra said

    When the picture at the top of this article was posted in the last thread, the comments that followed were so inspiring! Putting them all here today makes the photograph much more interesting to ponder.

    Angelica, I am so glad you made this post today so that we can savor the beauty of a simple photograph of David doing something he enjoys. He might be holding his cell phone and tweeting “”China Star: American and Mexican food.” Hm, ok lol.” Eating and tweeting!

    SF
    I don’t get why you are so bothered. David was in a public place, not Temple. He is a star, it comes with the territory.

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    PaulaFOD

    Abrra

  9. sweetonda said

    The most beautiful post and picture! Thank you Angelica and all who commented on it.

    He is god sent for sure and radiates that love!

    SF, I feel your pain {{{hugs}}} I just want him to be happy and at peace with all decisions he makes. Who knows, this could be a blessing in disguise for all of us. ;)

    Wishing you all a fantastic day and weekend her at The Voice.

  10. Silverfox said

    Angelica,

    Why would you take my comment, which is my own opinion, to be a protest? This is your site and you can write anything & post any & every photo ever taken of David. That’s your prerogative. Your subtle sarcasm is not lost on me either.
    As for me not wanting David to go…I’m well aware it’s what he wants & why. That doesn’t mean I shoudn’t be allowed to express how I feel about it. It won’t cmkhange
    anything will it? I just thought, mistakenly, that I could express my extreme, but albeit selfish sadness, here on
    TV. It in no way was intended to belittle David’s need to do this. I get it. But I’m just a fan in pain and not looking forward to his absence. If I offended anyone, sorry. I’m not asking anyone to agree with me. Your readers

  11. Silverfox said

    My first time posting from my phone & I really messed up, but like abrra, I blame my phone for typos.
    Abrra, like me, you sre entitled to you opinion

  12. Abrra said

    Very nice replay site!

    http://wowhaneptv.com/2012/tv-5/nandito-ako-february-24-2012/

    Abrra

  13. cowboys4 said

    I just have to say that picture of David with Jasmine (or Josh with Anya) is so beautiful! I can totally see David enjoying activities like that with his future wife. Lucky woman she’ll be too. :)

  14. Abrra said

    Cowboys

    I want to thank you for sending me that link to the best video replays evah! Agree on the picture you mentioned, he will be a great life mate.

    Abrra

  15. SandyBeaches said

    Bebe #1…That picture is not just cute it is awesome. It is an orthodontist’s dream of a picture. The two of them have perfect looking teeth and exactly the same smiles in the pic. This is on the set of the series right? Amazing if it was just casual because they are definately enjoying themselves.

    I enjoy everyone’s opinion expressed because there are a geat many opinions on most subjects that in turn help us to learn and grow and understand every side of a situation. Personally, I like to know how each person feels or I may as well go and catch a few butterflies out in the nearest field.

    SB

  16. kaycee said

    Amazing how a simple blurry image can evoke such tender emotions. For some reason it gave me such a peaceful feeling… that all is well…and all will be well with his future.

    Cowboys4…true, that picture is all kinds of adorable.

  17. MT said

    Angelica,
    You have a very artistic touch with photos. I love seeing how it affected everyone.

    Bebe,
    That kite flying photo is all kinds of cute. :)

    Abrra,
    I love the replays there! Only two vids, much clearer, and NO commercials! lol And you can even go back to the days before.

    Did anyone else catch that “lip curl” when David/Josh was talking to the uncle. We just might see him clock the uncle before it’s over. haha

  18. emifriend said

    This:

    The photograph, so soft and understated, reveals rather than conceals what lies within…a soul of pure beauty, brilliance and light. He gets up on a Thursday morning and drives to a Temple well off the beaten path. It is not the first time he has done this. For David, it is just another day in paradise.

    Angelica

    Reminded me of this:

    Luke 5:16

    New International Version (NIV)

    16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

    I love the example David gives us of walking out his faith and living his faith in the small and in the big things. He has taught me so much.

    Thanks for another beautiful post and all the thoughtful comments…

  19. bluesky said

    10 – Silver Fox:

    I don’t know if there is a perfect way to grieve. In my experience grief just is what it is.

    I trust your love.

    On the Post: Angelica:

    I love your reference to “Another Day In Paradise”. Nice wrap. ^_^

  20. SandyBeaches said

    Bluesky, and yes we should perhaps respect people’s sense of temporary loss and leave them to their own feelings. We are old enough to understand loss and take it in our stride. I have noticed changes in people and the edginess and almost panic is there, now.

    SB

  21. emmegirl said

    A picture’s worth a thousand words…..or maybe, no words necessary.

    Thanks Cowboy for that link. Can’t access the previous ones but saw today’s, great clarity! I can see why he enjoyed the psychic scene, lol! He is soooo good. So interesting to see him more brooding, serious, not smiling all the time. He is rockin’ this acting thing.

    And love the pic of Josh&Anya/David&Jasmine…looks like one of those old Pepsodent commercials….ahhh youth.
    Who am I kidding, I NEVER looked that good! They are gorgeous. And they both genuinely look like they are having so much fun.

  22. emmegirl said

    SB, I keep trying to preparing myself for the sense of loss I know will sweep over me when he is really gone. I expect it, but I think I may be surprised at the depth.

  23. tanja patterson said

    obviously david was desperate for some alone time after all the crazy in manila. maybe he needed to rethink his upcoming mission? or maybe his possible feelings for jasmine? people are talking about him like he’s Jesus! he’s not Jesus but maybe he is a prophet which the Bible said there would be in the end times. oh so much to think about.

  24. Wow…the picture speaks volumes. Who would have expected that David would show up in such a remote place after just coming home from 5 grueling but rewarding weeks in another country. He could be home catching up on his much needed sleep..but no..not David. He gives new meaning to the phrase “one in a million”. Oh my gosh, how I’m going to miss him.

  25. djafan said

    I’m not going to claim I have a clue of what David is thinking or why he was there. Was it a private moment in a public place? I don’t know. It looks like he’s on his phone maybe texting or reading all our tweets! I saw the picture in an article from Vernal from a google alert and it grabbed me from the inside out lol. I made it bigger and posted in the previous thread.

    Angelica and her artistic eye went into action and enhanced it and obviously it not only caught my attention as can be seen by the beautiful commentary of many quoted here and on twitter. Beautifully done Angelica.

    I appreciate everyone’s feelings about David’s decision, there are no right or wrong feelings. As I have said before I freaked when he made the announcement and as of now I have gone into acceptance mode. I understand why he feels he needs to do this, for him. But do I want him to go? Heck no! Will I shed more tears when he leaves? You better believe it! I may even scream some, been known to do that lol David said in the ustream chat in Singapore that he appreciates that even though some are sad are still supporting him. That’s all I can do is support him.

    It’s going to be tough and sometimes we may be sensitive and defensive, I’m mostly defense commenting all over the net when anyone diss’s David lol But I’m going to need you guys here to survive the next two years so I’m counting on yous. ♥

    Just look at him. Who does this and makes me cry? :) BTW he twitpic’d this yesterday.

    @davidarchie
    Back at the Ortho office that has the TV’s on the ceilings

    Watching Despicable Me

    Hi. Haha

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  26. bluesky said

    “He knows he is never alone even though he is by himself. This picture speaks so much about him. For some reason, I am comforted by it. I’m not sad. I don’t feel like he’s about to be lonely. I don’t feel like crying looking at it. I’m gonna be OK. He’s gonna be OK. Phew!”

    Angelofdja,

    I love what you wrote there. And I am really grateful to Tawna for sharing the link in the first place so that I had a chance to go there, click on the article, see the additional picture at the bottom… and be amazed. I am really glad it was shared. I love it and what it speaks to me.

    And thanks to the admins of this site who saw (or heard… ((like, okay, so we were a tad loud ^_^)) …our collective intake of breath and posted it as an article in and of itself. I think we see what we see because DA has given us a glimpse into himself. It is the nature of the work he has chosen to do. And if I am healed, reassured, blessed, uplifted, calmed, and filled with gratitude in any small measure just by seeing him in such a time and space, surrounded only by his own thoughts, I think he would say: Good.

    And I hope just the same, that he is uplifted and calmed and blessed and reassured by the thought of us collectively thinking of him and supporting him and wishing him well.

    If a blurry pic of me sitting at my computer in the wee hours (it would have to be really blurry to hide the wrinkles and grey hair, and bleary eyes – that could be unnerving ^_^), writing to others around the world who are also thinking of him, would be of any benefit to him whatever: I’m all yours, DA.

    But perhaps it is just as well. I know he carries us in his heart as we do him. (For I have this to be thankful for: Although I have not met him personally and have not felt the need to, I am forever grateful for those of you who have and have made such an impression on him in so many countries and cities throughout the world. Because of you, I have a face. And he will remember).

    It is not a usual relationship that his fans have with him. That is all.

  27. Abrra said

    Djafan

    Thank you for that comment. The voice of reason is always a welcome relief.

    I adore the pictures that David tweets. They are never about “show business”, just David business. ;)

    I came back to edit my comment just to say that Bluesky you are so wise. :) Your post wasn’t up when I made this comment originally, but I just had to come back and make it right. :)

    Abrra

  28. Angelica. I love this so much.
    “The photograph, so soft and understated, reveals rather than conceals what lies within…<<<<<this!
    a soul of pure beauty, brilliance and light "
    I was thinking 'this photo belongs in an art gallery'….but then again. we have our own Angelica ♥

    This may be one of my favorite special photos ever taken of David.Especially at this time, at this very special time of his life.
    My guess is the photographer decided to just, snap a picture from a respectful distance,not knowing what a 'moment' she had just captured on her camera.

    As Bebe said:
    "I’m in awe of the artistic touch you give to photographs, this one in particular. Thank you for the touch of ‘paradise’. It may be a quiet moment in time to David but it speaks volumes about the kind of person he is. One of integrity, purity and warmth."

    The picture of David and Jasmine is great!

  29. djafan said

    David retweets Joy Williams.

    20h David Archuleta David Archuleta ‏ @DavidArchie
    RT @joywilliams “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso

    David tweets while we’re watching Nandito Ako…twitter went nuts!

    8h David Archuleta David Archuleta ‏ @DavidArchie
    Can’t believe how amazing you guys have been with the Trending Topics! Thanks for your support for Nandito Ako and the acting experience!

    David talking about the hand reader scene lol

    8h David Archuleta David Archuleta ‏ @DavidArchie
    @JoAnn_Banaga @kariontour @alwynzky Haha! Oh man, one of the best scenes to film out of the whole thing! Too funny
    In reply to JoAnn Banaga

    Nandito Ako miniseries goes viral!!

    David Archuleta ‏ @DavidArchie
    Having lunch, and a mom comes up and says “I’ve been keeping up with your show Nandito Ako. My kids have the song memorized.”

    Nandito Ako song is being sung all over the world :)

    David Archuleta ‏ @DavidArchie
    Awesome to see that the show and song have been able to make an impact even over here! Haha
    46m David Archuleta

  30. Heidijoy said

    David is out and about in his church outfit today posing with a pretty blond who claims to have a celebrity crush. Think he was in Logan Utah today at the Old Grill. He is really making the rounds of Temples and restaurants this week.
    Love also that a Mom came up to him today and told him she was watching the series and that her kids have memorized the song. I know he was thrilled and so happy of the impact here.

    I finally read the Alchemist (graphic) I definitely thought of David and his journey throughout. I can see why David liked it so well and it brought to light the significance of all his experiences and his journey.

    Appreciated the picture above and thoughts expressed. Such a contrast to the life he lead the last five weeks.

    Loving the picture of David and Jasmine. So much beauty,joy, fun and warmth.

    Enjoying the Mini Series. Never a dull moment and David has taken to acting very well. It was a relief to see the Palm Reading today. Needed a moment of fun!!

    Thanks for being here. Sometimes I’m off supporting David on non fan sites and always enjoy seeing Djafan there. I’m on twitter a lot and have sent meaningful articles to MJsbigblog and she has posted at least three of them. I guess I just like to keep David’s name out there while he is here.

    Brooke and Benton Paul are in Rexburg tonite and inviting David to be there. We can only hope!!

  31. Abrra said

    Thanks Heidijoy for the tip!

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    Abrra

  32. Sunny said

    I love that David can go into a small town cafe/restaurant and sit there and not be mobbed by people! People in the restaurant are just probably eating & talking & not even noticing that David is there. It probably is a relief for him to have quite time to himself!

    Abrra: love the pic you posted above of Elder Archuleta & the pretty blonde girl! Can you imagine how people are going to react when this gorgeous missionary shows up at their door? Some will probably join the LDS Church because they are so charmed by David!

  33. djafan said

    Moviestar Atlas

    On the cover: GERALD ANDERSON, JESSY MENDIOLA and DAVID ARCHULETA. Please grab a copy now! Available in all National Bookstore Nationwide and selected outlets.

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  34. djafan said

    Could David be that hungry???

    Hayley Thaxton @haythax7
    my sister made @DavidArchie a sandwich at work today.
    4 minutes ago

    PorschaJones Porscha Joy Jones
    David Archuleta came to visit angies today :) #celebatwork pretty awesome :):) pic.twitter.com/b96DJQ6U

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  35. Abrra said

    Nice site to bookmark for Nadito Ako videos. Looks like it kept updated to current episodes.

    http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll75/maddiejogirl/Nandito%20Ako%20Episodes/

    If you can’t see them, you might have to register with photobucket. Not sure how that works.

    Abrra

  36. Heidijoy said

    Abrra, Thanks for posting the picture with the blonde girl. sorry I’m technically challenged but saw it on Twitter. Teamwork

    He’s getting around like a little business man, Elder etc etc.

  37. Bebereader said

    That the song is making an impact all over the world is a testament to the power of The Voice. The lyrics are understood in The Philippines but the song is making an impact globally because the emotion in David’s voice is felt universally.

    There’s no getting around it; David is a celebrity. He’s used to being photographed even during his down time. I don’t think it bothers him as much as it used to. The haziness in the original picture gives it a surreal, dream-like quality and with the church clothes, makes it look as if he’s in prayer but I don’t think so. I think he’s texting or reading our tweets while waiting for his food.

    It feels like this is the calm before the storm. I’m not looking forward to hearing the date David is leaving. Selfishly I don’t want be without him even for two months so two years is unfathomable. But I know he has to do this for himself. And if non-fan friends didn’t get our ODD before, they will never understand hearing about how much we miss him. We’re all we’ve got, my friends. From the words of Harry Nillsson and sung by The Voice…

  38. bluesky said

    “And if non-fan friends didn’t get our ODD before, they will never understand hearing about how much we miss him. We’re all we’ve got, my friends.”

    Bebereader: Ahhh, you make me smile…. ^_^

    Shucks. My friend used to say that “normal” is just a setting on a washing machine. It has nothing to do with people. I agree. And I don’t think we need any Magtag repairmen to fix what ails us.

    We may not all think alike, but we all spin to the same cycle. ^_^

  39. ray said

    goining to mis him also,married fifty years today

  40. Abrra said

    Happy Anniversary Ray and Ann!

    Bebe

    Harry Nillsson was one of the greatest, most versatile singer/song wirters to ever live! Thanks for linking 2 of my favorite artists in one post :)

    I have had an interesting week. Just got full use of my PC today after having some “overheating” issues with it last weekend. I have been busy tracking where the best place to view/download the videos for the time when we won’t have new ones to watch. My family is away in Florida on vacation. I do enjoy having the house quiet while I work.

    Unfortunately , a certain 8 lb Papillon named Arlo got into some mischief while I was slaving away at my PC ;)

    The Crime~ several rolls of coins torn to shreds. Note the chew tow laying right in the midst of it all!!

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    The Perpetrator ~ Arlo,age 2

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    I picked up all the coins and paper and put them in a bowl for evidence! ;)

    Abrra

  41. ROH RUH! HAHA Abrra! oh, Arlo is so cuuuuuute!. did you forget to give him his allowance this week? It is Friday.:)

    Bebe, and Bluesky.♥

    seeing all of these new pics of David in his church clothes….
    sometimes,I just I want to make time stand still.

  42. Abrra said

    Sky

    He is a handful! Note he has a brand new raw hide braided thingy there in the middle of his crime scene :)

    I wanted to share this link to some nice .gif images relating to nandito Ako and Bench Photo’s. Too many to post!

    http://stuckonacloud.tumblr.com/

    Abrra

  43. tawna21 said

    Ray, a mega congratulations!! what an achievement!!

    bebe, I love Nilsson…lots!! thanks

    Abrra, does cute little Arlo know he is so busted?! :D Glad your pc is back amongst the living…we all go into a panic when your workshop is not humming :)

    Tawna

  44. angelofdja said

    Happy Anniversary Ray! :lol:

    Bluesky, Ha! Ha! I mean, really, what is normal? And who wrote the book? :wink:

  45. Lynnella said

    Love the article and the picture. So serene. Two nights ago, I was sitting in my dining room when I heard a knock on the door. I’m too short to see out of the peep hole, so I said, “who is it”. The reply was, “Mormon Missionaries”. I was delighted and they were shocked at the welcome they got. Since I’m a single woman living alone, they couldn’t come in, but we stood at the door and talked for a good half an hour. They were surprised at my knowledge of the LDS religion, all acquired since I started following David, and I told them I was a big fan of DA. Their faces lit up when I mentioned his name. I just pictured David in that position when I opened the door, and hoped the people whose doors he knocks on give him a gracious reception. As I looked at these two young men (both 19) I silently said a prayer for God to bless them for their sacrifice in His name. I’m not LDS, but I greatly admire them for many reasons. I did promise them that I would attend a Fireside meeting this Sun. night, so who knows what might happen. If I ever do convert, David’s witness will have a big part to play in it. He has been on a 4 year mission already, whether he realizes it or not.

    Lynnella

  46. Heidijoy said

    Happy Anniversary Ray!!

  47. Abrra said

    That’s a great story Lynnella. Thank you for sharing it with us . I have been thinking about all the reports of David visiting Temples and restaurants in Utah since he got back home. Those are 2 places that he will miss seeing familiar faces. You can see in the pictures posted that he is a favorite customer. Ah but those who shared Firesides and Sunday Services in the Temples will miss him the most. He is a shining example of what the youth of today can accomplish if they choose the right path. When I see him dressed in his white shirt and tie, it makes me believe he is preparing mentally for the next big step in his life.

    Abrra

  48. Suzy-Q said

    Happy Anniversary Ray!!! My husband and I had our fiftieth last November. So join the club.

  49. jans11 said

    Happy Anniversary, Ray!!! May you have many more happy years!

    Little Arlo is such a cutie!

  50. bluesky said

    Lynnella,

    Your tender and open post touches my heart.

    “Too short”, indeed. I don’t think so. Your courtesy and warmth stand tall in my book.

    bluesky

    PS Congrats Ray!! Me and hub are working on 40 years for 2012.

  51. PattiNC said

    Morning…the picture at 34, he’s still using a flip phone!!??? Not many 21 year olds have those anymore!!! LOL. Gotta love him :)
    Happy Anniversary Ray…I have such admiration for marriage longevity. I had always hoped for that….I’m hoping by the time David returns I will have found MKOPFTROML(For The Rest Of My Life)….dang at this point a date would be nice! Haha

  52. Abrra said

    While fans were watching rerun marathon of Nandito Ako and tweeting Watch Nandito Ako Marathon to make it #1 in Trending

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    The MAN, himself was enjoying life!

    @DavidArchie Nice going for a jog when it’s not too freezing. The mountains have a blue tint to them with the sunlight peering up behind them.

    Abrra

  53. angelofdja said

    Here I am sitting on my butt, checking on anything and everything David related and he’s out jogging for good health! Hm…possibly I should think about getting off my duff and do something physical! Should I put on the winter wear and get outside to begin shoveling all that snow from yesterday? Or should I continue this lazy morning in front of my PC? Hubby is still sleeping. He would be very surprised to see that I shoveled for him. Decisions….decisions… :wink:

  54. ray said

    thanks all.

  55. MT said

    Happy Belated Anniversary, Ray!

    I just want to say that you guys make me smile. :D

    Now I’m off to celebrate my mom’s birthday! Hope to see you guys later in chat. :)

  56. emmegirl said

    Happy Anniversary to Ray and your lovely wife!

    #53 angelofdja, lol!

    {Lynnella}

  57. sweetonDA said

    A very Happy Anniversary to you Ray and to your wife. So nice to see those who have stayed together. It takes a lot of work, sacrifice and Love. Congratulations!

  58. Congratulations on your 50th anniversary Ray.

    MT Happy Birthday to your Mom!♥

    Hope everyone is enjoying their day!

  59. djafan said

    Happy Anniversary Ray!!!!!

    Not only was it trending in the Phils but #3 WORLDWIDE!!!!

    anagfeleo Ana Guillen Feleo
    And we’re #3 :) ww tt Watch Nandito Ako Marathon :) pic.twitter.com/HEW1991H

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  60. djafan said

    David was up and out this morning :)

    David Archuleta ‏ @DavidArchie
    Nice going for a jog when it’s not too freezing. The mountains have a blue tint to them with the sunlight peering up behind them.

    The songwriter of Nandito Ako tweets David lol

    Aaron Paul ‏ @AaronPaulSongs
    @DavidArchie Was gonna jog too this morning but a certain Josh Bradley crying in a cemetery had me glued to my PC, I lost track of time LOL!

    The hands :)

    Cherry Mariano ‏ @cherry08mariano
    yezzz, David Archuleta Can Act a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc… goodnight~ zzzzzzz…

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  61. Bebereader said

    Ray, Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. Ray and many more!

    Love that pic in #60. Wonder why Anya’s eyes are closed. Hmm.

    Found one more pic from the photoshoot. Looking for the rest.

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  62. bluesky said

    Bebereader…

    I hate to totally ruin the mood (speculating about the pic above), but that is exactly how my husband – who is a Chiropractor – holds someones hand when he is going to adjust the small bones of their wrist.

    *_*

    Dr. DA strikes again.

  63. djafan said

    From AI. I have to say I was a little disappointed that JLO referred to the biebs especially since she has said she’s a fan of David. I have no interest in AI or this contestant but he sure set JLO straight on who his inspiration is, smart boy.

    Although judge Jennifer Lopez has compared his look to pop star Justin Bieber, Franckewitz said he draws inspiration from 2008 “Idol” contestant David Archuleta. He was 17 when he finished second to David Cook.

    “I thought David Archuleta would win. Seeing him go so far in the competition gives me some hope,” he said.

    http://communitypress.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20120224/ENT11/302240139/Milford-frosh-hopes-make-Idol-history

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    credit Bench

  64. kaycee said

    Haha! Too funny–Amber “hacked” David’s twitter account again!

  65. djafan said

    David was just twitter hacked by amber aka ambenim.

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  66. kaycee said

    It’s a good thing that David is such a loving and patient brother–especially since he was good enough to lend her his computer…such a trusting guy. I know they are just having fun, but I wish they would stay off his twitter.

  67. djafan said

    Kaycee, Fun is fun but I agree with you.

  68. MT said

    Dja, this tweet >
    “Aaron Paul ‏ @AaronPaulSongs
    @DavidArchie Was gonna jog too this morning but a certain Josh Bradley crying in a cemetery had me glued to my PC, I lost track of time LOL!”

    hahaha That is too funny!! And I don’t blame him. That held me captive for a while too. LOL

  69. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  70. betsy said

    Hi everyone, sneaking on my daughter’s computer to catch up. I am on vacation visiting my daughter, Adam, my sisters, etc. – many people that I love. <333
    But I am still connected to all of you and David. Always.

  71. Heidijoy said

    Djafan Sent you a DM

  72. Lynnella said

    Thanks for the sweet comments Abrra, Bluesky and Emmegirl. I’m always a little hesitant to comment, but thankful when I do, for the gracious comments people make. This is really the most accepting site going. I always feel welcome and love that you make everyone feel that way. What a great group of fans. I think it shows the kind of people David attracts. As they say, birds of a feather. Sometimes I feel like we’re all just little birds in a nest, beaks up, waiting for the next meal from Mr. Archuleta. I’m sure he won’t let us starve while he’s on his mission.

    Lynnella

  73. kaycee said

    Lynella, loved this…”Sometimes I feel like we’re all just little birds in a nest, beaks up, waiting for the next meal from Mr. Archuleta. I’m sure he won’t let us starve while he’s on his mission.”

  74. emmegirl said

    Lynnella, I’m more like an old buzzard, but my beak is up. :)

  75. loulou said

    Dont get me wrong but it sounds like little Amber needs to be put on restiction ! I love kids but they need to respect other peoples property ! That is wrong for her to do that !!

  76. djafan#25 – “I appreciate everyone’s feelings about David’s decision, there are no right or wrong feelings. As I have said before I freaked when he made the announcement and as of now I have gone into acceptance mode. I understand why he feels he needs to do this, for him. But do I want him to go? Heck no! Will I shed more tears when he leaves? You better believe it! ” Though I more than freaked, have aiso gone into acceptance mode….. until the past two weeks. It may be selfish on my part or that I’m just not as strong & self reliant as others but it’s not going to be pretty for me. So appreciate everything you say Bluesky. Though not intended, your words bring comfort to me.

  77. cq said

    loulou, I’m with you, having Amber hack David’s twitter is not right. Where is Lupe? This is David’s twitter account that has his fans following him, and if David knows it or not, it’s part of his business. If he does have a family member maintain his twitter account when he’s gone, he/she should only post stuff for David. When I read her comments, it felt a little unconfortable, only IMO.

  78. Abrra said

    Ray

    I follow The Unknown Comic on twitter. Here is a 50th Anniversary joke he posted today:

    An older couple married 50 years was nestled in front of a fireplace having a glass of wine when she turned to him and said, “I miss your kisses.” That said, he reached over and kissed her long and sweet. She smiled and said, “And I miss when you would hold my hand in yours.” He picked up her hand and held it gently in his. “And I miss when you used to bite me on the back of the neck.” He suddenly got up and walked out of the room. She shouted to him, “Where are you going?” He answered, “To Get my Teeth.”

    /giggle

    Abrra

  79. MT said

    Emme,
    “Lynnella, I’m more like an old buzzard, but my beak is up. ”

    hahahhaa Yep, little birds, big birds, old buzzards and all, our beaks are up. :D (Mine definitely is.)

  80. Abrra, hahaha!

    70 Betsy {{hugs}} happy you are enjoying your vacation!

    72.Lynnella, I love the vision of all of us birdies with beaks up.

    74.Emmegirl, old buzzards LOL!

    75 and 77.loulou, and Cq.
    ahh ,seems that big brother, little sister relationship thing, has obviously been working for her.

  81. ray said

    oh abrra .that was funny and so true ha ha ha

  82. betsy said

    Does anyone have a link to episode 5 NA? The above link to the PB account has them through 4. Every YT link I tried has been wiped. I wasn’t able to see it when it aired. I am home now and everywhere I look it’s gone. :(
    Is there a supersecret link that I don’t know about??
    If you don’t feel comfortable linking here, plz dm me on twitter or email me or let me know through some kind of secret code, lol.

  83. Bebereader said

    Betsy,

    Try this link:

    http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll75/maddiejogirl/Nandito%20Ako%20Episodes/?action=view&current=51.mp4

  84. betsy said

    Thanks ♥

  85. Bebereader said

    You’re welcome, Betsy.♥
    edit:
    Use this page for English translations, found on Fans of David and sent to me by MT last night. Thanks, MT!)
    http://fansofdavid.com/?page_id=67917#comment-967987

    Jon Daza, A&R Manager of Ivory Music had this to say on Twitter about David’s new cd, “Forevermore”:

    @jondaza
    listening to the initial mix of #Forevermore by @DavidArchie! Goosebumps!

    @archftw @mhel4dja @DavidArchie Forevermore is really good. David’s voice is flawless i must say.

    @jcjace14 @DavidArchie this album will showcase David’s wide musicality and versatility. He learned the songs in just a matter of hours.

    Love this and they had no prior practice!

    credit JR

    And this! Idk if it was intentional or not but I love the hazy quality of this pic from nelly. Found on Twitter.

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  86. MT said

    85. Bebe,
    You’re welcome. :) and I was watching that NA video this morning myself. 4:00-4:15 is killing me. I must have repeated that part at least twenty times. (and that’s a conservative estimate haha) Gaaahhh What a voice. ♥

  87. emmegirl said

    Betsy, hope you had a wonderful time with little Adam and your family. Secret code…lol!!!

    Bebe, love those tweets. He seems to just awe everyone he works with.

    MT, my chills start at 3:33 when he starts revving it up and then he puts the hammer down at 4:00-4:15. His voice just has this quality, a depth, that can’t be duplicated.

  88. I really missed everyone in the Saturday night chat last night! I almost want to say that I can’t go out because I want to chat to my David buddies!! Then my husband will really think I’ve lost it! :)
    Hope you all had a good time!

  89. MT said

    Betsy,
    LOL at secret code. haha Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

    Emme,
    Ok,now you’ve got me lost in it again. hahaha Almost brings tears from the beauty of his voice. *sighs* When David decides to crank it up there’s just nothing else like it.

    Fi,
    Sorry you couldn’t make it but how you had a good time. Chat was fun. Hope you can make it next week.

  90. MT said

    Geez, typos typos sorry

    Fi, that should say HOPE you had a good time. lol

  91. Blueberry Ice said

    Ray; Happy Belated Golden Anniversary!

    Lynella; So glad that you shared! A fine flock of hungry birdies we all are!

    It’s incredible to see all the twitterfest about David this past week and that his followers are steadily increasing. Just love how passionate, loyal and fierce his fandom is … really hoping that it can be sustained until he returns. Maybe we could trend his name every quarter just to keep him in the public’s eye.

    Emme; MT; Love how David can sing w/ anyone, complimenting and enriching yet can pick out his beautiful distinct sweet tone … one can never get enough of that voice!

    I can’t believe the one day I could sleep in, my internal clock woke me up for a nonexistent episode of Nandito Ako, lol! So I took the opportunity to rewatch all the episodes. I can see why David took on this project. We know how much he loves his family. My simple take on this story is that it’s about family love. Three lives. Three imperfect “families”. Understanding and finding true love being the common denominator. Anya has the genuine love of her mother but love alone does not fix the struggles of living in poverty. Holly seems to have it all but yearns for acknowledgement & love of her mother who scorns her in favor of her older sister. Despite a successful career, a supportive manager & best friend that makes up his “family”, Josh feels the emptiness from the loss of his mom and perhaps finding true love will fill that void. Maybe, each needs what the other has to offer? It’s been interesting to see how the storyline has been developing. What do you guys think so far? I must say I’m floored by David’s performance … just want to see him in every scene! I had to smile when I saw David’s CFTH pic on Holly’s wall & who doesn’t want to lock up Uncle Steve & Gerald together; Billy, Josh’s buddy, likes to eat; Chit, the road manager, seems sweet just like Kari and both Anya & Holly are very convincing as well! Can’t wait for tomorrow!

  92. djafan said

    I’ve watched video #85 countless times. David vocal power is incredible and he completely controls it.

    Joined chat late last night and missed you guys except the night owls Gladys and Bebe :)

    Forevemore’s release is tentative for March 15. With a single and video release of Forevermore. My stomach is in knots with the anticipation!

    Twitter Poll! Vote for David here!
    http://www.latina.com/twitter-poll

    Last week a new Polish Blog appeared a today I find a French David Blog!

    http://www.fringuesdeseries.com/2012/02/do-you-know-david-archuleta.html?spref=tw

    Do you know David Archuleta ?? Le site de David

    Je suis quasi sûr que vous ne connaissez pas David Archuleta… Ce jeune homme de 21 ans est américain et s’est fait connaître avec l’émission American Idol, émission dont il perdit la finale face à David Cook. Cela ne l’a pas empêché de faire des albums, de participer à la série Hannah Montana et de devenir une grosse vedette …aux Philippines ! A tel point, que la célèbre marque philippine Bench, qui avait déjà demandé récemment à l’acteur Michael Trevino d’être son ambassadeur, lui a demandé de rejoindre le clan des vedettes internationales qui la représentent. Le jeune homme a accepté et il a donc fait, ce mois-ci, le shooting. Mais son succès ne s’arrête pas là, puisque sa présence aux Philippines est également due à la participation à une mini-série Nandito Ako où il tient un des rôles principaux.

  93. djafan said

    BTW this old beak can’t get enough lol.

    TWITTER TRENDING PARTY TONIGHT OR TOMORROW DEPENDING WHERE YOU live :) All first words in caps to count for trending. Any combo of the two phrases.

    David Archuleta In Bunny Suit and Nandito Ako Week 2 .

    Wait moved up on ATRL to #73 a world tracker of music on demand.

    David Archuleta Wait 14.84 73 2 + 22

    http://atrl.net/forums/showthread.php?p=8618157#8618157

    Almost at 300,000 views! Stream Wait here! I created a playlist for easy streaming.

  94. djafan said

    On a sad note Phyllis is not doing well :(

    Sunny Hilden ‏ @SunnyHilden
    Prayers for precious Phyllis, unable to eat, laboring to breathe…holding her hand last night was profound, spiritual.

    Sunny Hilden ‏ @SunnyHilden
    @GwenPo Phyllis is surrounded by all your cards – what blessing of love you all sent. Her family is so deeply grateful.

  95. bluesky said

    Prayers for Phyllis. Hope she is surrounded by those she loves.

    Such a tender time.

  96. bluesky said

    Okay… whoever put the “DA is looking at me!” mgr at the top of the page?

    I love you.

    (I think this was at a book signing when he heard someones cell phone ring to one of his songs? Love it.)

  97. emmegirl said

    bluesky, shot in the dark…dja.

    I ♥ u 2

  98. Abrra said

    Bluesky

    Djafan had ZG ringtone on her cell and it went off. This is David’s reaction set to music of course :)

    Abrra

  99. betsy said

    I will never ever get tired of watching that video in #85.
    Never.
    I kind of want to talk about that and Wherever you Are and nothing else.

    Except this:
    Happy Anniversary Ray!
    Dja, new international fansites ftw!
    It was very good of Sunny to stay connected to Phyllis. Really. She is a good person.
    Blueberry – The Twitter love seen by the world. ♥ My daughter noticed all the trends this week. She’s not a fan, but follows David because of me. (and because she thinks he’s a sweet kid, lol)
    MT, it almost came to that while trying to find a watchable video. :) Thanks to Bebe and a few other people for linking me. :) ♥ ♥
    Emme – I had the best time visiting my family. (with the exception of a bout food poisoning, but that’s another story and over, besides) Adam has stopped calling me nana and started calling me Nina. Idk why, lol. He’s a doll. (his mommy has been teaching him Spanish and geometry, maybe that has something to do with it, idk, haha)
    That pic on the bottom in #85. Was that book tour, singing Bless the Broken Road?

  100. djafan said

    Bluesky and Emmegirl lol

    Abrra remembers well. That was me he turned to look at when my cell went off and I became a rambling fool haha. I think I smiled for a month after that look melted me.

  101. betsy said

    Dja, c’mon. That smile STILL hasn’t left your face, lol. It hasn’t left mine. :)
    Epic moment of a lifetime. :)
    (I’ll never forget it, and I wasn’t even there. I remember it well)

  102. betsy said

    Anybody else watch the Oscars this evening?
    I have a recommendation for anyone interested in a beautiful, quiet, lovely movie that will make you cry. See “A Better Life”. It’s english/spanish. With some subtitles.
    The lead actor (from Mexico) was nominated for best actor, and didn’t win. (he should have)
    Ok, so it’s not David related, but I want everyone I like to see this. It’s beautiful. :)

  103. betsy said

    One more thing and then off to bed.
    David’s sister just hijacked his Twitter again, and it’s really getting old. Once, MAYBE twice was ok, but it just looks ridiculous now.
    Rant over.

  104. djafan said

    Betsy, busted!!!! hahaha Actually I’ve been smiling for four years but look sure made me weak in the knees :)

    I’ll need to check out that movie.

    And I agree with you the twitter hacking needs to stop.

    Bench is such a tease but I loooooooove this photo shoot.

  105. bluesky said

    So… I suppose they just came up with the “ageless” tag after taking all these photos and trying to decide how old DA is?

  106. Bebereader said

    Betsy/Nina (lol),
    Your comments are a breath of fresh air. Never stop! I think you’re right about the pic in #85 from “Bless The Broken Road”. You have a keen eye. :) I watched part of the Oscars but fell asleep, as usual. LOL

    And I have to agree with you about David’s sister taking over his Twitter. He probably walked away and left himself signed in. As a lover of Twitter I recognize the ability it has to send messages to a large amount of people at record speed. In David’s case, his followers are increasing by the second. He’s not just David, her brother; he runs his own business now and siblings should treat that with respect.

    BlueberryIce#91,
    I loved reading all your comments on NA.

    Prayers said for Phyllis. Thank you to Sunny Hilden for following up and for letting David’s fans know.

    Fi#88 Just to let you know, we miss you in chat, too!

    Dja#92 So many new international fansites for David popping up; I’ve noticed it too. Egypt is another one. Thanks for info on the Trending party and WTG to “Wait”!

  107. Bebereader said

    PS The Bench photoshoot video in #104.

    Don’t be fooled; HE IS SUCH A HAM.

    That man was born to be a performer.

    Singing, dancing or acting, he has natural talent oozing out of his pores,

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