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David Archuleta ~ Spanish Face to Face Chat Translated!

Posted by djafan on Monday, June 30, 2014

First Song: I Am A Child Of God.

Sir: What a beautiful song David, thank you. And thank you for being here with us today.
David: Yes, it’s a pleasure for me to be here with you, thank you.
Sir: We have received many questions David, are you ready to answer?
David: Yes, I believe so.
Sir: How are you?
David: I’m very well, I’m very happy, I love that song. It always fills me with joy, so I’m very well.
Sir: There is a question in regards to music. David, it’s obvious that music is an important part of your life, tell us why it is so important to you?
David: That’s a good question. Well, I think since I was young, six years old and also before, I always felt something with music. My parents, both sides of my family, were always doing things with music. I always felt something different and when I would start to sing I think I would feel that same thing. I was always singing in the house and in the yard and things like that. But when others started listening I realized that they felt something and I could tell that they were feeling the same thing as I. They would say, I feel something now, thank you for singing. It took me some time to understand what was happening because I didn’t think I sang very well but I liked doing it. When that happened I realized that it was a gift, that they could feel the same thing as I. It’s not like saying, oh I have a gift. It’s a blessing for me to feel closer to God and closer to other people. And it was incredible that others could feel the same thing, which is the power of music.
Madam: When you face challenges is there a song that helps you?
David: Wow there are many songs that always help me. Well if we’re speaking of hymns, there is one that I’d like to sing today. This was a song that I sang during my mission, I sang more than any other song. I’d like to share it with everyone. There are many songs; it’s a very difficult question. There is one called “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
Madam: That is one of my favorites too.
David: I’ve listened to it so many times. I also like other songs, not only church songs, hymns. There is one that is called What A Wonderful World, I love it. Songs like this make me happy. But, I was speaking with someone the other day and I was saying there is one song that I’ve listened to the most and has made me cry, in Spanish, it’s “Source of My Blessings.” That song says that we are not perfect, but we still feel we need to be closer to God.
Madam: And God takes our hearts, we get closer to him.
David: Yes.
Sir: David, we received a question from Gladys of Argentina, she asks, I’d like to know if you have ever written a hymn, or would you like to?
David: Oh, I never have but it would be interesting to try it, I’ve thought about, I tried once, but it is difficult. I’m developing my songwriting skills. Even writing pop songs was a bit difficult for me. But since returning from my mission I’ve been writing a lot. I’m feeling more comfortable with that. I don’t feel much pressure from others, so they’re flowing out easily, and it’s fun. Maybe someday I’ll attempt again to write a hymn.
Madam: There are probably people who believe that music comes easily to you. Tell us what you have done to develop your musical talents.
David: Practice, practice, practice all the time. I believe that to develop any skills takes much time. The thing that has helped me the most is doing it many times. I remember doing it when I was young, six, seven, eight years old. I’d be singing every day the songs of my favorite artists. Repeating the songs so I could sound like them. Because at the beginning I sounded nothing like them. It was hard. So I’d do it over and over, for hours. I believe that we need to be patient with all that we want to develop in life, to have progress. It takes time, patience, and diligence.
Sir: David, you served a mission in Chile, correct?
David: Yes po. (A Chilean expression, adding Po after yes)
Sir: And you returned three months ago.
David: Ohh time flies, ay ay ay.
Sir: We received many questions about your mission. Silvana asks, how did the decision to go on a mission come about while having a singing career?
David: Well, I’ve always wanted to go on a mission, since I was young. I always knew I’d go, even though I didn’t know how I was going to speak to anyone, I don’t know how to communicate with others, I’ve only been doing it through music. I didn’t expect to be on a television show, singing and suddenly everyone recognizes you. I didn’t expect that. Even with that, I still always wanted to go on a mission. But I thought, how am I going to it? Maybe it was a sign from God that I was doing what I was supposed to do with music. But I was never satisfied with it, something was always missing. I attempted many times to go on a mission, but things like contracts, people who thought “what?” They’d say, “it’s crazy to want to do that.” But that same feeling that has always guided me to sing, the decisions I made, the songs I picked to sing was the same feeling that told me you have to go on a mission, you’re going to learn something, your life is going to change, you’re going to meet people, you’re going to learn things that you won’t learn any other way. It was a difficult decision to make, follow and be diligent; it was the most incredible decision of my life.
Madam: Nail wants to know, what is the difference between pre-mission David and today’s David, after your mission?
David: Well, I think I feel more comfortable with myself. Before the mission I was always worried about what others would think of me. I had to please everyone even though everyone wanted something different. I was afraid to trust myself. I doubted myself a lot and in the mission I had to learn to trust in myself. There wasn’t anyone saying you have to do that, you have to do this and that. There was a Mission President but he would say, I trust in you. It’s going to be fine and I know that you will do things well. I would go ahhhh, but I don’t know what I’m going to do? I’m not a good missionary, I don’t know how to speak to people, I don’t understand what these people are saying and many other things. But I began to learn, well I wanted to, I’m here to learn more about God, and the Savior Jesus Christ. I won’t be able to love God and love the people I’m visiting and teaching if I can’t love myself. I can’t trust in God If I can’t trust in myself. I think that a large part of the mission and the reason why I had to go and serve is because God had to say to me, “My son, you are very busy and preoccupied with many things, come with me, I need to teach and show you personally.” That is how I felt in my mission. So close to God, there are no distractions, no telephone twenty four hours, not worried about yourself, you’re only getting to know God, trusting yourself and loving others.
Madam: And serving the people you speak of.
Sir: Jazzman from Spain asks, how will I know if I am truly prepared to go on a mission?
David: Well, I had the same question. I had to realize that you are never ready to go on a mission. What I’m saying is that the perfect time doesn’t exist to go on a mission, because if I waited for that perfect timing I’d never go on a mission. Everyone says, not yet, not yet, you’re not ready. I used to say the same thing, I’m not prepared, I have no idea how I’m going to teach others to make changes in their lives. But it’s a step of faith. I trust that God will guide me. It is difficult, but it is never the perfect time to go, it’s always going to be difficult. You’ll always have to leave something behind, things like that, but it is worth it.
Sir: Yes, and we need to have a lot of faith.
Madam: Ricardo from Mexico wants to ask, what can you say that would motivate the youth to go on a mission?
David: (looks at the camera) If there is anyone who is thinking of going on a mission and you want to prepare, there are simple things you can do that we always hear, like go to church, study your scriptures, really scrutinize them, meditate over the words, and also pray. The things we have always been told are the things that are going to help you. Also Preach My Gospel, this helped me a lot. If you don’t have it, find it. Another thing that helped me a lot was to go to the temple. I know that there are many that don’t have a temple nearby, but you should try to go as much as possible. That is a place where you can prepare without distractions; you can speak to God, pray, and hear the voice of the spirit clearly. Spend time there. I’ve spent a lot of time in the temple; it is a good and sacred place.
Sir: An important question, some say that going on a mission is a sacrifice; do you feel that it was a sacrifice for you?
David: When you think about having to leave things behind, like work, your career, or your family, I think the hardest thing was leaving my family. Because I thought, they need me. But when you think of where you’re going, that you are going to serve others, that you will be close to God, know Him and feel like you never have before in your life, then it’s not a sacrifice because you gain so many things. How can it be a sacrifice if it is the biggest blessing in my life? But for me, technically leaving some things, maybe then yes, but truthfully it is not a sacrifice. How could life’s biggest blessing be a sacrifice?
Madam: South Korea wants to know if there was something difficult during your mission and what did you do to overcome it?
David: The mission wasn’t easy, there are times you think, oh, I can’t do this, especially at the beginning of my mission. I didn’t understand for nothing how the Chilenos spoke. Now I love them. Now I can better understand the Spanish language and speak it. But at the beginning, not at all. What are they saying? How am I going to teach them? There are also times that you don’t get along well with your companion, if you get angry with him you can’t just leave. You’re always with them, every day, every week. You have to learn to change the problems, correct them, love them and discuss the problem. There were difficult moments with the companions, but in the end we got along well because we were able to overcome our problems. There were many things, but then there is patience. I could speak for a long time about this.

Second song: Nearer My God to Thee

Sir: Thank you David, beautiful song. We received this question: as youth we feel alone and impotent, what have you done or do to avoid feeling like this?
David: I believe that each one of us has felt like this; we are not sufficient for the task we have in life, or the future or the present. What has helped me personally is knowing who I am, and that is, that I have a Heavenly Father, He is God, I am a son of His, like the first song says. This always fills me with joy. The challenge may not change, or the problem taken from me, but it gives me the strength to go on, to find a way to overcome it. Also, knowing that I can ask for help when I need it. Because there are many moments where I don’t know what to do, I think, what now? I’m lost, I don’t know what to do, I feel unmotivated, and that is the time you can get on your knees and ask for help through prayer.
Madam: Ingrid wants to know, how can you achieve spiritual and emotional balance while developing our talents without putting aside our love for the Savior?
David: Good question Ingrid. I think it is a great wisdom that I have learned, not only during the mission but also before. Many times we feel that to pursue our dreams, music, work, sports we have to leave the spiritual things aside. That is not true, that is when we need the most help. During the time I was working, especially on TV, there were moments when I read scripture more diligently because I felt the need to do so. You should never feel that you need to choose your dreams over the spiritual things and God. Because they go hand in hand. God knows us; He knows our dreams. So if you always remember that, and remain near Him like the song says, you will be able to develop your talents and dreams in a different and brilliant way. That is how I have felt. You never should feel that you need to choose, it is not like that. If it comes to that you should choose the spiritual, God is there guiding you.
Sir: Mararena from Ecuador asks, how do you keep harmony with the Lord when you are surrounded by fame, money, and popularity?
David: Well Macarena, that was a shock to me, surprising. All of a sudden people recognized me. It was unexpected attention that I didn’t have before. Many would tell me this is what is important, these things will help you feel happy, and feel good in life, you will have success. But when I tried to focus on these things and what I was being told, I felt depressed, what is going on? Why do I feel this way? This happened once, when I was singing and the release of my first album. I had a lot of attention during that time. And everyone told me, now you will be successful, now you will feel happy. But I felt uncomfortable and I asked myself, why is this happening to me? I felt discouraged. At that moment I was on vacation with my family and realized that this was what really made me feel happy, the simple things that I had always had. What you have doesn’t matter, money, popularity, attention. If you have made good decisions, and if you have family who you love around you, then you will feel good and happy, and that is the success I have had in my life.
Madam: Kevin from Colombia has this question, I’m not a Mormon but I’ve always been curious about the Latter Day Saints. The question I have is, how have you lived all these experiences, music, concerts, tours and all the success from a spiritual perspective?
David: Spiritually, well like I was saying before, why the music? Music doesn’t exist without the spiritual part, there is always that connection. And when people try to remove that part it doesn’t work for me. I say, I cannot do this. But when a song invites the Spirit and the listeners feel good, closer to God, have a different perspective of life, more positive, then it’s all worth it to me. That is why I make music. I feel that music is a responsibility that God has given me, and he trusts that I will make good use of it. But if I don’t use music responsibly I won’t feel that success. I won’t feel that incredible feeling that you can feel through music if I remove that spiritual part. I had to humble myself many times, and think, I’m going to let it work on that song, or that concert for people to feel that feeling, which is the Spirit.
Sir: David, Lucia asks, what is your favorite scripture?
David: I have many favorite scriptures, but one that has always helped me during my mission and my life, is in the book of Mormon. It’s in Ether 12:27, chapter 12, verse 27, where it speaks of our weaknesses and many times we try to hide them. Before the mission I did that a lot. That is why I didn’t feel that joy I could have because I tried to hide my imperfections. But reading this scripture and understanding what God gives us. He says, I give you your weaknesses so you can humble yourself and know that I’m here to help you and that you need me. That humbled me, but I love knowing that our weaknesses don’t prevent us from getting ahead. With God’s help our weaknesses can be tools in reality.
Madam: Jamin from Spain wants to know, how do you know if you’re adequately prepared to go on a mission?
David: I believe we spoke a bit about that.
Madam: Sorry then.
David: No, it’s ok, it’s a good question. I’ll think about it some more.
Sir: Nicole from Brazil, do you have plans to write a book of your experiences on your mission?
David: Wow, I have thought about it, a lot, but I don’t know. I put out a book some years back. But it would be very interesting because my experiences now are very different. My outlook on life is deeper than before. I’d love to be able to explain, well I don’t know if I’d confuse everybody, but it would be incredible to speak of the people I met because I love very much the Chilenos and the people I met, and the food. I would love to share with all what I learned in a deeper way.
Madam: Patricia says, my brother is about to return from his mission, how could I help him adapt to family life without him losing that Spirit he’ll return with?
David: Well Patricia, have patience with your brother. Because when I got home all my family thought I was so strange. Because I’d say, oh no the TV, I can’t watch it, I can’t listen to that! I feel so strange here, where is my companion? You have to get accustomed a little at a time after the mission. Be patient with him and listen to him speak of the people he met because that is something important he’ll bring back with him, the people and his experiences. Maybe you can study with him. My sister did that with me because I wanted to study with someone. So if you want to help him conserve that Spirit, help him by asking him about the people he met and the experiences he had, and study with him.
Sir: When you make important decisions, what is the process you take? It is a challenge for the youth to maintain their beliefs when being influenced by their friends.
David: The process of making decisions? Hmmm interesting. I believe you need to think things through, especially when it’s a big decision. You need to think, why do I want to do this? And then take the question to the Lord, ask Him too. For example when I auditioned for American Idol, went on my mission, I always asked the Lord by praying, Father, what do you think about this? I feel like this, how should I do this? Is this fine? Am I crazy? I want to know. And always, when I do this, things turn out good for my growth as a person.
Madam: There are a lot of questions about your goals and plans now that you have returned from your mission. Can you tell us what you have in mind?
David: Yes, like I was saying, I am writing songs, I’m doing a lot of that. As a matter of fact I’m writing songs in English and Spanish. I don’t think I should release them all right now; I want to get things right this time. I have had so many experiences on the mission; I’ve thought of so many things, I feel I want to put that in my songs, not just anything. I’m dating.   I want that to be in my songs. So I have plans to have future concerts and new albums. When? I don’t know exactly but I’m in that process now.
Sir: David, many young girls want to know your girlfriend’s name.
David: ¡¡¡¡oh my gosh ¡¡¡¡¡
Madam: Do you have a girlfriend?
David: No I don’t have a girlfriend, not yet, so there isn’t a name to say. Yes, but, we’ll leave it there. Family is important, so I also have that planned for the future, so there it is.
Madam: How has your mission affected your music?
David: I always sang on my mission, always. Knocking on doors, talking to people on the street. I would say many times, hello how are you? We’re missionaries and we would talk but at the beginning of my mission, when I couldn’t communicate, I’d say, can we sing you a song? I think we sang every day on the mission, in houses, in the street, it was entertaining. There were many who didn’t recognize me but would listen to the song. It didn’t matter who was singing, they listened.
Madam: And did they feel the Spirit?
David: It was incredible.
Madam: I’m sure that you left them with a smile.
David: I hope so.
Sir: Liliana asks, did you ever at some point in your life face a challenge which you thought you could not overcome?
David: There are many moments when you wake up and think, oh no, I can’t do this today, I can’t do anything right. I believe we have to have hope that things will get better because there are times when we feel that nothing is ever going to get better, never. I’m never going to feel better; I’m never going to find the answer I’m looking for. But you have to take your time, you have to wait and be patient, the answers will appear and you will overcome. There are so many times when I’ve felt like this, I don’t know how to do any of this, but then I was able to. Why was I about to give up? Ay ay ay, I was going to lose out on this blessing, this opportunity or what I have learned. So don’t give up. We have to be patient and you may feel out-of-place or frustrated sometimes, but we all do, it’s fine.
David: How much time do we have? Sorry.
Madam: We have ten minutes.
David: Ah yes, OK. Because I’d love to sing another song, but I think there is a question before one more song.
Madam: Oh let me see. Your responses are answering the questions before we receive them. Mina from Peru wants to know and says, I’d like to be a member but I fear that my family will not approve. What can I do to soften my mom’s heart?
David: I congratulate you because the Gospel is beautiful and is one of the things of the Latter Day Saints. And to be able to have that change, to live it, try it. I think those that start to know the church start with the missionaries, with friends. But aside from going to church and with friends, start with the missionaries. I was a missionary, (thumbs up), trust in the missionaries. They will help you with the changes you make, and it’s not always going to be easy, but you’ll start to feel different. You’ll have clarity and your family will see this change in your life. I think that is what will soften the heart of any person, to see the change you are receiving. There are things to do but I promise you that the change will come and you will feel the Spirit in you life. And your family will also feel it.
Sir: A question from Mexico.
David: Mexico! I had three companions from Mexico on the mission.
Sir: What scripture strengthens you during difficult times?
David: Aside from the scripture I mentioned before, there is one in the Bible in Proverbs. For those of you that don’t know, there are missionary plaques with your picture, the country and a scripture. The scripture on my plaque is Proverbs 3:5-6, where it speaks of trusting the Lord. He will guide you in all you do and in all your… I don’t remember exactly. This scripture has helped me a lot.
Madam: Yani from the Dominican Republic, wants to know of all the things you did on your mission, what would you have liked to do differently if you knew then what you know now?
David: I believe I would have done more things, I would have been more brave and not be so scared to do things, even though you didn’t know the outcome. But actually I wouldn’t change any of the past, because that’s how you learn, by whatever happened or didn’t happen in the past. I would’ve liked to have been more brave, speak with all, but this is how I’ve learned, next time I won’t do the same. I will speak with more people and I won’t have any fears any longer.
Madam: And faith conquers fear.
David: Yes, definitely
Sir: Here is the scripture from Proverbs.
David: Thank you, 5, 6 and 7.
Sir: Would you like to read?
David: Yes, if you want to read it, it’s in Proverbs 3 in the Bible and it says, “Trust in The Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
Sir: What an important scripture.
Madam: Jhon, via twitter wants to say, I want to go on a mission but I’m scared. It’s what we’ve been speaking of. What advise would you give him, us?
David: I also had that fear, like I said before, I don’t know how to speak, how to teach. But the truth is, when you get there you will learn daily and you’ll see that you don’t know everything, but that’s ok because you have a companion that will be with you all the time and you will learn from him. You’ll also learn about the Spirit. There will be times you won’t know what to say, but you’ll open your mouth and it comes out. You’ll ask yourself, where did those words come from? The Spirit is with you and is brilliant. So don’t worry, all will be fine.
Sir: Thank you David, is there anything else you’d like to share?
David: I feel like I’ve talked too much, I think I’d like to finish with a song.
Madam: We’d love that.
David: It’s a church hymn. I love it because it speaks of what is happening because there are so many missionaries serving in all parts of the world. I like to sing this hymn, “The Spirit of God.”
Sir and Madam: Thank you very much David.
David: Likewise.

Third song: The Spirit Of God

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Transcribed by Gladys/Translated by Djafan.

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David Archuleta Live Chat: Face To Face & Cara A Cara

Posted by djafan on Sunday, June 22, 2014

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This event will be livestreamed twice, first in Spanish at 5:30pm then in English at 7:00pm Utah time.  The links are highlighted in blue.

Face to Face: Live Facebook Event with David Archuleta

Description


TO JOIN THE LIVE CHAT, GO TO THE LDS YOUTH FACEBOOK PAGE ON TUESDAY JUNE 24, AT 7:00 P.M. MDT (9:00 EDT, 8:00 CDT, 6:00 PDT).

You can also view the event live on the Mormon Channel on YouTube. After June 24, a video of the event will be available on this page for you to watch at any time.


Participate in a live, interactive discussion with former American Idol contestant and returned missionary David Archuleta, moderated by Young Women general president Bonnie L. Oscarson and Young Men general president David L. Beck. Youth around the world will have opportunities to ask questions in real time and hear about David Archuleta’s decision to postpone a successful music career to serve the Lord. He will also share stories from his mission, give advice for future missionaries, and share his testimony in word and song. Invite your friends!

The LDS hosted David Archuleta live chat is geared for youth but from all I’ve read and the countless tweets worldwide promoting this event state that all are welcome.  The questions that have been posted in English and Spanish so far cover a wide range of topics.  David will be singing accompanied by Kendra Lowe.

Cara a Cara: con David Archuleta en vivo por Facebook

Descripción


PARTICIPA EN EL CHAT EN VIVO: VISITA LA PÁGINA LDS YOUTH EN FACEBOOK EL MARTES 24 DE JUNIO A LAS 5:30 P.M. (HORA DE SALT LAKE CITY).

También podrás ver este evento en vivo en la página del Canal mormón en YouTube. Después del 24 de junio, colocaremos el video en esta página para que lo vuelvas a ver en cualquier momento.


Participa en una conversación interactiva, en vivo, con el ex participante del concurso televisivo American Idol y ex misionero David Archuleta. Será moderada por la hermana Denise Posse Lindberg y el Presidente General de los Hombres Jóvenes, David L. Beck. Los jóvenes de todo el mundo tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas en tiempo real y escuchar a David Archuleta sobre su decisión de posponer una exitosa carrera musical para servir al Señor. También compartirá su testimonio, experiencias misionales y brindará consejos a futuros misioneros, no solo por medio de las palabras sino a través de la música. ¡Invita a tus amigos!

El LDS evento en vivo con David Archuleta es guiado para jovenes pero todo que lei promoviendo el evento indica que todos son envitados. Las preguntas en ingles y espanol cubren muchos temas. David cantara acompanado por Kendra Lowe.

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David Archuleta: A New Song! Now A Morning Person! & Futbol!

Posted by djafan on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Finished a new song with and @d this morning.

It’s nice to get a song done before noon. I feel refreshed. Thank you and for being morning people.

you’re not a morning person !

oh, yes I am!

AWESOME! Hey I thought you once said you don’t sing as well in the morning?

that’s different from writing in the morning. My mind is much more clear in the morning for ideas.

You’re a MORNING PERSON now ? Lol

after 2 years of never sleeping in, I have become a huge fan of how much easier it is to get things done in the mornings.

go chile jazzy dog david

Now time to spare to get ready for Chile vs. Spain!!! I’ve never felt this way before for sports.

Vamos Chile!!

GOAALLL!!! Yes Chile!!!!

Gracias Aranguiz! Chile 2-0 Spain

Congrats to Chile advancing on!! . Man, feel bad for Spain though. Rough year they’ve had.

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GET READY FOR A TRENDING PARTY!

INOURHEARTS

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David Archuleta ~ Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Gone

Posted by Angelica on Monday, March 10, 2014

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Art work by @GrayAAA

Just had my annual check up (preparation for David’s return) and my lab results were in every way perfect, except that apparently, I have absolutely no vitamin D in my body.  The normal levels range up in the 90’s and my level was so low as to not even rate a number.  I was not surprised by the news; the only light I have received for months is from the weak glow of my laptop.  It has been far too cold to venture outside for long and since sunlight is essential for acquiring this vital vitamin, I was instead prescribed massive doses of vitamin D.  That, along with the welcome promise of warm weather will soon put me right.  Yet the whole thing got me thinking about another deficiency in D that I have been suffering from for the past two years.  By that I mean vitamin David.  The symptoms for both are remarkably similar:  a general feeling of being tired and a tendency toward depression.  hmmm.  Coincidence?  I think not.  It appears I am in good company as a cursory scan of twitter revealed several others who feel that David is sunshine incarnate.

cheska @SnowyOli  2h

David archuleta is my sunshine <33

McKenzie Harris @McKenzieHarr  Feb 22

Don’t know how he does it but David Archuleta naturally exudes positivity. @DavidArchie’s Chinese name is sunshine. pic.twitter.com/phtHFMPqto

Francesca @FangirlFrance  Mar 3

The only motivation i have in life right now is David’s return. My sunshine will be back soon and that keeps me going. :) #DA2014

Barb W ‏@EL_FOD  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home and that means winter will be over! Hello Sunshine!

Archugeezer ‏@Archugeezer  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home at the right time ’cause we can sure use a little more sunshine right now.

Mary Dee ‏@GoodPlaceDA2014  Feb 28

Welcome back Mr. Sunshine!! David Archuleta Is Coming Home.

Pattie #DA2014 ‏@Attwittsend  Feb 28

I am freezing. David Archuleta Is Coming Home soon and I’m sure he’s bringing some sunshine with him :)

pattilou733 ‏@pattilou733  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home.The sunshine is retuningto our lives.

Pattie #DA2014 ‏@Attwittsend  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home … ♫ You are my sunshine ♫

Debbie #DA2014 ‏@DebVaFOD  Feb 28

@Attwittsend Awww. He IS sunshine. David Archuleta Is Coming Home :)

So it appears that many of us suffer from the same want:   A severe deficiency in vitamin D caused by a lack of David Archuleta, i.e., Mr. Sunshine.  There is no cure for ODD, but we know its cause and ODDly enough, it can only be managed with adequate exposure to it, uh, him.  In short, we need our sunshine.

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Songs – “You are my Sunshine” by Liliana Rose, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.”

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Saying Goodbye To Chile ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Friday, February 21, 2014

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I’m convinced that time will pass more quickly if I would only stop watching the calendar and counting down the days until David comes home. It’s kind of like a pot of water that won’t boil if you keep watching it. Yet I still wonder how he might be feeling as he finishes up his time in Chile, his home for the last two years. The reality is that I cannot make any assumptions nor can I imagine how he feels about saying goodbye to Chile.

However, I do believe that you leave a little piece of yourself wherever you visit. Perhaps there will always be a part of him that will remain in Chile, the part that came to life with every gorgeous sunset he witnessed, every glance he took at the Andes Mountains, every bite he took of the fresh-baked pastries and with every person he encountered along his journey during his mission, some who may have very few physical possessions yet are full of joy and grace.

I couldn’t be happier that the wait is almost over but I realize that it’s sort of a goodbye for me, too. How is it possible to love a foreign country that I never visited except by doing research online to write articles for this site? For me, chili had always been a delicious beef dish, eaten during the winter. Chilly was always a reason to put on double layers of clothing.

Through David, the country, C H I L E came to life for me, instead of just being a speck on the world map. In addition to his beautiful voice, everlasting friendships and computer skills, I have David to thank for yet another thing, for opening my eyes to this beautiful country with its historical sites, extensive landscape of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, glaciers, deserts, waterfalls, beaches, lakes, rivers, forests and islands.

It’s not just the countryside that I admire; it’s also the people, who are passionate and fun-loving. I’ve even become fond of their music after doing some research on what’s playing on their airwaves. I picked up a few songs for my Ipod; Alberto Plaza’s “Bandito”and “Amiga” by Alexander Acha. But that’s not all. I found a little Argentenian bakery not too far away that makes the most delicious empanadas. If I ever get the chance to visit South America, Chile would be my first stop.

Soon, David’s time spent in Chile will become part of his past. He will be busy with all sorts of plans for new music, touring, family, friends, catching up with fans and going out for Pad Thai. If he feels sad about saying goodbye to Chile and the people he met there, I hope he also feels content that he made a difference in their lives.  He has certainly made a difference in ours.

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Super Crash Course in Spanish – David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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In the past few weeks a large number of fans have lamented not learning Spanish while David has been in Chile. Well, it’s not too late! The Voice is now offering a super crash course in conversational Spanish! Each week until David returns, you will find a few simple Spanish phrases here with the English translation and the phonetic pronunciation, spoken by our own Djafan. The phrases will be designed to use when speaking to David at a VIP or simply for use in a fan letter. Imagine how chuffed he will be when he realizes that we learned a little Spanish while he was in Chile. :)

Ready for your first lesson?  Here we go!

A mi tambien me gustan los mangos.
I also like mangos.

Hola, como estas?
Hello. How are you?

Mucho gusto de conocerte.
Nice to meet you.

Mi nombre es (Divina).
My name is (your name).

Hasta la proxima vez.
Until next time…

Gracias.
Thank you.

 Adios.
Goodbye.

You’ll find the link to this page entitled, “Spanish Crash Course,” on the top of the site. It will contain all of the Spanish phrases as they are added each week. If there’s a certain phrase you’d like us to include, kindly post it in your comment.

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David Archuleta and the People of Chile

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Since Elder Archuleta began serving a mission in Chile, I’ve been curious about the Chilean culture. I have already researched Chilean music, dance, foods and Chilean holidays. Now I’m curious about statistical information of Chile and what it’s like to live with the Chileans and their habits and customs. How does one go about finding this unless one travels to Chile?

Statistical information was easy enough to find; it came straight from Chilean websites and census data. For the real nitty gritty information, I searched through travelogues and blogs of foreign exchange students until I hit the jackpot! People actually keep records of their travel experiences. The quotes on various topics that I extracted from the blogs are in boxes.  Bloggers’ names have been omitted. Muchas gracias to those who unknowingly contributed.

Population: 17.27 million (2011) World Bank.  The population of Chile is expected to reach about 20.2 million by 2050.

The majority of the Chilean population live in the capital city of Santiago.

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Chile is one of the largest exporters of salmon. Chile also exports other fish, fruits, wine, chemicals, paper and copper.  Over 1/3 of the world’s copper production is produced in Chile.

Chile has one of the longest recorded dry spells in the Atacama Desert where it did not rain for 40 years.

Chile is a founding member of United Nations as well as of the Union of South American Nations.

Catholics make up 63% of the population. Protestants or Evangelical 15%.
Jehovah’s Witnesses comprise 1%. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 0.9%. Jews make up 0.4%. Atheists are 8.3%. Muslims 0.1% (From Census data 2011)

The Chilean Peso is the national currency of Chile and has been in circulation since 1975. One Chilean Peso is divided into 100 centavos.
One US dollar was worth 517 pesos in December 2011. (Imagine having to get used to using different money.)

The national sport of Chile is the Chilean Rodeo and is mainly practiced in rural areas. The most popular sport in Chile is what they call futbol but we call soccer.  The country stops when there is a soccer match and when they win, they go to Plaza Italia to celebrate. Chile has participated in the Olympics since its inauguration and has won 13 medals with tennis bringing in the most.

The literacy rate of Chile is 96.5%. The government provides free and compulsory education to citizens up to the age of eighteen. Chile has a large, well-educated middle class. Education is emphasized as a means to a better life, and the majority of young people earn a high school diploma.

The official language is Spanish; the one used is Chileno which is a mix of slang taken from old sayings and some American-Chilenisms like “Cachai“, which means do you understand or do you get it, coming from the American word “catch”.

On Language
“The Spanish is the worst!! I don´t want to speak like a Chilean but after being here for over a year everything I say ends in “kchay” and I can´t say “sí” or “no” – it´s “sip” o “nopo”.

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Chileans are a friendly bunch of people! The common greeting among friends and relatives is the abrazo, which is a hug and a handshake, sometimes with a kiss on the right cheek for women. It is repeated when saying goodbye. When conversing, Chileans tend to stand much closer to one another than in North Americas do. The common greetings are “¿Qui’ubo?” (What’s up?), “¿Como esta?“ (How are you?), “Gusto de verte“ (Nice to see you).

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In Chile, the custom is to give a child the last names of both the father and the mother, although the father’s name is the official one. The paternal surname comes first, followed by the maternal surname. (Example: David James Archuleta Mayorga)  Children are addressed either by using both names or by using only the father’s name. Wives keep their maiden names in addition to their husbands’ and they are also known by both names, although they sometimes prefer to use only their husbands’ name.

Avocados (“palta”) are plentiful in Chile and are added to any kind of burger, sandwich or hot dog. The very popular “Italiano” hot dog has ketchup or chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise and avocado on it.

On Italiano Hot Dogs
“And then there’s the combination of 3 ingredients, such as tomato, avocado, mayonnaise simply abbreviated as “italiano,” due to the 3 colors of the Italian flag (red, green and white). Once you know that, you can ask for any kind of sandwich and add “italiano” without any further explanation.”

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On Bread
“How much bread do Chileans eat? Two buns in the morning, one in lunch time, two or more at “Once” (pronounced own- say)…yeah that is a lot of bread. The toppings for bread: the regular stuff: butter, pate, scrambled eggs, jam, avocado…WHAT? yes, avocado, they eat it smashed with salt and oil. Bread with avocado is a 80′s classic and one of my favorites.”

“Chile has many kinds of bread, and the most common are “frica” (like a hamburger bun, but better), “molde” (typical slice), “marraqueta” (a crusty roll made with French bread dough, “hallulla” and “pan amasado” (both made with lard). Once I was eating one of these delights in Dominó (restaurant) when a guy from another Spanish-speaking country came in. When he finally decided from among beef, chicken, pork, tomato, avocado, bell pepper, mayonnaise, etc., the waiter asked:

“Fricamoldemarraqueta?”

“Huh?” asked the bewildered foreigner.

“FRI- CA- MOL- DE- MA- RRA- QUE- TA,” repeated the waiter, trying to be clearer.

By that time I was already well initiated in the ways of bread and was able to explain, “There are 3 types of bread, you need to choose one.” How was he supposed to choose when he had never even heard of a marraqueta or frica? But in the end, he loved the sandwich.”

On Onces
“Onces—or tea is a Chilean gastronomic institution. Inspired by the British tea, people gather in the early evening (mostly on weekends these days) to “ruin their dinner” (yikes, I’m channeling my mother!) for a carb fest of sandwiches (ham, cheese, and avocado are customary) and/or toast and jam, cookies, cake, and even ice cream (surprisingly often in reverse order). Oh, and the cup of tea is placed in front of you with the plate of food behind it, so that all the crumbs fall into the cup. Don’t try and change it around. It’s no use.”

On Coffee
“Most Chileans tend to drink instant coffee at home (Nescafé, sometimes referred to by purists as “no-es-café” – it is not coffee). When they go out, they drink “café café” (coffee-coffee) to explain that this is not regular coffee (which would be Nescafé) but rather REAL coffee. And it will probably come in a very small (demitasse) cup and often includes a small glass of soda water and a couple of little butter cookies on the side. If you go to a coffee shop they’ll ask if you want “express” (espresso), cortado (café con leche), or capucchino…”

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On Shopping
“Security rules in Chile can make shopping complicated. In small stores, shoppers must ask for what they want instead of taking it off the shelves themselves. Then they are given a paper with a description of the product. They take the paper to the cash register to pay for the item and go to another part of the store to pick up the item.”

On Things that upset Chileans
“Not wearing shoes at home.”
“Wandering around with wet hair upsets Chileans because they believe it causes you to catch a cold.”
“Saying that you don’t like sandwiches. Chileans love sandwiches, or “sánguches” in the local vernacular. They eat them for breakfast, onces (tea), snacks, and late-night noshing.”

On Dogs
“Chileans seem to have another kind of relationship with animals. It’s a live-and-let-live laissez faire attitude that endows domestic animals with the same apparent right to share public space as birds, squirrels (which, by the way, don’t exist in Chile), and, of course, humans.”

“Chilean dogs are often free to come and go as they please, and as a result, really don’t seem to care much about what anyone else is doing, and vice versa. Dogs are an extremely common sight on busy city streets and parks. Even the Plaza de la Constitución, in front of La Moneda, the presidential palace, is full of dogs—some with collars (i.e. owners), some without—that spend the entire day playing in the park and rarely seem to notice the hordes of tourists or uniformed officers or speech-making dignitaries or marching protesters or snuggling couples who want to share their space. Cats and dogs often wander in and out of casual restaurants. They are rather good-natured and healthy looking pooches, deep-snoozin’ on busy downtown street corners as pedestrians just step over or around them.”

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“Leash laws—if they exist, I’ve never been able to tell— are not enforced. Dogs are allowed to “go out and play,” snooze when they’re tired, and come home when they get hungry. The streets are full of dogs just hanging out, having a good time, and generally not bothering anyone…By the way… the stereotypical dog’s name in Chile? Not Rover, or Spot, or Fido (have you ever really known one of those?)… The quintessential Chilean dog’s name is Bobby! (pronounced BO-bee)”

Chileans are passionate and fun loving people. I wonder if Elder Archuleta has picked up any Chilean customs or affectations. If I ever get the opportunity to visit South America, my first stop would be Chile. Of course my Spanish would be rusty but after reading so much about the country there is now a familiarity that exists for me, if only virtually. And I can’t shake the thought of seeing David, strolling down the street in Santiago, eating an Italiano hotdog. :)

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Sightseeing Through Chile For Elder Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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There are wondrous places in Chile that Elder Archuleta most probably will not get to see while busy on his mission. Perhaps he will make a trip back there one day in the future to visit more of this beautiful country that he will have spent two years of his life.

Chile is a country of extreme contrasts from volcanoes of the Andes Mountains to ancient rainforests and from the Atacama Desert in the north to massive glaciers in the south. In between these areas are waterfalls, beaches, lakes, rivers, forests and islands.  If you visit the north, south, east and west of Chile in one day you have the possibility of experiencing all four seasons. With these unusual changes in temperature and weather, Chile attracts thousands of tourists each year. If you’ve ever wondered how long Chile is, it’s approximately the length from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean or from the west coast to the east coast of the U.S. And at it’s widest point, it stretches for only 112 miles.

Come with me to do some virtual sightseeing through Chile to find places that David may want to visit should he decide to return. Aside from the tourist attractions which look awesome, by the way, there are some not as famous places that David may find appealing, too.

The penguins of Punta de Arenas

Punta Arenas in Magdalena Island, a popular tourist attraction in Chile has one of the largest penguin breeding sites. The island was named a national nature reserve because many years ago, commercial fishing in this area caused the penguin population to decline. But through a ban on commercial fishing, penguins were protected and penguin populations have increased.

Every fall, penguins leave the safety of the ocean, their natural habitat, and march for twenty days to a place called “Oamack”. That’s where they choose their mates, procreate, protect and feed their offspring and after a while they return to the sea. Later, their babies go to the ocean, where they stay for four years, and when they reach their adult life, they follow the same pattern of their parents. →   These creatures are a sight to behold!

Easter Island and the Moais, the giant volcanic rock statues

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Easter Island, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean between Chile and Tahiti and now a national park was isolated for centuries from the outside world. Stumbled upon by Dutch settlers on Easter in 1772, the majority of the population are original inhabitants, Rapanui people, who developed their own distinctive culture best known by the moai, huge statues with elongated faces carved out of volcanic ash thousands of years ago. How and why the moai were built is a mystery. Each one weighs over 20 tons and is about 70 feet tall.  There are hundreds of them on the island, some in rows, others laying broken on the ground. Some say Easter Island is the most enchanting place in the world place to watch the sunset. There are other activities to do on Easter Island, like going to the beach, taking a tour of the volcanic craters, diving and surfing.

Cerro San Cristóbal

Cerro San Cristobel, Chile

Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in Santiago, the capitol of Chile, with a beautiful view overlooking the city and, on a clear day, the Andes Mountains. At the top of the hill is a 72 foot statue of the Virgin Mary that can be reached by cable car or a long hike. I doubt that Elder Archuleta has had a chance to hike or take a ride on a cable car to see the view in Santiago. Cerro San Cristóbal has Santiago’s largest public park with a botanical garden and zoo.

World’s Largest Swimming Pool

You don’t have to be a swimmer to be curious about this, the world’s largest man-made outdoor pool at a resort in Algarrobo, a small town on Chile‘s central coast. The pool is the size of  20 Olympic-sized swimming pools! It’s filled with 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater that it gets from the ocean and it’s warmth from the sun. It was listed officially as the largest (3/5 of a mile) and the deepest (115 feet) swimming pool in the Guinness Book of World Records in December of 2006.  Why build a pool right near the ocean? Simple. The water in the nearby coast is cold and dangerous. Swimming is prohibited.

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The 6000 foot granite walls of Torres del Paine National Park
The 6000ft granite walls of Torres del Paine

Torres Del Paine is a national park located in the south of Chile, The park‘s main attraction are the three giant granite peaks that were carved out by glaciers. The peaks rise 8200 feet above ground. The park has dramatic landscapes, lakes, mountains, glaciers, valleys and forests with exotic birds roaming the area. It’s also popular for hiking and rock climbing. Because of it’s beauty, this park is referred to as “heaven on earth”.

Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains

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Does David ski or snowboard? I don’t know but the most popular skiing resort in South America is in Chile and draws skiers from all over the world, equipped with bilingual experts, not that David would need one. A helicopter drops skiers from the top of the mountain for a ride down the hill.

Valle de la Luna

Valle de la Luna

Valle de la Luna is located in the Atacama Desert, some parts of which have not received rain in 200 or more years. This scene is the result of centuries of wind and floods on sand and stone. The large sand dunes and stone formations mimic the surface of the moon, and gave the area it’s name which translated means “Valley of the Moon”.

The Viña del Mar International Song Festival

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I think David would enjoy this song festival held annually during February since 1960 in Viña del Mar, Chile. It is considered the most important musical event in South America. It competes in two categories, pop music and folk songs, interspersed with performances by artists from all over the world.

Villarica Volcano

The active Volcán Villarica, just outside of Pucón

This snow-capped volcano looks harmless but it is active. When there’s no seismic activity in the crater, visitors can make their way up to the top either by hiking or on a guided tour. For a close look into the bubbling volcano, helicopters fly overhead regularly.  It takes 4 to 6 hours to get up and then down this volcano. The way down is a combination of sledding and walking.

The glaciers of Tierra Del Fuego

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The Tierra Del Fuego or “Land of Fire” got it’s name from Ferdinand Magellan who spotted fires burning along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in 1520. Tierra Del Fuego is an archipelago (an expanse of water with many scattered islands) near Antarctica, comprised by channels and lakes, the ocean, forests and the Andes Mountains. The climate is windy with much rainfall and cold but warmer than one would assume.  In winter, the average temperature 28 Fahrenheit. In summer, it rarely rises far beyond 50 Fahrenheit.

The House of Eleven Women

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Angelica found this and passed it along to me.  Casa 11 Mujeres is a house on top of a cliff near Santiago built to fit a family with eleven daughters, from age four to twenty. Built on a 45 degree slope, the house is actually a vacation home that stands on a site sloping down with a view of Cachagua Beach on the Pacific Ocean. It has three levels and space for entertaining.

I’m sure Elder Archuleta has already learned about many of these places when talking to local Chileans and to people he’s met on his mission.  He’s probably learned of these and many more. The combination of historical places, cultural sites and natural wonders  make Chile a special place for relaxation, fun and learning. The beautiful beaches, ski resorts and mountain range add to the appeal. If he chooses to visit Chile again in the future, he is sure to have a memorable experience.

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Gladys Goes to 2nd Christmas Devotional ~ David Archuleta

Posted by gladys1961 on Sunday, December 9, 2012

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Translation and editing by Djafan and Bebereader

Mr. and Mrs. McKinley welcomed me. She asked me many questions and both of them kissed me and introduced me not as a member but as a friend from Argentina. Mrs. McKinley knew that I had two nieces; she read The Voice and my own blog.

The first two rows were Reserved seating and Mr. McKinley removed a Reserved sign and seated me in the second row about a meter from the pulpit. Elder Archuleta would eventually sit on the same side of the pulpit so I had a perfect view. They chatted with me and introduced me to all the Elders; it seemed like they had been waiting for me. When Elder Archuleta arrived, Mrs. McKinley spoke with him for some time before he began to sing. He turned and saw me and he smiled. I smiled back.

He sang the same songs as the last Christmas devotional but this time I saw him up close. It was like a recital when you repeat the performance but he was more confident this time, especially in the Spanish and Italian songs.

When he sang the first song, “Los Pastores A Belen”, I was the only one singing along. We sang together for a few seconds! I was able to hear the Italian song perfectly. It was powerful because everyone was in complete silence. When he finished Los Pastores the audience applauded and he put his finger to his lips and made the “shhhh” sign with a smile. During the rest of the songs the audience would start to applaud and he would repeat the gesture, finger to his lips.

I also chatted with Sister Viviana, who will be in charge soon. She received her chocolates and told me that last Saturday she rode back in the same car as Elder Archuleta and that he told her about me and the chocolates and gave her some. She said that he is personable and nice and very humble. I showed her what I bought for him and she laughed and said “He is a kid at heart; he’s going to like it.”

I bought him a giant egg, with lots of eggs inside with building pieces. The giant egg had feet and a duck’s head, cute. I glued the messages to the feet and I wrote something on the back:

Elder Archuleta, I know you have contact with a singer from Utah whose name starts with a D. Please tell him that he won’t need to start at zero. Just begin where he left off. I give thanks for the jewels he left us and for those that are to come. I speak for everyone from around the world. May God Bless you and continue protecting you.

When I gave it to him I asked if he liked his previous gift and he said “Of course” and he recognized me.

“Have you eaten it all?”

He laughed a lot and said, “Yes.”

“Well here is something else but as before don’t eat it all at once.” (I showed him the top part so he couldn’t see the messages.)

He said, “Again? Thank you.” And when he saw the egg, he laughed heartily. It’s the most glorious laugh I’ve ever heard.

Since I was sitting among some Elders and had candies to snack on, I handed some out while Elder Archuleta sang. I gave the sweets to the Argentinean Elder Des and he asked if he could give some to the others too. So we all snacked on sweets together. Before I left I shook Elder Des’ hand and told him, “See you in Rancagua on Sunday.” He said, “We’ll be waiting!!!”

I ran into President MacArthur and he gave me a hug and kiss. I’d never spoken to him before and he said, “Ahhh, you are the one from Argentina.”

Me:    “Yes, President.”

Him:  “You know something, I always tell Archuleta that he has the possibilities of success. haha.”

The one who was in charge of that district, the Buin Chile district, was inviting people to see pictures and the shepherds/nativity in the next room. Before the show started, an Elder from Ecuador took me to see the exhibit and they gave me a copy of The Book of Mormon.

When I was leaving I saw Elder Archuleta again, from afar. He had a line of people waiting to greet him. They weren’t fans; they were families that just wanted to congratulate him and shake his hand. I watched as he smiled and spoke with everyone but I left. I didn’t want to abuse my luck. They gave him gifts. A man gave him cookies and snacks in a bag. Mostly they gave him food and he just laughed. I think they may have started this when they saw that I brought him a gift the last time.

Mr. and Mrs. McKinley kissed me and told me they’ll be waiting for me as did Sister Viviana. She said that on the 9th in Rancagua, it’s going to be beautiful and to make sure I get there early.

I felt on leaving that I had accomplished a mission of my own, with the message I gave to Elder Archuleta.

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By Special Invitation, Gladys went to Chile! ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Monday, October 15, 2012

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 By Abrra and Bebereader

You had to be there on Saturday night to witness the absolute joy and passion from Gladys in reaction to the Musica Pop concert she attended by special invitation from the Senior Elders in Chile. The performers were Elder Archuleta on vocals and Elder Coello on piano. If you were lucky enough to secure a “seat” in The Voice Unplugged then you were privy to the excitement.

Gladys arrived to a room packed full of fans, waiting on the edge of our seats to see her, to hear every little detail of her experience, and then some. Let’s face it, we are missing David so much that it hurts and Gladys, who was so tired from her trip was full of energy as she spoke to us in-depth. She was generous of heart to follow with a question/answer session and we hung onto every word. We are, after all, a very inquisitive bunch! Abrra diligently copied excerpts from the chat text for you to read. Here is Djafan’s translation as it appears in the actual chat text, in upper case letters. Gladys will, of course, follow up with her own recap.

Gladys’ two-sentence recap:

I’M GOING TO SHARE IN GENERAL THINGS TO SWEETEN THINGS A BIT. HE SANG IMAGINE, DANCED SALSA, A SONG BY CELIA CRUZ, AND DANCED LIKE TO AL JOLSON

Size of crowd

TEN CHAIRS AT EACH SIDE, 20 ROWS AND MORE PEEPS IN THE BACK (400+ attended)

How he looked, what he wore

…DAVID IS STILL BEAUTIFUL AS EVER

WHEN I SAW DAVID DANCING AND SINGING, I SWEAR I THOUGHT OF TELLING EVERYONE THAT HE HAS GROWN, HIS CONFIDENCE IS HUGE, ON STAGE TRANSFORMS. TIMID NOT, IT DIDN’T EVEN EXIST.

HE SMILED AND ALL THE TIME SAID THAT HE WAS HOT

LAUGHED  A LOT AND HE IS NO LONGER LOOKING THIN
HE LOOKS GOOD AND SOME HAS GROWN, BIGGER BODY

HE DID THIS ALL DANCING IN A SUIT, MY GOD, I CRIED. THE GIRL NEXT TO ME DID TOO. WE COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT WE WERE WATCHING, WE COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT WE WERE SEEING.

TIE WAS TURQUOISE ♥

Language he spoke and sang

DAVID ALMOST NEVER SPOKE ENGLISH, HE SPOKE IN SPANISH

IT WAS ALL IN SPANISH, HE DID NOT SPEAK ANYTHING IN ENGLISH, GAVE A SPEECH IN PERFECT SPANISH.

HE SPEAKS IT REAL GOOD EXCEPT FOR SOME WORDS. HE GAVE A TALK ABOUT HIS DECISION IN SPANISH

WHEN HE FINISHED SINGING, HE SAID THAT IN HIS COUNTRY, THE AUDIENCE HE ASKED FOR MORE BUT DID NOT KNOW HOW SOME THINGS WERE SAID IN SPANISH

What he sang

HE SANG MANY HYMNS AT THE BEGINNING. WE WERE SCOLDED BECAUSE WE CLAPPED AND SCREAMED, BUT THEN IT COULDN’T BE HELPED.

AS A TRIBUTE TO THE ELDERS HE SANG DIXIE,  DOWN TO AL JOLSON AND KNEELED. DAVID WAS ON FIRE WHEN HE DANCED SALSA.

THE WHITE HAT HE WORE TO SING THE SONG OF AL JOLSON, WHEN HE FINISHED HE THREW THE HAT TO THE PUBLIC. I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM LIKE THIS.

ALSO SANG IMAGINE AND THOUSAND MILES. HE ALSO SANG  HERO AND DREAM A MORNING IN SPANISH.  HE  SANG AN ARGENTINIAN SONG, I WAS UNCONSCIOUS, CALLED “THANKS TO LIFE”. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SONG.

HE SANG ITS WONDERFUL WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

HE SANG A SONG FROM THE MOVIE ROCKY, THE ORIGINAL SONG. PROBABLY EYE OF THE TIGER
WHEN HE WAS SINGING IT HE ACTED LIKE A BOXER, IT WAS TERRIBLE, EVERYONE WAS DROOLING

HE DID SOME IN FALALA SALSA STEPS THAT WAS NOTHING, HE REALLY DANCED.

HE ASKED US TO STAND AND DANCE WITH HIM WHEN HE SANG SONG BY CELIA CRUZ.

LIFE IS A CARNIVAL BY CELIA CRUZ, OMG! HE DANCED SALSA DANCING HE WAS SERIOUSLY, HE SAID HE LIKED THE AUDIENCE THAT DANCED WITH HIM NOT LIKE THAT MANY NORTH AMERICANS STAY SEATED.

Decision to go on a mission

HE SAID THAT THE DECISION TO GO ON A MISSION WAS SOMETHING THAT CAME FROM HIS HEART, JUST LIKE THE MUSIC, IT WAS A DECISION BUT SOMETHING DIFFICULT HE HAD TO DO.

His performance

JUST HIM AND LITTLE PIANO PLAYER. THE MAN IS SENSATIONAL, AND IN TRUTH COELLO PLAYS VERY WELL, PLAYED SEVERAL WALTZES. HE LAUGHED A LOT WITH COELLO.

TO SEE DAVID TO DANCE AND SING KNEEL, KARATE KICK IS SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET WHILE I’M ALIVE.

WHEN THEY STARTED PLAYING THE NOTES OF ROCKY SONG, HE STARTED MOVING HIS ARMS LIKE BOXERS TO THE BACK, THEN TO THE FRONT, AND THEN BOXED WITH AN IMAGINARY SHADOW BOXER, IT WAS FUNNY.

AND THEN KICKING THE AIR LIKE A KICK BOXER, UNDERSTAND THAT I NEVER THOUGHT IN MY LIFE DAVID WAS GOING TO DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

HE WORE A WHITE HAT AND DID SOME DANCE STEPS AND CLOSE BY SANG COELLO. WHEN HE STARTED THE AL JOLSON SONG, HE STOOD NEXT TO COELLO AND THEY STARTED SINGING. THEY BOTH PUT ON THE WHITE HATS AND DAVID CAME TO THE CENTER OF THE STAGE

HIS VOICE HAS IMPROVED, NOW CAN HOLD ANY NOTE LONGER, NOT CHANGED, IMPROVED, HAVING HIS VOICE VERY RELAXED, THAT MUST BE IT.

The crowd

THEY TOOK HIM OUT HURRIEDLY, HE WANTED TO GREET US BUT THEY DID NOT LET.

THEY TOOK HIM OUT SO FAST AND HE KEPT SMILING.

YES THE SISTERS AND THE MISSIONARIES KNOW HE’S A FAMOUS RECORDING STAR. ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS THAT FILLED THE PLACE DID, TOO.

CHANTED EVERYONE “ONE MORE! ONE MORE!”

No pictures or video allowed

NOT VIDEOING OR PHOTOS. IT WAS NOT ALLOWED, THEY WERE GUARDING, THEY WERE WATCHING ME BECAUSE I WAS TAKING NOTES.

NO, YOU COULD NOT FILM OR TAKE PICTURES, WAS FORBIDDEN AND THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE SIDE WATCHING.

The excitement doesn’t end here! There will be another public event in Chile at Christmas time that Gladys plans to attend.

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