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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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David Archuleta ~ Gladys From Argentina Goes To Christmas Devotional

Posted by gladys1961 on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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With special thanks to Bebereader for editing and Djafan for translating the original chatlog.  A more detailed recap by Gladys will be published in both English and Spanish.

The chapel was far. It took me 3 hours to get there and I had to walk 8 more blocks. I arrived at 8:20pm and introduced myself to Mr.  McKinley. I spoke with him and Sister V until the show began. The first thing Mr. McKinley said was, “I read your blog on The Voice.” He said he liked it and that it entertained him. Sister V said she was the one who found it. They received it in an email but she approved it and said not to worry, to continue doing what I’m doing, that they all have read it, well those that could.

I sat in the fourth row like always. Mr. McKinley sat us towards the right. David sang with a choir. He sang five songs, all in Spanish except one song he sang in Italian, “The Prayer,” a duet with a girl from North America. He also sang “Los Pastores A Belen.” When he began singing this, he saw that I was singing with him and he smiled. There were some girls who turned to see who he was smiling at and it was meeee! The other songs he sang were “Mary Did You Know,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Oh Holy Night.”

The devotional was an hour and a half.  David wore a dark blue suit, a white shirt and tie. His voice is more glorious than ever before. It was deeper and he had no problem hitting the high notes.

I got a chance to speak to David this time. Unlike the last time, he stayed when the show was over and greeted everyone. Everyone was surrounding him. He was standing in the middle of all the Elders, like a star. Gisselle asked her Elder friend from Argentina to tell him that we had something for him. They spoke to him in his ear and he turned around and came towards Gisselle.  I shook his hand and gave him the gift. I said this is for you in English. Hahahaha. “You spoke in English.” He looked at me, and I did not understand why. LOL. I saw his eyes up close for the first time. There were no shadows under his eyes, his face was radiant. When he saw the very large box of chocolate, an Argentine Toblerone in the shape of a triangle, I told him I brought it from Argentina and that it had been on the plane for a long time and longer on the bus. The 40 cm Tolberone seemed small in his hands. I told him to please not eat it all at once and he laughed and said “No, no, no.” I told him to put it in the fridge before he eats it. I said, “Elder, I did not know you sang in Italian.” He laughed a lot. He said “I did not know either. Hahaha.” He said he had only practiced the day before.

I watched as he interacted with everyone with no problem, and he was not shy greeting anyone. This time they did not whisk him away. He thanked and greeted everyone.

I also gave Elder Coello a box of chocolates, Argentinean ones, small triangles, milk chocolate. When I said “Elder Coello, do not forget your box of alfajors,” he showed me his bag and said they’d be well taken care of.

So they know about me, The Voice blog, everything. They have invited me to the other devotionals and Sister V showed me the first two rows that had very young girls. She said “Those are not members, they are fans.” I told them everything from the beginning; I spoke the truth. They are expecting me for all the other devotionals.

I think today was the most special day. I heard his laugh right in front of me. Yes, he seems really happy. He was glowing and his eyes are beautiful, dark green. No signs of exhaustion. Just happiness. David and Chile. Chile loves David. They take very good care of him.

Jajaja I know, I’m crazy, but crazy with happiness and next week will be two more events. They said they’d be waiting for me. I did not want to leave because David was still standing there. Now I saw him up close, I can assure you that he has grown, and his shoulders are broader and his natural shyness has disappeared “totalmente.”  His Italian was fantastic. His voice sounded like smooth silk. He’s a natural, no accent.

Elders cannot read blogs. So David does not know me. But perhaps now he will remember me, for I gave him the biggest chocolate I could find.

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Here are the songs in Spanish sung at the devotional and “The Prayer” in English/Italian followed by David’s performance of “Los Pastores A Belen” from MOtab.

Santa La Noche (Oh Holy Night) Marcos Witt

El Nino Tambor (Little Drummer Boy) Raphael

Maria Sabias Que (Mary did you Know) Tercer Cielo

The Prayer – Celine Dion and Josh Groban

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