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Sing-Along with “Glorious” Contest – Share your favorites ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, November 2, 2014

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“It’s like a symphony, just keep listening.”

I cannot stop listening to the entries for the Sing-Along to Glorious contest. When I see one on Twitter, I am drawn to click.  I envy anyone brave enough to submit an entry. There are so many talented people out there.

“Glorious” is an inspirational song that speaks to everyone, any gender, race, religion, age or profession. That, together with the lovely catchy melody, sung by David, makes this song a favorite among fans.

This quote from YouTube:

“It’s the kind of song that when you hear it it’s like it’s always existed, you just can’t quite remember where you first heard it…” ~Ivy Clinger

Tomorrow, November 3 is the last day to submit an entry. Good luck to everyone who entered. I don’t know how they will come up with a winner. They are all winners, for participating, in my opinion.

I thought we could use this space to post some of them; they are all worthy of sharing. Here are the links to two Twitter pages where you can find some entries. You don’t have to have a Twitter account to check them out.

https://twitter.com/MeetTheMormons

https://twitter.com/dyejo

When you find one you’d like to share in comments, click on the video and then click on the word “YouTube” in the lower right of the video box to get to the YouTube page.  Then copy the URL on the top of the YouTube page and paste it right into your comment box. Do NOT click on playlists as there are too many steps to follow.

Here’s writer, Stephanie Mabey’s version:

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Posted in @DavidArchie, Contests, GLORIOUS, music & lyrics, The Voice | Tagged: , , | 43 Comments »

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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David Archuleta ~ Keeping Him Relevant

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The six month mark of David Archuleta’s departure has just passed and we have eighteen months to go. I’m measuring time by holidays and it seems to be working. Labor Day was just last month, Halloween is almost here and Thanksgiving soon after. Christmas is going to be tough this year without David but I’m so looking forward to it because it’s also close to the beginning of the twelve month countdown. There are days I miss David so much it hurts and although it was a tough road getting to this place, I’m ok with him being gone now; I truly believe he had to go.

In the meantime I have his music to get me through every day and his voice on interviews on my ipod to get me through the night. You may have seen my name, djafan, on comments on articles relating to David found on the web. You may also have seen me voting on polls and mentioning David’s name as much as possible, tweeting and trending, etc. You get it. LOL This is what I do.

We all have a comfort zone on how we support David and this is my way of keeping his name relevant.  By letting the world know he has passionate fans that are not going anywhere, the media stays interested in him. It works; it really does. For example, recently Cook and Kris Allen were dropped from their labels just months apart and it was barely a blip in the social media. David, however,  made mainstream media with the so-called “dropped” news that he was let go from his label when it was really the opposite. David chose not to renew his contract. As soon as his passionate fans started correcting the news the media then picked it up too, and many made an attempt to correct it.

The mission news made headlines also; not only on the internet but television also carried the news, showing clips of the video. I attribute this continued interest by the media to David’s go-getter fans.  Most reality show alums have just fallen off the radar, but David Archuleta has not and our intention is to keep his name  relevant and out there.

With this in mind and after much prodding from my fellow Adms, I encourage you to vote, to comment, to view David’s videos, to like his Facebook posts, to comment on his OS, heck even his MySpace page has been updated and it‘s beautiful.

I like to follow some charts on David’s social media status, yes the information is out there, you just need to look for it.  Here is a two month comparison. You can see that there have been some drops that can easily be reversed.

It’s really simple to get and keep these numbers up.  Watching his videos on Vevo and on his official you tube channel are all you have to do to raise the numbers. Typing David’s name into any search field and in any comment counts as a mention. Why worry about mentions? With every mention, his name is being counted on the internet, which raises his social status.

These are examples of things to do to increase David’s social status or popularity.

Wikipedia — Counted when a visitor loads an artist’s page.

Google – Google David Archuleta daily.

Twitter Mentions — Counted each time an artist’s Twitter handle (@davidarchie) is mentioned by another Twitter user.

Comment – Comment whenever David’s name appears in an article. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Just writing David Archuleta will suffice in getting the internet bots* to count him.

*(An Internet Bot is a software application that does repetitive and automated tasks in the Internet that would otherwise take humans a long time to do. The most common Internet bots are the spider bots which are used for web server analyses and file data gathering.)

Here are some David related links you can visit to increase his status. You can use these to listen, view and/or comment.

Lastly, please don’t stop sending David mail. I read on several missionary blogs that it’s common for the mail to slow way down after the sixth month. They say family and friends start to get used to them being gone and not part of their daily routine. David doesn’t just have family and friends but a whole lot of fans he wants to hear from. Why else set up an address for us?

David Archuleta
P. O. Box 4297
Apopka, FL 32704
USA

I hope you all can join me in my campaign to keep David’s name relevant during his absence.

#DA2014

Posted in Appreciation, Archies, Begin., career longevity, David Archuleta, Mission, The Voice | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 110 Comments »

Gathered Together by David Archuleta ~ What am I Afraid of?

Posted by MT on Monday, April 2, 2012

We all know that David’s leaving has left an empty place in our lives and in our hearts that we are wondering if we can somehow fill for the next two years. I think by now we all know that the answer is no. For most of us here, nothing can replace David. We know that and have accepted it as fact. We feel that small empty place and wonder “how did that happen?” I think that empty place is the little piece of our hearts that we have given to David. Now that he’s gone, he has taken those pieces with him and there’s nothing we can do about it.

But as much as I will miss him, it isn’t ONLY about David anymore for me. It’s also about all of you.

It took me a while to realize that along with the little piece of my heart that I gave David, there was another piece that was in danger of being lost. That’s the piece that I’ve given to all of you. It’s a piece that I’m struggling to hold on to. But as long as you and I are here, that piece is still tied to me and that little place in my heart doesn’t feel empty because in it’s place is all of the warmth and friendship I’ve found here.

I’ll backtrack just a bit here and admit that I was a lurker at David’s fan sites for a very long time. Many of you became posters and writers from the very beginning. Not me. I was a latecomer to posting. Like young David, I was very shy and afraid to talk to people I didn’t know. But, when I finally broke down and joined in, I was welcomed with open arms and found some wonderful friends here. And I’m not ashamed to admit that, right now, that’s what I’m afraid of losing. It’s bad enough for me that David (who has been a never-ending source of joy to me) is leaving for two years. But, you guys, too?

Please, no. I don’t even want to think about that. And I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. I think one of the things hurting many of us right now is our fear of losing each other after having just lost David.

Through David we have formed bonds, found friends here. In this place, we are among people who understand us and have things in common with us. We are a very diverse group of people from all walks of life, but we have discovered that we don’t need to be the same to be here for each other. Here, we have found people we can laugh with, cry with, sympathize with, and squee with, even though we are scattered across the country and around the world.

We are all joined at the hearts, hearts tied with pretty ribbons that all lead back to David. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to cut the ribbon if it starts to fray. I’m holding on tight. For me, walking away from David or this fan base is just not an option.

So, will we all be here six months from now, a year from now, or two years? I certainly hope so, because I don’t want to be here alone. I need you guys here to squee with me and celebrate when David comes home. And between now and then we’ll be sharing his music along with laughter, smiles, hugs, and tears just like we always have.

We’re still here and we’ll make it through with the help of each other. This can still be our happy place if we let it. I think if we just take it one day at a time, we’ll be just fine.

Our time here for the next two years will be what we make of it. So smile! :) You and I are both still here. And it’s a Good Place.

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Following Yonder Star

Posted by Angelica on Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Star will go yonder for a couple of years and we will continue to follow him till he returns. But this is Christmas and the star of David is not David the star. Christmas is about the birth of the Christ child and what that means for all mankind. Whatever your faith, it is a time for being thankful and joyful for what really matters most.  People to love and gifts to share. Not just those of a material nature as the gold, frankincense and myrrh the wise men gave, but the gift of ourselves and not just at Christmas but every day. This Christmas I hope we can all find true meaning and joy through giving. I will start by sharing my favorite scene from my favorite Christmas movie and end with David singing the carol from the closing music.

Credit DblJerseyGirl

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at The Voice to all of you.

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Halloween ll ~ The Sequel

Posted by Angelica on Monday, October 31, 2011

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Yes, I know it’s kind of similar to Happy Halloween, but this one has scenes from the 2010 vlog/slasher film,”Happy Halloween!” starring David Archuleta in which Jazzy gets violent with the pumpkin. Love that. OK, the truth is I spent too much time on that dang Smilebox to move on just yet. Besides, The Voice is so bright and orangey, one of David’s favorite colors!

David Makes Us Scream?

Invited to a party

On the night of Halloween

Wondered just what tricks they had

In store to make us scream.But when I opened up the door

I found a nice surprise

A David theme was going on

Much to my delight.But I couldn’t figure out just how

He’d blend with Halloween

David is far from scary

Though he often makes us scream.And then to my surprise I heard

Coming from speakers above

A howling sound that filled the air

In a voice I really love.‘Twas David’s voice heard echoing

Amid the ghoulish sights

No costume did he need for this

Among these spooky lights.For someone made an mp3

So much to my delight

David’s voice and Halloween

Are paired for us this night.

Poem by MT

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