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David Archuleta Fans ~ A Pitcher of Patients and The Picture of Patience

Posted by FunnyGirl on Sunday, April 15, 2012

The FunnyGirl

No, I haven’t lost my mind. Well, it may have gone missing for a few days. I eventually found it, curled up in the corner on the couch, wearing my I ♥ David Archuleta t-shirt, crying into its ice tea. I patted it, hugged it and told it this:

Me: “We are the picture of patience.”

My brain: “What?”

Me: “You know, patience.”

My brain: “You mean like mental patients right?”

Me: “LOL NO! well…..NO! patience with the letter C!”

My brain: “I don’t think so. I don’t believe you.”

Me: “Really?? Let me go over some things you have done and you tell me if they required patience……

How long did you vote/text for him on Idol? How many days/times/hours?

How hard did you vote/request/promote Crush?

How many hours did you spend on countless polls with his name on them?

How long did you wait after Crush to hear him on the radio again? And what happened when that didn’t happen? Did you give up hope?

How many hours did you spend blogging, thinking, watching YouTube, worrying, meeting new friends, going to concerts, saving money?

How long have you waited in line to see him? How far have you travelled?

How many times have you prayed for him?

How many nights have you stayed up waiting for a twitpic or video from his latest appearance?

How many months/years have you waited to see him live in your town? How about the fans that have never seen him live yet? How long have they waited?

How many hours have you spent learning about charitable causes he told you about?

How long have you waited for him to achieve the level of success that you hope for, that you think he deserves?

How long have you known that he gives 1500% all the time?

How many times has he inspired you by following his heart? How many times does your heart faint when he hits a glory note?

How does this all add up? What kind of measurement can you use to determine the length, depth, and magnitude of love and investment you have put into this?

I know you are sad because you will miss him. You imagine the worst-that you will not hear from him for two years. Understand this my dear, music is in him. He said he’s coming back to music. We will hear from him and or his team while he is away. I believe that he keeps us in his heart always as we do him. We are the most patient people on the planet. It is who we are, it is what we do. It is what we will continue to do. He may be going to a different address for a while, but he is always right there with you.”

My brain: “Thanks. I needed that. But can I keep the shirt?”

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108 Responses to “David Archuleta Fans ~ A Pitcher of Patients and The Picture of Patience”

  1. funfee said

    Funny Girl, YES!!! We will be here DA2014!!! Even though this is REALLY hard, it is worth it!

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  2. Funnygirl: Thanks for summarizing the patience we’ve shown over the past four years. I had actually lost track… what kind of measurement, indeed. #DA2014

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  3. jans11 said

    Funnygirl, I have done just about everything listed that required patience, but at the time I didn’t feel that I was using any because everything I did was because I wanted to do it! It was all so much fun!! Out of the love for this guy that stole my heart with his voice, his sweetness and great personality.♥ And with everthing he has done for us, I will be patient and be here in 2 yrs when he returns. The only thing that I have run out of patience with is…Astrovision not sending my cd’s yet!!!! lol Good thing I went ahead and ordered them from WOW too, so I’ve already got them! I ordered more from WOW when they were on sale and I’ll probably get them before the ones from Astro!

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  4. MunkFOD said

    FG, Love your heartfelt comments and the quote! I like thinking about being actively patient. There is something a little different now. We don’t have David tweeting everyday and lots of new news coming out every week. We can’t fill up our bucket with David goodness the way we have in the past. We need to … or at least I need.. to find a different way to move the time along faster and fill my bucket up fuller. Been thinking about how David uses his time…. every single minute and more… to do something good for others.. to bless another’s life in a small way…. to develop and grow his talents …. wow.. maybe I could do something like that. I bet time would fly on by and I could do a little “pay it forward” in David’s honor. So maybe I could “endure it well” by being actively patient. Think I will try and while I am trying.. I hope I don’t lose some of the great friendships I have gained because of David, cuz you all are awesome and a blessing!

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  5. SandyBeaches said

    FG…how can so many of us have those similar feelings about this journey as we do? Well, we have quality time to spend with each other and that is there for the keeping. We continue to like adventure and that will never change! The visuals are lovely!

    Thanks for your contribution to my patience education, although I haven’t passed that subject yet!

    SB

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  6. djafan said

    FG! It’s been over four years and for some who saw David on Star Search even longer. This is definitely an excerise in patience and here we are, actively patient indeed. Love this FG.

    “I believe that he keeps us in his heart always as we do him. We are the most patient people on the planet. It is who we are, it is what we do. It is what we will continue to do. He may be going to a different address for a while, but he is always right there with you.”

    Been very busy doing many regular family things and others because of David’s examples and leadership. We plan to be actively supporting David in many ways during these two years so please stick around 🙂

    Rumor has it that David will start his journey to Chile today. Just in case here is the prayer.

    Heavenly Father,
    Thank You for taking great care of David, for watching over him and protecting him from harm.
    Thank You for surrounding him with Your love and allowing him to accomplish so much in his young life.
    Thank You for helping David accept and rise up to the challenges he has faced and has yet to face.
    Thank You for giving David the courage in refusing to compromise his beliefs & principles.
    Thank You for surrounding David with people who respect, support and love him unconditionally.
    Thank You for separating David from those with agendas other than for his well-being.
    Thank You for bringing David into our lives and allowing us to have a heart & soul connection to him which grows stronger every day.
    We ask that You walk side by side with David as he begins his Mission bringing Honor and Glory to You.
    We ask that You keep David happy, healthy and strong as he embarks on his Mission and throughout his time doing good works in Your name.
    We ask that You give David assurance if ever he doubts our love for him and give him as much joy as he has given to so many.
    We ask that You will gently remind him every day of our commitment to be here waiting for him.
    We ask that You will give us the wisdom to do right by David and help us in the way we support him so that it is always in his best interests.
    We pray David will always encounter goodwill and happiness wherever he goes in this next chapter of his life.
    We ask that You will keep David’s glorious voice healthy and strong so he can resume and continue to fulfill his destiny when he returns.
    We ask that You keep David safe in Your protective arms until he makes his way back home to his loved ones and to us.
    Amen.

    Dear David,
    Thinking of you, your humility, your kindness and your courage.
    You inspire us to be better than we ever hoped we could be.
    You inspire us to do more than we ever thought we could do.
    You inspire us to think about others before ourselves.
    There are no words which can adequately thank you for all you have done for us and for how much you mean to us.
    You will be missed more than you will ever know.
    Keep with you all our love, support & prayers. Be safe & take care!
    We will be with you in spirit wherever you are and wherever you go.
    Contigo siempre!

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  7. cq said

    Great post FG, love this one line “Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well”.

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  8. nanaweize said

    I think he is on his way….Good luck David and just know that we will be patient and wait for you. Thank you for this post Funnygirl. So many of the things on this post are the things that I did too. Now I support David each day and wish him the best. I remind myself that 2 years is not so long as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other…nothins gonna break my stride!

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  9. djafan said

    Our guy tweets!!!!!

    David Archuleta ‏ @DavidArchie
    From D: Excited to hear “Forevermore” is doing so well. I am glad the fans are enjoying it. Do you know what their favorite songs are? (ks)

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  10. Love the post, Funnygirl!! The quote from Uchtdorf is great, too.

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  11. djafan said

    A Tweet by @kariontour
    2012-04-16

    Just receiver a letter from D and some of the things he wrote was he really enjoyed hearing what ya’ll are saying and are all up too to keep you all busy. He is very excited to hear the support behind “Forevermore” and says “Thank you all”

    Awww David.

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  12. sweetonda said

    FG, thank you for this. Yes, patience is the key!

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  13. emmegirl14 said

    FG, “I believe that he keeps us in his heart always as we do him”…I believe he does too.

    Love that quote “…..even when the desires of our hearts are delayed.”

    awww kitty

    My favorite, David – Rainbow

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  14. I am told that “Good things come to those who wait” therefore I will be patient, well at least for now lol ha,ha,

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  15. P.S. Nice write up FG 🙂 I will probably have alot more grey hairs on my head & wrinkles on my face because of all the worring about his safety lol.

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  16. lani said

    Great write up FG. I love it. I am not a very patient person but I became one when I followed D’s career and I really thank him for that!

    Still here and will always be for DA2014

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  17. bebereader said

    FG,
    You’ve captured all that it takes and all that makes us the strong fanbase that we are, patient, reliable, loyal, hopeful, relentless, caring. We don’t give up. We don’t just talk the talk; we walk it, too. We will soon see the first month (April) disappear from the right sidebar and the rest of the months, albeit slowly, will move too.

    The last few days have been hectic for me. Good hectic, but hectic nonetheless. I received my “Forevermore” a few days ago but didn’t have a chance to listen privately until today. David’s voice is just the balm I needed. His music is my happy place; my safe place, the place I know I can go to when I want to feel whole again. I’d have to be off my rocker crazynuts to give up something like this.

    As long as it takes, David, we will be here waiting for you. #DA2014 FTW!

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  18. loulou said

    I will be here for David no matter how long it takes ! David is my everthing.,He is caring ,giving and what a voice ! who wouldnt be here tell his return and after ! You guys are fantastick !!!!!

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  19. xaris2014 said

    Awww, l love this FG. And I’m so glad you found your mind. If mine is curled up next to yours on the couch, would you please send it home? I need it.

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  20. Nice Write-Up FG!!Still doing polls, promoting and buying David’s music and checking out all the Fan Sites. Taking it One Day At A Time and making my own life more meaningful Will help. I felt a little better once we started the Count down or Count back to us as the Circular theory was introduced. (Love this concept) Nice to get a little news from David today via Kari and knowing now that he has been informed of our love of Forevermore and activities helps a lot. Word has it that David is heading to Atlanta right now and will be at his destination by tommorrow morning. Thanks for adding SF prayer. Wishing David safe travels and all he hopes for from his Mission. Sending Blessings his way!! I imagine this Step in his Journey is so meaningful. More training I’m sure and less commotion hopefully. All of which we know David handles well. Just re read Page 184 of COS. David’s faith is strong we know.

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  21. emmegirl14 said

    xaris, lol!

    bebe, ” His music is my happy place; my safe place, the place I know I can go to when I want to feel whole again. I’d have to be off my rocker crazynuts to give up something like this”….amen.

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  22. josiann14 said

    You are so right FG, we are a patient bunch. But why? because the object of our patience is so worth it, because he is irreplaceable in our hearts (nobody can sing like him or be like him) because our love for him is true (not just a fad) and well, ODD is incurable! So we have no choice but to wait patiently and enduring well until he returns. It all is achingly joyful if that makes sense.

    His tweet today brought sunshine to my day. It doesn’t take much David, patiently waiting for more…

    Safe journey David, our thougths and prayers are with you, always.

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  23. tawna21 said

    FG, thank you. Thank you for spelling out all of the specifics as to why we can be considered a bunch of patient people with a lot of patience…

    But….

    —>SB..”Thanks for your contribution to my patience education, although I haven’t passed that subject yet!”

    me either…I will keep working at it though.

    Why is my heart pounding out of my chest with the thoughts that David has left the country?! Thanks Dja for the prayer. ♥♥ I know with all my heart and mind that Elder Archuleta is doing the right thing, but right now I feel like I’ve just sent my own child off. **breathing deep**

    Tawna
    #DA2014

    keep voting…
    http://www.myxph.com/default.aspx
    http://www.q102.com/pages/ai-brackets/

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  24. tawna21 said

    This was on my FB a few minutes ago from a Golden Archies fan…..

    “I work at the airport and somebody I know saw David. He tried calling me, but of course, I wasn’t in my office. It was so tempting to go find him, but I wanted to respect his privacy, so I didn’t. If I was meant to see him, I didn’t want it to be because I tracked him down. Anyway, my coworker saw David around 12:30 this afternoon.”

    Tawna
    #DA2014

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  25. djafan said

    David ♥

    This from comments on FOD.

    Sonotoveryou says:
    April 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    saw David at the airport…he looks radiant and happy- I chose to give him his space and did not take pictures…good luck in Chile! a fan!

    Sonotoveryou says:
    April 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    no he had his companion and several other missionaries were flying to..but they always have thier companion with them. Years ago the families could come and say goodbye, now the missionaries fly out with missionaries. I must admit I waved and he waved back, but you think he was happy before, you should see him now! He looked great!!!! and a huge smile from ear to ear…he is doing the right thing! so proud to be a fan!

    Sonotoveryou says:
    April 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    It was this morning…not exact time…but there were missionaries there. It was funny cause I thought I wonder if David is here…not knowing anything…and there he was! He will be such a good missionary

    Sonotoveryou says:
    April 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I just kept thinking as I was driving to work, he is where he is supposed to be! He knows it, and we all just need to support him. I’m excited for his adventures coming up! Again, if you could see his face and see his whole being he was radiating like I’ve never seen him and I have met him once or twice.! I don’t generally post much, and probably will here and there, but had to share what I witnessed… he is truly amazing!

    Sonotoveryou says:
    April 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I am a Mormon…I believe this had to be the hardest decision David has ever made. He will always love his fans, and he loves the church, but mostly loves a Heavenly Father that has blessed him so much, and David is mindful of this. What a greater way to say “thankyou” for all that he has been blessed with! He will be touching so many lives and growing so much. He is so full of love! He will comeback even stronger and will always hold close to his heart this experiece with us his fans! Be happy for him and as he is growing we need to to! Nothing is ever the same. I am so excited for him and the person he will become! Chile is so lucky to have him and for the many lives he will touch in such a “short” time! Heck, we’ve been lucky to have him for three years! go David! And by the way, I must admit, it’s been a little hard to see him go!

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  26. djafan said

    And this.

    CindyUT says:
    April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Hello everyone! I know Sonotoveryou has already confirmed this, but I can second the confirmation about David leaving today. I work at the SLC airport and one of my co-workers just happened to see him. My co-worker tried calling me, but as luck would have it, I wasn’t in the office. It looks like I just missed seeing David by just a few moments. I wanted to respect his privacy, so I chose not to track him down after my co-worker told me which direction he saw David go. It was enough for me to know that I was in the same building as him. So, it’s official……David is headed to Chile.

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  27. djafan said

    On David’s OS!

    Digital Download Available Now

    Posted by support in Press & Misc. | 6 comments
    Digital Download Available Now

    Apr 16, 2012

    ALL songs of David Archuleta’s OPM album “Forevermore” are now available for digital download at MyMusic Store Philippines, locally as well as internationally.

    For purchase from outside the Philippines go to: opm.mymusicstore.com.ph.

    Philippine residents go to: mymusicstore.com.ph.

    Prices are in Philippine Peso – PHP 35.00 per song (currently approx. $ 0.82).

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  28. djafan said

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    cmaliad Carli D
    good for him! best of luck. @DavidArchie http://pic.twitter.com/raIm2Y8E

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  29. poof said

    Thank you FG for your great post. Such memories, such reminders.
    So happy, sad to hear David is “on his way.”
    Dear David, “Forevermore” and “Tell me”, love lost, love eternal, have become the bookends for all the rest of your wonderful music. I am sure this will change, again in time, but they touch me as I am rarely touched. Be safe, and always know you are not only loved, but valued. DA2014

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  30. bebereader said

    Pondering….David’s Spanish must be spot-on by now. 🙂 Will he have a slight Spanish accent when he comes back?

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  31. djafan said

    Will he have a slight Spanish accent when he comes back?

    Bebe, OH YEAH!

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  32. gladys1961 said

    he will have a slight accent Chilean, when he returns. It’s an accent that is acquired in a short time.

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  33. kaycee said

    My son totally had a Spanish accent when he got back from his mission in Central America. He actually had a hard time speaking in English for a little while. He absolutely loves it when he hears perfect strangers speaking Spanish and usually starts up a conversation with them.

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  34. gladys1961 said

    Chilean accent is adorable and has a kind of melody. I imagine david talking with that accent. Today the Spanish accent of David, has something of a Mexican accent. When he speaks Spanish, accentuates the letters “S”.

    From now on, I not write very often in the comments.

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  35. bebereader said

    Thanks, dja, gladys and kaycee!

    Can you imagine this with a Spanish accent?

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    THUD!

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  36. bebereader said

    Gladys#34,

    Why do you say that?
    Please do not stop commenting here!

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  37. angelofdja said

    Oh my! I was feeling real proud of myself for having patience. Everything was going just fine. Now I find that there was a 6.5 Earthquake in Chile near Santiago! My greatest concern has been his safety. GAH! I pray everyone is OK.

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  38. tawna21 said

    What’s up with this?!!

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/290_-35.php

    Tawna

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  39. bebereader said

    I don’t want to alarm anyone but I just saw the news that there was an earthquake in Chile!

    Strong quake shakes Chile capital – USGS

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the Chilean capital Santiago on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

    The quake, which the USGS initially measured at a magnitude of 6.6, struck 30 miles (48 km) north-northeast of the main port of Valparaiso, and 72 miles (116 km) northwest of the capital Santiago at a depth of 16.1 miles (25.9 km), it said.

    There were no initial reports of damage or injuries.

    The USGS initially said the quake struck at a depth of 41.9 miles (67.4 km).

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=%2F2012%2F4%2F17%2Fworldupdates%2F2012-04-17T041622Z_3_BRE83G04E_RTROPTT_0_UK-QUAKE-CHILE&sec=Worldupdates&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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  40. tawna21 said

    bebe, that’s what I was referring to in #38…I’ve been told that quakes are common in Chile because of the length of it.

    David….we are praying for you. ♥♥

    Tawna
    #DA2014

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  41. bebereader said

    Tawna,
    Didn’t mean to repeat the information you gave.
    Finding out about that earthquake really threw me.
    I’m sure the pilot has been made aware of it.
    Praying for the safety of all affected.

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  42. djafan said

    Praying for those there and for those on their way there.

    Rancagua is an hour south of Santiago. The earthquake was about 70 miles NW of Santiago.
    David’s arrival is estimated at 9:30ish in the am. Time difference between Los Angeles, California USA and Rancagua, Chile is: +4:0 hrs

    Rancagua is 4:0 hours ahead of Los Angeles
    That means when it is 9:00 am in Los Angeles, it is 1:00 pm in Rancagua

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  43. kaycee said

    FG, thanks for the fun and poignant post. I also loved the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well”.

    Bebe, 17: “His music is my happy place; my safe place, the place I know I can go to when I want to feel whole again.” Yep!

    25 Loved hearing this…”you think he was happy before, you should see him now! He looked great!!!! and a huge smile from ear to ear”

    Earthquake?…So grateful the there are no reports of injuries so far.

    I learned today that my daughter’s good friend who is a missionary in the MTC lived on the same floor as David, and left from the SLC airport today as well. From what I heard, David sang at a Fireside last night for the missionaries.

    David…Elder Archuleta…may the Lord bless you and keep you as you serve Him on your journey.

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  44. Angelica said

    “From now on, I not write very often in the comments.”

    And why is that, Gladys, when your knowledge of South America and romantic sensibilities are so invaluable to us all?

    Finally received my Forevermore CD in the mail today. Had to take the long way home from work, extending a 5 mile trip into more than 60 miles. What an ache it opened in my heart and instantly healed as only the Voice can. So beautiful in every way and what a prince to leave this jewel for us to enjoy while he takes his journey.

    FG, we are indeed a patient lot. Thanks for reminding us. When I think of all the times spent waiting in lines, before and after shows, waiting for concert dates tba, waiting for the big day, enduring (well) the moshpits with the patience of Job…and as you said:

    “How many hours did you spend blogging, thinking, watching YouTube, worrying, meeting new friends, going to concerts, saving money?

    How long have you waited in line to see him? How far have you travelled?

    How many times have you prayed for him?

    How many nights have you stayed up waiting for a twitpic or video from his latest appearance?”

    And I would do it all again, gladly.

    Prayers for Elder Archuleta, his companions and all the people of Chile. It does not appear so very bad at present.

    There were no immediate reports of damage or deaths, but the quake was felt for almost a minute in the port city of Valparaiso and in the capital, Santiago.

    Chile’s National Emergency Office of the Interior and Public Security Ministry ordered an evacuation of certain coastal as a precaution. Authorities said there was no apparent threat of a tsunami.

    The quake knocked out power and telephone service in various parts of Santiago and there were reports of rockslides on a highway outside of the city. But the National Emergency Office of the Interior Ministry said that it had received no reports of major damage.

    Chile is highly earthquake-prone. A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile on March 25 — a day after the country was hit by a 5.1 magnitude quake. In 2010, an 8.8-magnitude quake caused a tsunami that obliterated much of the coastal downtown of the central Chilean city of Constitucion.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/major-earthquake-in-chile-rocks-harper-wife/article2404709/?from=sec434

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  45. Abrra said

    I am patient when it comes to all things David. Part of patience for me is trust. I think about the long waits in between most projects that David does and know that there was always a giant reward at the other end. It’s exciting that he is finally on his way to discover the meaning of service and sacrifice. That’s what its all about, right? You have to admire him for being honest in stating his intentions about his desire for a mission. Its a small task that we have to simply wait.

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    I have a great sense of anticipation when I think about the time when he returns home. David wears growth very well.

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  46. MunkFOD said

    So the earth shook when David landed… 😀 sounds like everything is ok… David has to be so pumped!

    Abrra, Love your comments about trust. Trust will take lots of the worry away. I trust David completely. He is wiser than the wise… inspired… This whole experience is going to be tremendous!

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  47. MunkFOD said

    PS… Gladys.. dont’ go away! I love reading your comments. I lurk here everyday and love the comments and thoughts everyone shares.

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  48. skydancer1x said

    I am playing catch up today!
    FG, love your post.made whats left of MY brain feels better, because of your article♥
    Thanks for the reminder we really have excersized patience over the past 4 years. (I could wait in line to see David for hours and hours, but waiting in a line at the grocery store… makes me crazy)

    35. Bebe, yes, I can! haha….. and I am imagining that ‘guy’ in that picture speaking with a Spanish accent, and am already fanning myself
    yikes!

    I didn’t think about the fact that Chile was highly earthquake prone.Prayers for those who have suffered through this one,and the one in March, and for the safety of all who are arriving there. Oh mercy.

    great to see the news of David looking so happy in Atlanta♥and finally getting to the place he will serve for 2 years.Fulfilling that desire that has been there for so long, must be an incredible feeling. David walks the talk.You can’t say that about many people these days,can you? But then, that’s why we gather here.We know.

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  49. Angelica said

    THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!

    @DavidArchie: David has landed safe and sound in South America and is excited for this new adventure he is about to begin. (KS)

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  50. stenocruiser said

    Back from my cruise and catching up on comments.
    Abrra: Loved your spirals article. Comforting.
    FG: Yes, patience — thanks for the words to live by. Hard at my age to wait two years but actually, on the ship, a lady was celebrating her 102nd birthday! So, who knows?
    Gladys: Por favor, espere, espere, espere, no te vayas!

    Funny how there are reminders of David everywhere. On the ship there were flamenco dancers, and also a lady who carried a water bottle that had brand name Contigo. As our return-flight plane taxied, we passed a private plane with the name Zero G on the side.

    Interesting that our Canadian Prime Minister is meeting with the President of Chile in Santiago even as David is arriving. TV news here reports on the earthquake and that the PM is safe (gosh, they didn`t mention David!).

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  51. cq said

    Glad to read that David has landed safe and sound. Lucky people that will be graced with David’s singing and his awesome presence for two years. Hope that he will be able to do a lot of humanitarian work.

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  52. emmegirl14 said

    So relieved to hear no major damage etc, and he has landed safely.

    gladys, love your description of the Chilean accent. Now I really can’t wait to hear him. I hope you don’t stop posting, and posting often. I know how much I would truly miss your humor and wisdom.

    “David wears growth very well” – love that abs.

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  53. annmargaret said

    Gladys……don’t gooooooo! I read every single comment you write. Your thoughts and your humor are appreciated by so many. Please keep writing!

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  54. SandyBeaches said

    Oh Steno, I see where yor screen name comes from. How was your cruise? maybe there will still be a report on David’s arrival sometime by someone. That is how it will be with hearing the news. some mornings we will wake up and there will be news all over the sites and then we will wait but we are well practiced over the years for this.

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  55. SandyBeaches said

    My comment took off without me so no corrections. Anyway, Gladys we need to hear from you as we always have!!!

    SB

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  56. tawna21 said

    Abrra #45, Thank you. It’s great to have that in print, as sometimes it’s kind of hard to hear him speaking during the conference (maybe I just don’t have a good mp3 of it).

    Gladys, thank you for putting a very sweet thought into my head about the Chilean accent. I would love to hear someone speak in that Spanish way. I would LOVE to hear your sweet voice in your Argentine accent. For now, please just stick around here and keep us all current on your life and the way you are handling the next 2 years. We all love hearing from you. You are a picture of patience to the rest of us!! 🙂

    Tawna
    #DA2014

    10 more days till we break the below 700 mark 😉

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  57. MunkFOD said

    Gladys, If you are lurking around…… I didn’t know you were from Argentina! My hubby served there on a mission for 2 years during a really scary time.. ’76-’78. He loves it there! Wants to go back so badly!

    Bet David has loved his first day! 😀

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  58. djafan said

    I found this.

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  59. djafan said

    A Tweet by @kariontour
    2012-04-17

    To answer some of your questions. I do still have contact with @DavidArchie and should hear from him once a week. He is still accepting mail at his PO Box and I will be sending him packages every once and a while.

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  60. dakgal said

    HELLOoooo PEEPS—

    Been knee deep in family for a week or so– son that’s going to Germany for three years came home to see Mom–followed by brothers and a sister + some grandkids!! Besides being busy –the computer was occupied most of the time–cking the weather (nasty) , etc. I even was treated to a 2 hour rock concert, when we hooked the Bose up to the computer sound and they discovered their old favorite bands from their high school and college days– on You-tube. 😯 ” Dream” ?? Never heard of them. 🙄 –Egads, talk about a headache !!!!!! David come save me!! Actually there was some massive retaliation–made them listen to some of the MoTab and The Drummer Boy–they thought it was awesome. Heehee.

    So— two of my favorite fellas are leaving me-one already gone and one on his way soon— ♪♪♪” Tell me whyyyy, I can’t seem to face the truth–I’m just a little too not over–them leaving”♪♪♪ But , they are both on exciting new journeys.

    Funniest thing I read on one of the sites ( not from a missionary blog) -a newspaper article —one of the girls at the MTC said –“David wears the tightest missionary pants.” LOL -but, we wouldn’t know anything about that. 😉

    FG—Thanks for the reminder–that we DO have patience– and we know how to use it when necessary–mine about went out the window with Astrominus and always does when I’m trying to sew and things aren’t going my way.

    Abs–loved how the theme of your article reminded us that David is actually on his way back–and that makes me feel so good.

    So David’s time is——The current time and date right now in Chile is
    8:52 PM
    Tuesday, April 17, 201

    That’s two hrs ahead of my time CDST–weird!!

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  61. emmegirl14 said

    dak, you made me chuckle with the pants comment. Thanks for bringing that over.

    My sister was in Fischbach, Germany when her husband was stationed there over 30 years ago. She went back last year and said it was pretty much the same as when she was there, that it hadn’t really changed at all; kinda like stepping back in time. She really enjoyed her time living there. She was young and drank alot of that dark german beer. 😉

    I am actually looking forward to all of the things I am sure we will learn about Chile in the next 2 years.

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  62. emmegirl14 said

    tawna, just saw this, “10 more days till we break the below 700 mark”

    I have been watching abs countdown too – I know I will feel gleeful every time I see that hundred digit drop.

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  63. Tawna, That’s the target I’ve been looking forward to. Breaking below 700 mark.

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  64. betsy said

    Is it ok to post this? He looks happy enough posing for the picture. 🙂

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  65. betsy said

    An oldie but goodie.

    credit to sdb66 uploaded 09/08
    sigh

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  66. gladys1961 said

    I found this in my email

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  67. Abrra said

    Dak sent me this picture of David and asked me to post it for her. Its is from Idol Homecoming weekend 2008.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Abrra 710 days

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  68. Abrra said

    Besty #64
    He posed for that picture, so it’s fine. Its the candid ones that he is unaware of that concern us that invade his privacy.

    Abrra 710 days

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  69. stenocruiser said

    I`m so confused. I still have not received my Forevermore CD from Astroplus — apparently shipped March 28th. Now, last week — in seven days mind you — I flew 1,150 miles to Florida, then sailed 2,500 miles roundtrip in the Caribbean, then flew 1,150 miles back home. How is it that my CD is still travelling somewhere — life`s mysteries — oh my, well I`ll appreciate it all the more when it finally arrives!

    So happy David is safe and that he is also happy. Please God, keep him well.

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  70. bebereader said

    Steno,
    Welcome Back from your cruise! You’ve been missed here and in chat!

    And Dak, that goes for you too, but glad you got to see your family!

    Dja, Thanks for the video in comment #58 of the people speaking with a Chilean accent. I do notice a slight difference in the dialect from other Spanish accents I’m more familiar with.

    Betsy,
    Thanks for the current pic of David from Chile! That smile is all sorts of wondeful spazzing out of control here. And speaking of spazzing…

    Dak….I have never in my life seen eyes like those! What in the world!?!?

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  71. gladys1961 said

    I found another picture of david.

    Admin edit Abrra Link removed because it is from a family Facebook. It’s meant to be private.

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  72. skydancer1x said

    hmm leave a reply, and I did,and my comment just flew the ol’ coop!
    I shall try again. I think it was coming here and seeing that homecoming picture.
    Dak, and Abrra, I just put that one in my phone yesterday! weird coincidence to come here and see it tonite. Aren’t those eyes something? Like crystal.They are glistening after being washed with tears.Beautiful.
    and Dak. you have had quite a week.{{hugs}}

    Steno! welcome home! :))

    Betsy, I love that video♥ ~.sigh~

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  73. gladys1961 said

    I did not know it was private, sorry, will not happen again.
    never.

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  74. Angelica said

    Gladys, no problem. (((hugs)))

    Welcome back Dak! Welcome back Stenocruiser from another cruise!

    Those eyes are like amethyst. No Bebe, never.

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  75. cq said

    Ok, I just don’t know how it’s invaliding David’s privacy to see some pictures of him. I’m sorry, but I don’t get.

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  76. kaycee said

    Djafan, 58…one of my all time favorite fan videos. Thanks for posting. Watching it…feeling bittersweet.

    Betsy, 64…He does look happy. I wonder if that picture was taken in Chile.

    Abrra, 67…Are those eyes for real? They’re gold! “The eyes are the windows to the soul.”

    Steno, 69…Crossing my fingers that your CD arrives soon! Welcome back!

    It was so sweet of Kari to let us know that David arrived safely in Chile. I can’t help but think that it’s got to feel nice to move on to this next phase of his mission. Although the MTC was a very important preparation time, it must have been hard with all eyes on his every move…and no way to escape it, but I’m sure he was gracious as always. I’m sure the other missionaries were respectful, but everyone knew who he was and were curious. I’m sure there are fans in Chile, but nothing like here, and I I am hoping that he will be able to walk about relatively unnoticed…especially depending on the areas where he is assigned. Many of the areas where my son served had very few TVs and computers.

    I listened to the Forevermore CD on my ipod for the first time tonight…totally different listening experience!

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  77. Abrra said

    #75 Cq

    Some pictures were circulated on twitter that came from family member’s facebook pages. They were taken by family as personal memories. They were taken at a private moment on the day he went into the MTC. We want to honor David’s request to give him privacy on matters around his mission. Family pictures are private. When David poses for a picture with someone other than family, he realizes it might be shared online.

    I hope this clears up any confusion.

    Abrra 710 days

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  78. Angelica said

    My bad. His eyes are not amesthyst. That’s purple. They’re citrines. sigh…♥

    Photobucket

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  79. bebereader said

    Angelica,

    Whatever they are, they’re definitely GEMS.

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  80. MunkFOD said

    Gladys! You are back! yay! good to see you!

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  81. Abrra said

    David does some press in the Philippines on his “Forevermore” CD release.


    Uploaded by JR4DA2012

    http://ph.omg.yahoo.com/video/editorialomgoriginals-26883200/david-archuleta-only-on-omg-28988857.html

    Abrra 709 days

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  82. emmegirl14 said

    Gracias Betsy. He looks haaaapppy. :)))

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  83. cq said

    Thank you Abrra, I think that any pictures that the family don’t want to have circulated, they shouldn’t post them on facebook, or post them as private. We as fans don’t want to iinvade his privacy, we just want to see that beautiful happy face, I just have to wait until 2014 to see his wonderful face again, unless pictures come from the man himself.

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  84. bebereader said

    More from JR’s videos

    (I love these!)

    David on Acting Gig @ MYXinterview

    Perfect Valentine Song

    Miss you, David!!!!!!!

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  85. bluesky said

    60 Dakgal:

    Oh, baby, I feel for you!! You sound amazing – like you are really handling it all so well. Well…. yeah. Blessings and safety to your son on his way to Germany. Major hugs to you and all you love.

    As for me… my own David comes home TONIGHT from his two year mission to Spain, Barcelona. MY BRAIN IS TOTAL MUSH. *_* That is all.

    And it is taking me several tries to spell even the simplest of words. Passing in the “comings and goings” of life: my David and Dear DA. If I come down from the clouds any time soon I will let you know. The birds and I have this amazing view…. and all of life and happiness and knowledge….. it all is mine – ask me anything – just don’t expect me to be able to spell it. Yeah, the window is closing on that opportunity fairly soon.

    Thing is: I don’t really have any questions right now. ^_^ Isn’t that sad? That at the times when one knows the most, there just aren’t any questions to answer? I guess love is just like that.

    All my best to you all,
    bluesky

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  86. djafan said

    It’s posted on David’s OS!!!

    David Archuleta “Only On OMG!”

    Apr 18, 2012

    In this interview with Yahoo! Philippines, David Archuleta shares his thoughts on his acting debut, recording the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) song “Nandito Ako”, embarking on his spiritual mission, and the support of fans.

    http://davidarchuleta.com/home/?p=4204

    “When I get back, will I have to start over again? I don’t know. Will I have somewhere to start off with? I feel like I will, because the fans have been so great. And they’ve let me know. It’s like, “you know what, we’ll be here for you’ and that means so much.”

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  87. betsy said

    More than words, I must admit, is one of my fave songs. Now I just have to figure out which one of his new songs reminds him of it.
    New project. A really, really rough one. 🙂

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  88. djafan said

    David’s twitter followers keep increasing!

    @ 975,902 need 24,098 to reach a million!

    If you’re not following David on twitter yet please dooooo!!!!

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  89. skydancer1x said

    Just heard…Dick Clark suffered a major heart attack and has died. He was 82.

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  90. funfee said

    Stenocruiser, #69, I still haven’t received my CDs from Astroplus either!!! Unbelievable!
    Love the pic of David in Chile!

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  91. marlie7 said

    Sorry ladies – THIS is what his eyes were like when I looked into them at the Atlantic City VIP 🙂 Perhaps an admin can make it show up here if the link doesn’t work.

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  92. marlie7 said

    Photobucket

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  93. ray said

    just saying anything posted on the internet is fair game,if people don,t want any one to see don,t post.people in davids fan should know this buy now.

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  94. xaris2014 said

    Okay, y’all, I’m getting this urge to go buy myself a nice piece of jewelry which is not what I need to be spending money on right now.

    Blue–So excited for you! Happy day for you!

    I have a totally unimportant confession to make. All these countdown clocks everywhere were starting to depress me. 700 and something seems like such a big gob of a number. I’m looking at my calendar today trying to fix prom, high school and college graduation, and vacation dates in my brain, not to mention bridal shower and wedding dates. This time of year speeds by for us, and it is always July 4th before I know it. I realized that David will have been gone 99 days on the 4th of July, roughly 1/7 of his mission. By the time I make it through the huge family wedding in the fall, 1/4 of his mission will be over. And by Christmas time–over 1/3. For some reason, reducing the time to fractions helps-ha! I expect I need some therapy.

    Have a good evening, y’all!

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  95. cq said

    Abrra, I truely understand that private images should not be shared. My question is if they were private, how could just anyone get a hold of them? I guess nothing is really private.

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  96. bebereader said

    Marlie #91/92,

    It was fun spending time with you when we waited for VIP in Atlantic City. The blinding color of David’s eyes now explains why your face went pale after you met him. LOL As for me? I didn’t look into his eyes due to self-preservation. One look at that color and I would have been toast.

    Rest In Peace, Dick Clark

    I wonder if David is so cut off from communication that he doesn’t know about the passing of Dick Clark. Surely he knows of Dick Clark and the huge contribution he made to American music and the entertainment industry.

    Xaris,
    I love your fractions. 🙂 And your theory.

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  97. Abrra said

    Cq
    I have no idea how they were acquired. We are trying to respect David’s wishes for privacy, even if others do not. The responsibility lies with those who make his family pictures available. It doesn’t mean we have to post them.

    Abrra 709 days

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  98. tawna21 said

    Bluesky #85 can you be any more excited?!!!! How exciting that your David will soon be within your reaching-out-and-touching range! I am soooo very excited and happy for you! Bless you for letting him go 2 years ago. {{{hugs}}}

    Tawna
    #DA2014

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  99. skydancer1x said

    Bebe, haha green,amber,brown, both or whatever color they are at any given moment, “them are killer irises!!”
    and I wonder too if David knows about Dick Clark.

    Xaris,LOL!”Okay, y’all, I’m getting this urge to go buy myself a nice piece of jewelry which is not what I need to be spending money on right now.hahaha!

    I have been in the rabbit hole watching some old American Bandstand videos.:( I faithfully watched that show with my older sister before me, and my younger sister after me.Remember reading all about the popular dancers in the teen mags back in the 60s and my older sister kept up with Bob and Justine and the other regulars.♥ Rest in Peace Dick Clark. For me you will always remain forever young.

    just an aside here..I think we are all big kids now, who should know whether/when a picture taken of D should be shared or not shared. personally, I wouldn’t even go to anyone else’s Facebook page to search. I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but instinct would tell me when it looks like an invasion of Davids privacy regardless of if it is “fair game” or not.
    I trust Abs, and the other admin. here to make that call.♥

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  100. kaycee said

    Bluesky! What a happy day for you…and your David! Have a wonderful time tonight!

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  101. Bluesky!! How exciting that your David is coming home after two years in Spain!! Can’t even imagine!!! Congratulations to you and your song. Quite an accomplishment!!

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  102. oops meant son not song!!

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  103. jans11 said

    Bluesky, so happy for you that your son is coming home!♥ My son is still staying with me commuting back and forth from KC to Dallas. Like Heidijoy said, it may be a blessing in disguise, with David leaving. so, that’s the way I am using it, as a blessing. Had to get use to someone in the house after being alone for over 3 yrs.
    Dakgal, bless you with your son leaving for Germany. Life does go on….
    Xaris 2014, I also reduce time to fractions, having so many things going on in my life. It sure makes time flyf or me!
    RIP Dick ClarK I used to watch all the American Bandstands all the time and knew of all the couples…a great time in my life…the 50″s!!

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  104. MunkFOD said

    Hey Everyone! FOREVERMORE IS ON ITUNES!!!!! BUY AND GIFT!!!! yes!!!! 😀 or maybe you already knew that. LOL!
    http://davidarchuleta.com/home/?p=4213

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  105. MunkFOD said

    Bluesky! congrats! yay!

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  106. stenocruiser said

    Just purchased Forevermore from Itunes Canada! Sounds so good! Thank you David for this beautiful music. Now I can wait patiently for my four CDs to arrive from Astro.

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  107. dakgal said

    Because David is no longer at the MC–IMO –I couldn’t see the harm in posting this –it is from a missionaries blog, but is nothing personal about David,. I’m just intrigued that they couldn’t resist hearing that awesome voice in a solo before he left.

    “They have devotionals on Sunday nights and no one knows who is coming until we are sitting in the bleachers and they walk in. As we were all sitting singing hymns, half way through a verse of something or other, Elder Ballard walked in and the entire congregation stood and sang louder. It was quite impressive and a great moment to see. We had a double whammy last night-Elder Archuleta sang “The Spirit of God” right before Elder Ballard spoke. Elder Archuleta was incredible, of course and I don’t think there was one dry eye by the time he was done (including his, he broke down on the last chorus). After he concluded and sat down Elder Ballard got up and said “Gosh Elder Archuleta is a hard act to follow!” Of course, all of us started laughing quite hard at this and then Elder Ballard gave the rest of his talk-which was very good as well.”

    Thanks to everyone on the well wishes for my son– I am now all Skyped up and ready to go.

    Bluesky–#85–How wonderful for you …and …your son. They’ll probably have to tie a teather to you –to keep you from floating away.

    Betsy #-64—Was that taken here or in Chile? Just makes me wonder if that guy is his companion.

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  108. marlie7 said

    Bebe #96 Pale, shaken and totally mesmerized. That was me! LOL Miss you – and dang I missed unplugged lastweek. Fell asleep 🙂 Looking forward to Saturday night.

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