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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Posted by gladys1961 on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Visit to Rancagua

All the memories of July 15th are spinning in my head. I want to share the events of that day as best as I can. As the saying goes, the 15th of July was the first day of the rest of my life. That is how important I consider the first time I saw David in all his greatness.

I’m so grateful that two marvelous people sent me the information about the Devotional almost at the same time. (Sending a big kiss to Abrra and Dja.)

I arrived at work and opened my emails to see if there are any pictures or David news. When I saw the flyer I screamed and put my hands over my mouth. When I was finally able to speak, the only thing I said was “I’m going to Chile”. When there is an important thing in my life, the first thing I do is call my sisters. They all work together along with my niece Elaine. I told them I’m going to Chile. They know of my love for David, they put me on speaker phone and I told them all about the devotional, of the Mormons and the religious songs. My sisters know how insane I am when I speak of my favorite subject. I heard my niece in the background saying she’ll go with me!!!!! I’ll go to Chile with you!!!!! My sister Mary volunteered to look into flights, my niece into hotels and that is how this adventure began. I had mentioned before that I had started a savings for seeing David in 2014 at his welcome concert so I was OK with funds. I had to make sure the event was open to me also, so I called the representative in my country. They gave me the Chile contact information. This devotional is an experimental pilot, the first of its kind. My niece made all the arrangements thanks to the blessed internet.

The day of departure arrived! I had never been in an airport; it was my first time flying. It was a cold morning but by the time we boarded the sun was out. On Saturday July 14th at 14:25 hours we took off. We crossed the Andes and I remembered a picture Abrra made me, David with a book in his hand on one side and me on the other, a premonition? Haha

We landed and were taken to the hotel; everything went smoothly, no problems. The hotel room was a complete apartment, very comfortable. There were Brazilians, Peruvians, Colombians and Americans visiting Chile. We had dinner and made arrangements for the trip to Rancagua. I wanted to be there early, by noon. At the hotel they informed us that we needed to go by bus and to let the driver know where we wanted to get off. I had the address memorized, Grecia 319, Centro Jas De Rancagua. I was yet to feel nervous. Sunday I woke up at 9am because I had been at The Voice Unplugged chat the night before pretty late. But I needed to talk to them for emotional support.

A taxi took us to board the bus and I slept the hour long trip and awoke as the driver was telling us we had arrived. We walked through a farmers market and asked if we were on course and we were. We finally arrived and took a picture. It was a very large place with many halls and rooms for events. We entered and an American spoke to us in Spanish with a heavy accent, he said “Make yourself at home”. The devotional was due to start at 6pm and we were there by 3:30pm, pretty early. I saw a large white car with many seats; I jokingly told my niece that David arrived in it. While inside I was looking at the posters and suddenly my niece screamed and covered her mouth. I saw someone walk quickly to the hall and I looked at her (she says she’s not a fan hahaha) and she said, “It was David!!!!!!!” I looked in and saw someone in a black suit wearing a backpack, black hair and glowy skin.  I knew it was him when I saw his profile!  He was looking around; I stood without moving a single muscle. Then an Elder invited us to come in and we sat in the second row. It was us and the Elders. We introduced ourselves and told them we were from Argentina. We said that in Argentina they didn’t have many devotionals and were invited to Chile (I ask God for forgiveness, there was never a devotional, forgive me God) I asked if we could stay there. They said yes, we were welcome to stay. Suddenly David was there again, speaking to the choir, he went to the pulpit and said something in Spanish and they answered in Spanish. He went to the back of the hall and I was dying to watch him but it would be too obvious. It was 4:30pm and we were told we had to step out while the choir practiced. I said we were from Argentina and she spoke with an American and she let her know that we’d been there since early and we were allowed to reserve seats in the third or fourth row. We wrote our names on sheets of paper and reserved seats on the fourth row in front of the pulpit. We were told to be back before 6pm to go to our reserved seats. We stepped out and hung around looking toward the hall. The door had a window and I looked in and saw David, he was setting up chairs. He looked serious. We went to eat and walk around some. I have to say that this wasn’t the nice part of Rancagua, there wasn’t much around. We went back and walked around the gardens. There was a woman there waiting like us. It was cool so we went to wait in the hallway. I stood standing hoping to get a glimpse of David again. As I was standing I realized who were fans, who were Mormons and who were Mormon fans. Some asked me where I was from, some of the Elders said they had served in my country and we started chatting. Almost everyone spoke English. The older Elders were American and only a few spoke Spanish. I recognized some of the Elders that I’ve seen in pictures with David. I didn’t anticipate so many wearing skirts, I was wearing pants but I was wearing my violet blazer.

While waiting I heard stories of the interest in David by those of his faith. For example one of the Mormon girls was there the day before during the choir practice and was told to leave because the practices were private. Another one pretending to need the bathroom was trying to get a glimpse, she was a fan. She was taking pictures through a window. She started fanning herself and said she saw David. Her friend and an Elder took her out for some fresh air so she could calm down. Then the hallways started filling up and there were two lines being formed outside the doors. There were two Elder sitting at the entrance not letting anyone in.

The Wait Was Over

The moment that I waited for 4 years was about to BEGIN. Finally the doors opened and everyone rushed in, luckily they respected the reserved seats. My niece and I went to our seats. I have to say that all the seats filled and many were standing behind the seats. They asked for silence because the show was about to start, it was almost 6:30. There wasn’t much silence. Another Elder explained about the devotional, the theme and development, and asked for no video nor screaming or applause. The girls’ choir wore red blouses. They sat towards the back. The Elders without David came in and all got situated. There were three chairs by the pulpit, two were occupied, and one wasn’t. Then David quietly made his way behind everyone on stage and sat on the empty chair. We could barely see him.

The presenting Elder named all in the choir, one at a time they stood and smiled. When it was David’s turn he stood and looked at everyone and smiled. I could hear someone saying, “There he is! There he is! There is David!” He didn’t notice the signal to sit and stood standing smiling until someone next to him touched his arm signaling him to sit. The presenter spoke of the Rancagua President. I don’t remember if they said he had 10 children or someone else did, this created some laughter. David turned to his neighbor asking and also laughed. The dissertation began and the principal orator commented that it seemed like it was his funeral because of all the nice things that were being said about him. Everyone laughed including David.

The devotional started. There were some history telling, the choir and soloists. They started playing the piano, they continued the performances. I’ll try to focus my mind in that moment. David rose and sat in the empty chair. I could see only part of his face as he kept looking down. Those with better seats could see him. He kept looking down reading from the hymn book and seldom looked up.

The Miracle

Suddenly David was behind the pulpit, with hymnal book in hand and he began to sing….in Spanish…. A very soft and slow song. I could see all his expressions. His eyebrows arched, he closed his eyes. His concentration was such that it seemed like he went to another place and when he opened his eyes he was still away. I was in a trance absorbing every second. At some point I forgot to breathe, everything was quiet. When he finished singing he closed the hymn book and sat down. Then others performed and David returned. The second song was more intense, just as beautiful. When David sang there was absolute silence. Everyone wanted to hear The Voice. I have to honestly say everyone was there to hear David.

During the third song the piano failed. He looked to see if it was fixed and turned to face the audience and sang. His voice in that song gave me the chills. Oh My God!!!! It was a beautiful song with so much emotion. He kept his eyes closed the entire time and when he opened them he smiled and sat down. At one time he dropped his book and was bent down looking for it. The other acts performed. During David’s fourth song he looked at the audience, smiled and began to sing. His voice elevated and he sang with all his soul. When he finished no one was breathing, he closed his book of hymns and stood standing in front of the pulpit, I almost fainted. I thought he was going to speak to us in Spanish. He took a deep breath and looked at the pianist, opened his book and sang the fifth song. The previous songs were beautiful but this last one was worth all my efforts, the expense, the entire trip. If David had only sang this one song I would have been equally satisfied. His voice filled the entire place. David’s face has so many nuances; so many sensations cross his face and you can tell he loves music with all his soul. But I also noticed that he loves his religion and God. He wants to pay tribute as much as he can. I saw him so focused and dedicated.

The Chaos

The devotional lasted about two hours. No sooner than they said the final words, they whisked David out. I stayed seated for a while trying to absorb all that had happened. My niece said we should go. We were leaving when there was a commotion at the back of the hall; there is only one person that could create that. I told my niece take out your camera and start recording. Just like I imagined, the Elders were like soccer players, side by side to say hello. David was at the end of the line. Everyone was all over David; there was an older elder at each of his side. The people had their cameras out and he just smiled, a little nervous because of the situation. I said hello to some of the Elders, gave them thanks. And honestly, I skipped several to get to David. He’s about my height, light skin, dark hair, green eyes and a very special glow. It was unreal to be standing before him and seeing him smile. I was about to speak English to him and say “Hi David, I’m… but I noticed everyone was speaking Spanish to him and no one said David. So I said, Hola, soy Gladys de Argentina, he said, Ohhh gracias por venir. I continued standing there, I didn’t want to leave, so I extended my hand and took his, I put my other hand on top of his and looked him in the eyes and said thank you, he smiled and I left. I think my niece recorded it. She also said hi, I think she’s a fan now, she was so happy to see him in person.

Afterwards everyone was excited, girls screaming “I touched him! I touched him!” He continued saying hello and the cameras continued to roll. He was then taken away. I stayed in the hall breathing the same air David did but it was late.

The Return

There were no buses going to Santiago. We made arrangements for a taxi with another family of four. The ride back was a little tight. We arrived at the hotel and rested for a bit. Went out to dinner and then met up with you all in The Voice Chat to share all about seeing David. I was and am so happy that I wanted to share this with all of you who understand and I would have loved to have you all there with me.

Maybe someone has the events differently, maybe there were 6 songs, maybe it was all a dream, maybe it was a dream that became reality.

It God allows it I’ll be in Chile again on October 13th. Only two Elders will be singing, Archuleta and Coello. I hope it’s a public event, not a private one like rumored. Guess who I want to go see?

I hope you like all that I wrote. Thank you girls.


Mi Visita A Rancagua

Todos los recuerdos del día 15 de julio están dando vuelta en mi cabeza, solo quiero ser fiel a todos los acontecimientos de ese dia. Como dice el dicho, el 15 de julio es el primer día del resto de mi vida, así de importante considero el día que vi. a David por primera vez y lo vi en toda su grandeza.

Estoy agradecida con dos personas maravillosas, casi al mismo tiempo me enviaron la información del Devocional Musical. (un beso enorme a abrra y a dja).

Al llegar a mi trabajo abro mis e-mails para ver si hay fotos, noticias o alguna novedad sobre David. Cuando vi el anuncio di un grito y enseguida me tape la boca con las manos y cuando pude hablar lo único que dije fue “ me voy a chile” Cuando hay algo importante en mi vida lo primero que hago es llamar a mis hermanas y contarles. Ellas trabajan juntas y junto con me sobrina Eliane. Lo único que les dije es ME VOY A CHILE. Mi hermana sabe de mi amor por David y dijo, espera voy poner el teléfono en voz alta así nos cuentas todo. Y como pude les conté del devocional, de David, de canciones religiosas, de los mormones. Por supuesto mis hermanas me conocen y sabem mis locuras cuando hablo de mi tema preferido.

Una voz en el fondo decía (mi sobrina) te acompaño,!!!!!!!!!!!! te acompaño!!!!!!! Voy a chile con vos ¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mi hermana Mary me dijo yo te averiguo sobre los pasajes de avión y mi sobrina dijo, yo averiguo sobres los hotels. Y así comenzó toda esta aventura. Como lo conté muchas veces yo estoy ahorrando dólares para el año 2014 para ver a David en su concierto de bienvenida, asi que respaldo en dinero no me faltaba. Tenía que asegurarme que era un evento abierto al público en general, y llame a la iglesia representante en mi país, hable con una secretaria y ella me dio el mail del representante en Chile. Este devocional era un experimento piloto, era el primero que se hacia. Mi sobrino inicio todos los tramites gracias al bendito Internet.

Llego el día de la partida. Nunca había estado en un aeropuerto y era mi primer vuelo en avión. Esa mañana hacia mucho frío pero cuando llego la hora de salida salio el sol y el clima se puso calido. Sábado 14/7/12 a las 14.25 hs. Levantamos vuelo, atravesamos los andes y me acorde del dibujo que me hizo abrra, yo de un lado y David del otro con un libro en la mano jajajajajaj premonitorio.

Desde el aeropuerto nos llevaron al hotel, el curso de los eventos se fueron dando naturalmente y en orden, sin problemas. La habitación del hotel era un departamento totalmente equipado y muy cómodo. Había muchos brasileros, peruanos, colombianos y americanos de visita en chile.

Cuando terminamos de acomodarnos ya era algo tarde, no habíamos cenado y todavía tenia que organizar el viaje a Rancagua para el día siguiente. Yo quería estar temprano, cerca del mediodía. En el hotel nos informaron que teníamos que ir a la terminal de buses y allí tomar uno hacia Rancagua y decirle al asistente del chofer donde nos queríamos bajar. Yo tenía en mi cabeza la dirección grabada a fuego GRECIA 319, CENTRO JAS DE RANCAGUA.

Yo todavía no estaba nerviosa. Llego el domingo, me levante a las 9 de la mañana. El día anterior hable un rato en el chat de the voice con las chicas y me acosté bastante tarde, pero hablar con ellas me dio mas animo para enfrentar el día siguiente.

Al dia siguiente tomamos un taxi hacia la terminal. Fue algo asi como una hora de viaje. You y Eliane nos dormimos y desperate cuando el asistente nos avisaba que teníamos que bajar. NOs bajamos y caminamos atravesando una feria de frutas y verduras. Ahí pregunte si estábamos en el camino correcto y nos dijeron que si. Por fin llegamos. Eliane me tomo una foto delante del centro. Es un lugar muy grande con muchos pasillos y salones de eventos. Entramos y nos recibió un señor norteamericano que hablaba un español con mucho acento, nos dijo – están en su casa- El devocional comenzaba a las 6 de la tarde y nosotros llegamos, a 3.30 PM, demasiado temprano. Antes de entrar yo vi una camioneta blanca, era grande y con muchos asientos, en broma le dije a mi sobrina, -seguro que ahí vino David- Cuando estábamos adentro mi sobrina miraba dentro del salón y yo miraba unos carteles que estaban pegados en la pared De repente mi sobrina grito y se tapo la boca, yo vi a una persona que paso rápido hacia el salón. Le pregunte con los ojos, y ella (que no es fans jajajaaj) dijo ¡!!!!!!!! Era David!!!!!!!!!!!

Yo me quede en blanco y mire dentro del salón y no vi a nadie, pero por la otra puerta vi. Que salía alguien, de traje negro, mochila en la espalda, pelo negro y una piel brillante y entonces lo vi de perfil, ¡!!!! Era David ¡!!!!!!!!! El estaba buscando a alguien y miraba a todos lados, yo por supuesto estaba parada sin mover ningún músculo. Luego un elder nos invito a pasar al salón donde se iba a llevar a cabo el devocional y nos sentamos en la segunda fila, éramos las únicas, solo los elders y nosotras. Nos presentamos y le dijimos que éramos de Argentina, nos dimos la mano. Le dije que en Argentina no había muchos devocionales, por eso veníamos a chile. Por que habíamos sido invitadas a presenciar éste (pido perdón a dios, nunca hubo ningún devocional, éste era el primero- perdón dios-). Le pregunte si nos podíamos quedar allí y dijo que si, que éramos bienvenidas y allí nos quedamos sentadas esperando y de repente allí estaba David de nuevo, hablando con la gente del coro. Se acerco al pulpit y hablo algo en español, le contestaron en español y se fue hacia el fondo del salón. Yo me moria por seguirlo con la mirada, pero no podía ser tan evidente.

Eran las 4.30 pm y nos dijieron si nos podíamos ir por que iba a empezar las practicas del coro. Yo le dije que veníamos de Argentina a presencia el coro, ella hablo con la señora norteamericana y dijo que como estábamos desde muy temprano que podíamos reservar el lugar a partir de la tercera o cuarta fila. Asi que escribí mi nombre en una hoja y lo deje en la cuarta fila, justo en frente del pulpito. Nos dijo que viniéramos un poco antes de las 6 pm y que nuestro lugares estaban reservados. Nos fuimos, me quede un rato en el pasillo mirando hacia el salón, la puerta tenia una abertura de vidrio y mire hacia adentro, y vi a David, el estaba ordenando las sillas hacia el fondo del salón, en todo momento estaba muy serio. Salimos del centro y fuimos a comer algo en frente y pasear un poco. Tengo que decir que esa parte de Rancagua no era muy linda, no había lugares para pasear, así que entramos de nuevo al centro, nos quedamos en los jardines de adelante. Una señora que estaba allí esperando como nosotros dijo que tenia frío y entro al centro. Yo la seguí y esperamos en los pasillos nuevamente. Yo me quede parada, no quería sentarme por si veía a David de nuevo. Estando parada allí me di cuenta quien era fans y quien era mormón y quien era fans- mormón. Algunas señoras se me acercaron para preguntarme de donde era yo y le dije de donde venia. Algunos elders me contaron que habían servido en mi país y así comenzamos a hablar. Allí casi todos hablan ingles. Los elders mayores son norteamericanos y solo unos pocos hablan español. Reconocí muchos elders que salen en las fotos con David. El único detalle que no prevei, es que yo tendría que haber ido de pollera y fui de pantalón, pero tenia mi saco violeta puesto, por que casi todas las mujeres estaban de pollera.

Estando parada en el pasillo escuche historias sobre el asedio de los mismos mormones hacia David. Por ejemplo, una de las chicas (ella es mormona) estuvo en los pisos superiores el día anterior para presenciar el ensayo del coro, con David por supuesto y como había muchos de ellos en el lugar, los sacaron por que las practicas del coro debían ser privadas. Y otra niña que vino acompañada de un elder y fue hasta el final del pasillo (dijo que buscaba el baño) y me di cuenta que ella no era mormona, ella era fans. Se acerco a una de las puertas y comenzó a sacar fotos. Luego vi que se ponía la mano en la boca y se ventilaba, ella había visto a David. Su amigo y otro elder la llevaron afuera para que se calmara. Luego el pasillo comenzó a llenarse y la gente ya estaba haciendo filas delante de las puertas para entrar, apenas se abrieran, había una silla en cada puerta con un elder sentado en ella, para que no entrara nadie.

Termino La Espera

El momento tan ansiado durante 4 años estaba a punto de comenzar. Finalmente las puertas se abrieron. Todo el mundo entro apresurado y por suerte respetaron los lugares reservados. Mi sobrina y yo nos dirigimos a la cuarta fila de bancas largas, eran como 10 filas creo y luego había sillas, y más atrás había espacio para estar parados. Debo decir que estaba todo lleno, todas las bancos estaban ocupados, las sillas también y detrás había mucha gente parada.

Uno de los elders pidió silencio para poder comenzar, eran casi las 6.30 pm. Pero nadie hacia silencio, luego se levanto un elder mas joven, explico de qué se trataba del devocional, explico la temática y el desarrollo. Y pidió especialmente, que no hubiera fotos, ni videos, ni gritos, ni carteles, ni aplausos. Entonces entraron las chicas del coro, todas de camisa roja. Se situaron en el fondo del scenarios. Luego entraron los elders pero David no entro con ellos, todos se acomodaron. A los costados del pulpito y muy detrás estaban todos ubicados, y justo a un paso del pulpito había 3 sillas, dos sillas estaban ocupadas. Entro David con su cara mirando hacia delante y de espaldas a nosotros, se sitúo a un costado del pulpito detrás de una de las chicas del coro, casi no podíamos verlo.

El elder presentador fue nombrando a todos los participantes del coro y cada vez que nombraba a uno se paraba miraba hacia delante y sonreía. Luego le hacían una seña para que se sentara y así continuaron con todas las presentaciones. Cuando le llego el turno a David, él se paro, miro al publico se sonrío y yo escuchaba de fondo, ¡!!!! Ahí esta, ahí esta, ahí esta David ¡!!!!!!!!!! . Pero el no vio la seña para que se sentara y siguió parado y miro hacia el costado y se seguía sonriendo, hasta que su compañero de banco le toco el brazo y se sentó. El presentador hablo del orador principal, que era el jefe de la iglesia en Rancagua, en verdad, no recuerdo si dijo que el tenia 10 hijos, o hablaba de alguien mas, pero ésta información genero una risa en el salón con David y su companero también se ríeron. Entones se acerco el orador principal para empezar con su disertación y dijo que parecía que estaban hablando en su funeral por todas las cosas hermosas que el elder presentador dijo de él. Todos nos reímos y David también río.

Comenzó tocando el piano uno de los elders (el elder chileno que sale en las fotos con David, uno que es un poco gordito, alto y morocho). Mas tarde otro elder contaba una historia y luego cantaba alguien del coro y así sucesivamente. Tratare de ubicar mi mente es ese momento.

En un momento dado David se paro y se ubico en una de las tres sillas detrás del pulpito, justo delante de mi, yo le veía media cara por que él se escondía, pero supongo que la gente que estaba de costado lo veía bien. El siempre se mantenía agachado leyendo su libro de himnos, pocas veces levanto la vista.

El Milagro

De repente David se paro detrás del pulpito con el libro de himnos apoyado y con la mano encima de él y comenzó a cantar……………. en español………..Una canción muy suave y lenta. Yo podía ver todas sus expresiones, arqueaba sus cejas, cerraba los ojos, su concentración era tal que parecía que estaba en otro lugar y cuando abría sus ojos todavía seguía en otro lugar. Yo estaba en trance, quería absorber cada segundo, creo que en algún momento me olvide respirar, todo era silencio, cuando termino de cantar, cerro su libro de himnos y se sentó.

Luego vinieron más relatos y más coros y luego vino David otra vez.

La segunda canción fue un poco más extensa, igual de hermosa y cuando cantaba David el silencio era absolute. Todos querían escuchar la voz. Debo decir con honestidad que todos estaban alli para escuchar a David.

Durante la tercera canción el pianista fallo, David dio vuelta su cabeza, espero a que el pianista arreglara el desperfecto y entonces David se dio vuelta y comenzó a cantar. Su voz se elevo en un momento de la canción y se sintió un escalofrío general, escuche, ¡!!!!!!Dios Mio ¡!!!! en el fondo del salón. Era una canción hermosa y había tal sentimiento que mantuvo cerrado los ojos todo el tiempo y cuando los abrió, sonrío y se sentó.

David desapareció detrás del pulpito, no lo vi. por 2 minutos, creo que se le cayó su libro de himnos y lo estaba buscando. La cuarta cancion fue algo indescriptible, miro al publico sonrío y empezó a cantar. Su voz era alta y canto con toda su alma. Cuando termino nadie respiraba, el cerro su libro de himnos, se quedo parado frente al pulpit y yo casi me desmayo. Pensé que iba a hablar al público en español. Respiro hondo, miro hacia atrás, al pianista y abrió nuevamente su libro de himnos y empezó la quinta canción. Las canciones anteriores fueron hermosas pero ésta última valió todo mi esfuerzo, todo el gasto, todo el viaje. Si solo David hubiera cantado esta sola canción yo estaría satisfecha igualmente. Su voz lleno todo lugar. La cara de David tiene tantos matices, pasan tantas sensaciones en ese rostro y se nota que él ama la música con toda su alma. Pero también note que el ama su religión y ama a dios y que quiere rendirle tributo cada vez que puede. Yo lo vi tan compenetrado y comprometido.

El Caos

El devocional duro dos horas aproximadamente. Apenas dijeron las ultimas palabras y sacaron a David rápidamente del lugar. Yo me quede sentada un rato tratando de absorber todo lo sucedido. Mi sobrina me dijo que eran como las 8.30 pm y que deberíamos irnos. Estábamos llendo hacia el final del salón y de repente vi un tumulto al final del salón y hay solo una persona en este mundo que puede provocar algo asi. Así que le dije a mi sobrina, saca la cámara y empieza a filmar. Como yo me imagine, los elders estaban como los jugadores de futbol, uno al lado del otro para que la gente los saludara y al final de la fila estaba David. Todo el mundo estaba “encima” de David, el tenia a un elder mayor de cada lado cuidándolo. Pero la gente tenía sus cámaras delante de su cara y el solo sonreia, algo nervioso por toda la situación que se genero. Yo salude a algunos elders, salude a la supervisora y le di las gracias. Y para ser honesta me saltee a varios elders y llegue a David. Él es de mi estatura, es de piel blanca, pelo renegrido, ojos verdes y tiene un brillo muy especial. Era casi irreal estar parada frente a él, verlo sonreír.

Yo estuve a punto de hablarle en ingles y decirle HI David, i am…….. Pero vi. que todo el mundo le hablaba en español y nadie le dijo David., entonces me acerque y le dije:

Gladys: – hola, soy gladys de Argentina.

David: -ohhhh gracias por venir

Yo seguía parada ahí, no queria irme, entonces extendi mi mano, le tome su mano, la puse sobre mi palma y encima puse mi otra mano, lo mire a los ojos, y le dije gracia, el solo sonrío y me fui. Yo creo que mi sobrina grabo todo. Ella también lo saludo y ahora creo que es una fans por que ella estaba tan contenta de verlo en persona.

Después todo fue un torbellino, chicas saltando y diciendo, ¡!!!!! Lo toque ¡!!!!! ¡!!!!! Lo toque ¡!!!!!!!! El seguía allí parado recibiendo saludos y las cámaras frente a el. Entonces los elders mayores lo sacaron de alli y se lo llevaron. Yo me quede un rato en ese salón respirando el mismo aire que David, pero ya era muy tarde.

El Regreso

Cuando llegamos a la terminal de buses en Rancagua no había buses hacia Santiago de Chile. Arreglamos precio con un taxista y compartimos el viaje con una familia de 4 personas, así que fue un viaje algo apretado. Llegamos al hotel, descansamos un poco. Salimos a cenar y luego a las 11.15 pm me conecte al chat de the voice para contar todo lo sucedido. Estaba y estoy tan contenta que quería compartir todo esto con gente que me entendiera y que yo hubiera deseado que estuvieran allí conmigo.

Quizás alguien en algún momento me corrija en algún detalle, quizás fueron 6 canciones, quizás fue todo un sueño, quizás……………Fue un sueño hecho realidad.

Si Dios quiere el 13 de octubre yo estaré de nuevo en Chile. Solo cantaran dos elders, Archuleta y Coello. Solo espero que sea un evento público y no privado como estaban rumoreando. ¿¿ Adivinen cual de esos dos cantantes me interesa ¿???

Espero les guste todo lo que escribi. Gracias chicas.

♦ Many thanks to Djafan for her work in translating this article into English. 

175 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Gladys’ Recap”

  1. Gladys, me emocionó tu relato. Me ha estado dando vueltas en la cabeza ir al próximo devocional. Ojalá tenga la oportunidad y el evento sea público


  2. jans11 said

    Awww Gladys, I loved your recap. Except for actually hearing David sing, I felt like I was right there with you! If I closed my eyes, I could see him getting him into those songs that he loves to sing. You’re right, to hear David sing those songs in Spanish is absolutely priceless!♥♥ So glad to be part of the voice to be able to share this memorable part of your life with you. So happy for you, you so deserve it in all it’s glory!
    And thanks to dj for the translations…great job!


  3. desertrat said

    Absolutely wonderful recap! I’m so glad you and your neice got to hear and meet David.


  4. Thank you so much for the fantastic recap! I have been a long time lurker here at your site but I had de-lurk to say thank you to Gladys for sharing with us her wonderful trip to Chile (“,) Thank you too to Djafan for translating it for us! Just want to say that I really love your site and visit it every day (“,)


  5. Sorry I meant to say that I had to de-lurk to say thank you to Gladys (“,)


  6. SandyBeaches said

    Gladys, so pleased to see that David was possibly a big part of the first devotional and without a doubt the focus of the singing was on him. Truly a lovely event that will possibly be the first of many in Chile. They are kindly giving David the opportunity to share his beautiful voice with the people there.

    It was also an event that has led to the lifting of a ban that was placed on reporting about David during his private time with his missionary work.

    Thank you Gladys!



  7. kimak said

    Gladys thank you.. fabulous recap!!


  8. Gladys

    I love reading your recap. Thank you for sharing your wonderful and meaningful adventure in Chile. Got teary-eyed. I felt every word you wrote, imagining I was there also. I’m happy you got the chance to meet David while he’s on his mission. Seeing him on stage… Listening to his wonderful and angelic voice in a devotional concert… you’re so blessed Gladys. And we’re so blessed also ‘coz you shared it to us. So thank you again.

    David is such an amazing young man, a true and faithful servant of God.

    Thank you so much also to djafan for the translations.

    Missing him sooo much.


  9. Jana said

    Thank you Gladys!! Do you know the names of the songs he sang? I would so love to hear him sing in Spanish!


  10. Thank You so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us, Gladys. I am happy for you and your niece and know David was happy to see you too!! Sharing with us in Chat that very night was so special and again this past Saturday. Hoping you will see David again if it works out for you. I treasure those memories. You are such a faithful fan for 4 years and to have your Dream come true is so special. Thanks Djafan and all who helped with the Translation.


  11. TXNancy said

    Gladys……you are so very loving and caring to share your wonderful experience with all of us! Reading it makes us feel like we were with you! THANK YOU! Chatting with us after the Devotional and this past Saturday evening (& every other time) feels so special. David has brought us all together and none of us will ever be the same. Hope that you can go back to Chile in October…..and we all hope to meet you here in the states in 2014!


  12. funfee said

    Gladys, thank you so much for telling us your story! I have been waiting to read this recap and was so happy to be in the chat room when you had just seen him too! I’m sure you will always remember this very special day! 🙂


  13. Akvr20 said

    Gladys, what can I say beside how happy I still feel for you and will be for sure! You made us go through every moment as we were reading your recap!. It must have been one of your greatest days ever!

    I’m not good with words, that’s why I refrained myself from commenting, I’m not used to comment but only be a reader.
    I wish I had gone with you to Chile.

    this recap was such that I felt I was there by your side.

    I’m hoping I will go to Chile on October 13th

    kudos to you!


  14. bluesky said

    Thank you, Gladys, for your great recap! I am very glad that you got to have this experience. I was touched in your story to hear how DA communicated his deep love of music and his faith in God. You expressed it beautifully.

    This is a time in his life that he gets to really act on those things that have provided him strength in his life. His is conscious of his gratitude. He steps carefully.

    I am grateful for the trust he shows in sharing part of this journey with so many who love him.


  15. bychance said

    Gladys, I think we must all feel this special connection to you. I just recently learned of your story and love for David, but feel like I know you somehow. Your joy at meeting and hearing David makes us all so happy… can almost feel it in the air!! Thank you, thank you for sharing every detail of your experience! I, too, felt like I was right there with you. Going back now to read it all again!


  16. a_f said

    Thank You Gladys, and to all involved in the translation and delivery of this recap. This is such a special read.


  17. Ohh Gladys!! This is such a beautiful recap of your trip.Thank you!! sharing your story in such detail just makes it feel like we were right there with you. You express your feelings, and your heart so beautifully and openly, I know that your ‘thank you’ to David,was very special.I am sure he felt it as you covered his hand with yours.

    “David’s face has so many nuances; so many sensations cross his face and you can tell he loves music with all his soul. But I also noticed that he loves his religion and God. He wants to pay tribute as much as he can. I saw him so focused and dedicated.”
    He will put all hes got into these 2 years as a missionary,because that is how he does everything. He has got to be one of the most disiplined people I have ever seen♥

    Meeting David, and hearing him sing in person is such a beautiful experience you just want everyone to be able to have that opportunity! We especially all wanted it to happen for you, sooo much! That it finally happened, made us all happy Gladys!

    {{hugs, Gladys}}


  18. Suzy-Q said

    Gladys, I am so happy that a dream came true for you and that it was all that you hoped it would be. David never disappoints. Thank you bunches for sharing with us your wonderful thoughts about your experience. We fans, as you know, love all the details. You got to do something that every fan would die for. You waited a long time for this and it finally happened during a time when one would have thought it impossible. To see and hear David sing while he was on his mission is such a special blessing and I am thrilled that it was you.


  19. laciedaf said

    Delurking to thank Gladys for the exciting recap and all at The Voice for everything you do for DA and his fans!!


  20. Colleen said

    THANK YOU for a fantastic recap…I felt like I was there! Awesome experience!


  21. kaycee said

    Gladys, so happy for you! What a beautiful recap…thank you for helping us feel like we were right there with you.


  22. bluebar said

    Especially for Gladys,

    “These are words that say how good it feels
    To be here with you today…”

    Thank you for the recap! You put all of us in a reserved seat!!


  23. gladys1961 said

    Girls, you were with me, that beautiful night.
    Every one of you were sitting with me, in the fourth row.


  24. davidstopsmyaging said

    Gladys, I just want to join in with the rest to say how inspiring your story is. It is a dream come true for you, and for all of us that have come to “know” you in chat and on The Voice. I hope David gets to know your story some day, too, for he would be so happy knowing how much he has changed your life.

    I have to add……I love to see the pictures of you! I have often wondered what you look like—and now I can put a face to your name.


  25. OMG! I haven’t had a chance to visit The Voice lately since my promotion (really hectic work schedule) and now that I was able to, I saw Gladys’ recap of her visit to Chile. My heart is pounding while reading each and every word she said (thanks Dja for the translation). Thank you Gladys for sharing with us the most exciting experience of your life. I am so happy for you! I really wish I could be there to experience the first time of seeing David like you did. I can’t explain the feeling just the mere thought of seeing him in person. Actually, I feel like crying right now and I don’t know why!!!

    Be back later tonight…gotta get back to work…


  26. sunny said

    Gladys, thanks for sharing your story! I have seen David 3 times in concert but haven’t been as close to him as you were. So glad you got this opportunity!!


  27. bleubird19 said

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Gladys. I can tell how happy you were to see, hear and meet David and I’m happy for you. It means a lot to so many of us to hear about your experience. I love that you had your first plane flight to see David … what a great BEGIN.ning. 🙂 Hope you’ll have more lovely David experiences. Thank you to Djafan and The Voice for the translation and post!


  28. stenocruiser said

    Thank you, Gladys, for sharing your joyful experience with us — who would have ever believed we would actually receive a first-hand report about David while he is so far away on his mission? Gladys, you have filled us with the happiness you felt seeing, hearing and meeting David — beautifully written (many thanks to djafan for her translation). How grateful we are to know that David is well and happy and is able to continue sharing his God-given talents. God bless you, Gladys and God bless David.


  29. bebereader said


    Thank you for being so generous in sharing all the details of your experience with us in this wonderful recap! For so long, we have been rooting for something like this to happen for you. Our prayers were answered. This was so deserving!

    Djafan, Thanks for the translation. 🙂


  30. bebereader said

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  31. bebereader said

    To: Colleen, a_f, rubi_DA2014, Tonette and sandritangel

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  32. djafan said

    Gladys!!! Me excite tanto cuando vi que el devocional iba ser para el publico y lo primero que pense fue “Gladys tiene que ir!” Mire su cara, sus expresiones y senti todas tus emociones al leer tus palabras. Gracias por relatar tu aventura con todos ♥


    Gladys!!! I got so excited when I saw that the deviotional was going to be open to the public and the first thing that came to mind was “Gladys needs to go!” I saw his face, his expressions and felt your emotions as I read your words. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us ♥

    One day David will know your story 🙂


  33. Dja! Moi forgot to say thank you! I got so excited reading Gladys’s story, I forgot my manners! Without our in house translator where would we be!?? Gracias!♥


  34. marlie7 said

    Gladys, your recap was wonderful – I felt like I was there with you. I hope at some point we can hear David sing that song that moved you the most – the final one.

    Woo hoo! NDA at 10 PM and I’m actually going to be at my desk. (YES!)


  35. MT said

    I can’t tell you how happy I am that you got to have this experience and I loved your recap. You expressed, so beautifully, everything that happened and all the feelings you had along the way. I could see it all through your eyes and feel your emotions. I’m also glad that I got to share with you in chat before and after you saw David. It was a joy to share that very special time with you.

    Seeing David in person is something you had thought was just a dream. To have it come true like this is truly special and I hope you get to go in October, too.

    Dja, I’d like to add my thanks as well for the translations.


  36. Dayzee said

    Gladys, thank you for being so generous in sharing your experience with David. We are all so hungry for any current news of him and you have brought us a true feast!! You have brought so much joy to all of us. Thank you for being intrepid, throwing caution to the winds and being so David-like in pursuing your dreams.

    Thanks to Andrea, JR and dja for interpreting here and on the voice unplugged.


  37. Dayzee said

    OH, and thanks to Abrra and Dja who find all things David and started this whole delightful episode.
    No way the mission could slip that devotional past their eagle eyes. I kind of suspect this new devotional program was a product of the mission president wondering “what shall we do with David?”


  38. grateful4all said

    Gladys –Through your beautiful words you have not only allowed us to be part of your epic experience – you have contributed significantly to David’s dream of creating a ♪Brooooootherhood of Man ♪♪. I feel so privileged to be a member of this unbelievably wonderful group. To feel such love and respect not only for David but for each other is truly a gift. Thank you Gladys, DJA, all admins, commentors, lurkers, and David. I want a group hug.♥


  39. bebereader said

    Link to Nandito Ako chatroom:

    Starting at 10PM Eastern


  40. Gladys, what a beautiful recap! I am so very happy for you!

    Thanks to dja for the translation.


  41. mollie said

    Gladys…I felt your excitement (and was so excited with you) that night of the devotional when you came to tell us about your experience. And now this recap is pure LOVE.

    “yo hubiera deseado que estuvieran allí conmigo”… Parecía como si estábamos allí contigo. Muchas gracias.


  42. Cora said

    Can someone tell me why this is acceptable when David asked us to leave him alone and respect his privacy while on his mission? Sounds like every other concert recap I’ve ever read. He said before he left “I can’t take you with me.” Don’t give me that junk about it being public and on the internet. FANS traveled to Chile to see him on his mission. At one time, those who thought it was OK to look at blogs and stuff still thought that should be unacceptable. But now this? Call me confused.


  43. gladys1961 said


    Lamento mucho que estés confusa con todo ésto, mi admiración por david nunca pasara la barrera del respeto.
    Yo he contado toda mi aventura en Chile, conté como se desarrollo el evento, tuve permiso para estar presente en ese evento, ya que el propio presidente de la Iglesia de Rancagua lo declaró publico y abierto.
    Jamás hice público en otros blogs una foto, o un vídeo de david en la misión de Rancagua. Te informo que tengo de ambos.
    Y tengo que darte la razón en algo, soy una fans, voy a viajar a donde sea para ver a david y seguiré escribiendo.
    El que quiera leer que lo haga y el que quiera seguir criticando que también lo haga.

    ( sorry for the Spanish, but when I get angry, I just think in Spanish)


  44. betsy said

    Gladys, I am so happy for you. Thanks for the detailed recap, glad you remembered so much. You did such a good job! Bueno! 🙂
    You should know that a friend of mine (who doesn’t post here) also loved it and said it was the best recap she has ever read. 🙂
    I think you made history with this. ♥


  45. gladys1961 said

    gracias betsy.

    who is your friend?? please


  46. dakgal said

    Gladiola— Thank You

    There are three things that simply delight me about your adventure:

    1. That you were able to keep all your brain cells intact –so you could give us this wonderful-detailed re-cap.

    2. That you are not in the dark.or on the outside looking in-anymore –you now know what it is like to meet and hear David sing live!!

    3. That this momentous occasion took place on July 15–which as I read is Josh Bradley’s B’Day ( how do we know that?)
    But July 15 is also my B’Day–so when that date rolls around again–I will think of your special day and not dwell on my age.

    Thanks DJA and Andrea for the translation–now I’d love to hear the translation of # 43


  47. tawna21 said

    Gladys, thank you, thank you so much for sharing your very special experience with us. I felt like I was right there, on the fourth row, with you and your sweet niece. I, too, would love to hear the songs he sang so well in Spanish. If you ever find out what they were, would you please let us know? Dreams really do come true.

    Thank you Dja for this wonderful translation. Your talents do not go unnoticed, believe me!!

    Gladys #43— thank you 🙂


  48. tawna21 said

    Dak #46– copy and past #43 into google translator and you will have another reason to just love Gladys to pieces!!!!


  49. pocoelsy said

    Hola Gladys, what a wonderful experience you had there and thanks for sharing, Djafan thank you so much for the translation :).

    Cora , hi…in my humble opinion no one invaded David’s privacy, this is Gladys’s story not David’s and she just shared HER experience with us who call ourseves as “friends” , the same thing as all those missionaries who wrote about David in their blogs to their families and friends… I don’t think that’s called invade someone’s privacy… they simply refered to /talk about someone they know but it so happened that someone is “David Archuleta”!!. I think it is inevitable or impossible not to talk about David encounter (at all), he’s someone we know…someone we count as “a friend or family..even!”, though Gladys flew from Agentina to see him, she and her niece showed porper manners-beheavior whatever you call it, no fangirling on their part there, they just went there.. showed their support and admirations toward him as an elder.

    I’m not sure if you read her recap or not but here she said “I had to make sure the event was open to me also, so I called the representative in my country. They gave me the Chile contact information. This devotional is an experimental pilot, the first of its kind.” so if it’s restricted to just the local the rep shouldn’t give her the contact information in the first place, and there’er flyers posters ect. so ummm public!!!, and if anything I think the devotional experimental pilot was a success since it’s a full house the messages were delivered far and wide and I’m sure it has something to do with David’s presence just a little…may be.

    “Define privacy”, but then what do I know. Peace 🙂


  50. tawna21 said

    different snippets!! *I did listen–a good ‘fail’*



  51. gladys1961 said

    43.dedicated to Cora.

    Sorry you’re confused with all this, my admiration for David never pass the barrier of respect.
    I’ve told all my adventure in Chile, I also told, the development of the event, I had permission to be present at that event, the president of the Church of Rancagua said the event, public and open.
    I never made ​​public in other blogs a picture or a video of david in the mission of Rancagua. I tell you I have both.
    I have to give you the right about something, I’m a fan, I will travel anywhere to see david and keep writing.
    Whoever wants to read, you can keep doing it, and whoever wants to continue criticizing you will too.

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ sorry, I almost fall asleep.


  52. Gladys♥
    “some people are never content, unless they are sucking the marrow of happiness from your bones.”

    unknown author


  53. sweetonda said

    Gladys, I saw that your recap was up this morning but couldn’t read it until now. I’m in awe of all you have written, your wonderful experience in seeing David for the first time and all the emotions that you felt. It will truly be a day that you will remember. Thank you for sharing with us. We, as fans, love to live vicariously through your adventure. All we have to do is close our eyes and we are there with you sharing in the moment. I’m so glad you were able to attend the devotional and I’m praying that it will not be the last that you will have a chance to attend. If they are open to the public there should be no problem. What a wonderful way for Elder Archuleta to share his talent with others and also share his love for his faith. Gracias!

    Dja and all who helped with the translation. bless you!


  54. sweetonda said

    Someone who didn’t make it to the first devotional in Chile said she will have two more opportunities. Not sure if this is true, but I read over in comments at FOD that David will not only be singing at a devotional in October but also on the Temple grounds in December…Christmas hymns FTW!!! I can see this happening because David is known for his Christmas music. Here in Arizona and also in SLC they have performances every night for days before Christmas on the Temple grounds. What do you say Gladys, are you up for a Christmas concert?


  55. Abrra said

    Thank you Gladys! Since the day I sent you the poster that was posted on the Chilean Temple Facebook, I just knew you would find a way to attend the devotional service. Everything about your journey was like riding on an emotional roller coaster! So many fans have come out of lurking here on this site, and in Unplugged, just to hear your experience. All the “firsts” like flying in a plane, hearing David sing all songs in Spanish, and meeting him to thank him in person have become part of your personal history. To some this might not sound like a big deal. To those who love you like a sister, it is a true miracle. I have known you for about 3 years online. My one wish for you all this time has been that you would get the chance to hear David sing live and meet him in person. I never would have imagined that it would be so close to your home.


    Gladys, mission accomplished!

    Abrra 615 days


  56. krbdavid1 said

    Gladys, Thank you so much for the recap of your visit to Chile. You definitely took us all with you on your experience and did a great job at it. I am so happy that you got to experience this. You deserved this. You are a lovely lady.


  57. SandyBeaches said

    In fairness and understanding to Cora and ever other fan of David’s, there was a time when we were given tight restrictions on what we could post about David. His mission work was off limits on the sites. If we brought a picture, it could not be posted and that was up until his public appearance. Stories could not be printed . The word ‘respect’ was handed out and duly noted.

    Obviously the rules have changed without actual notification and as the months go by, David is once again on a poster for a public occasion which is all fine, well and in keeping with his mission work as he continues.

    It might not seem so obvious if it had not been of big concern in the beginning. We can’t change the rules on the sites without some confusion to the readers.

    It is definitely a near impossibility to have such a tremendous talent kept quiet for so long. So it was four months and as the months go by we may very well see his public appearances more often for everyone’s enjoyment in some way.

    Like Cora, I remember when the word ‘privacy’
    meant we could write the words ‘Elder Archuleta’ and that was it anything else was turned away.

    It is a gift now that there will be public appearances in the future followed by pictures and newspaper articles. We have always known the power of David’s music.



  58. SandyBeaches said

    Please excuse the mistakes on my cell phone entry. We are travelling and on our way to cottage country for a few days. Take care everyone…

    Keep warm David, a little more winter to go!



  59. ray said

    Hello All, loved glady,s recap. now to rant this devotional has brought new meening to david respect vlog.i thinkwhat david meant was if you see me on myrounds as a missionarie leave me alone. i am elder archuleta (not david archuleta)if this is not true then the church has disrespected david,s wishes big time,or we have our famous(can,t say no david back) david says he doesn,t know why he is doing this mission but must, his diehard fans can say the same thing,bit feel we must follow this amazing young man. anyone who thinks (imop) they can surive 20 months living in the past with david ,better think again.we will only surive if we have news and pic. of david on his mission in the comming months. thanks everyone just tired of people trying to make me feel guilty because i want to know how he is doinging


  60. just caved in and listened to the new snippet of ‘Broken’. 0>—< (<<<<that would be me… on floor)


  61. I combined iTunes’ 90-sec clips with Amazon’s new 30-sec clips and what do we have???

    105-sec clips of the 10 BEGIN trax


  62. Suzy-Q said

    My interpretation of David’s statement about why he is doing this mission is that he wonders what he, personally, has to contribute. Why me? What do can I do that’s worthwhile as a missionary? What is it that I need to do? I have had some leadership positions in my church and wondered what do I have to contribute? Why me and not someone else who has more experience or leadership skills? But as I fulfill my new responsibility I become aware of my talents and realize why I am there. David seems to alway be asking, ” why me?” Why did I make it to second place on AI? Why do fans stay with me for as long as they have? Etc.

    Skydancer, If you look over to your left, I am on the floor next to you after listening to “Broken”. lol


  63. jackryan4da said

    You could download the 105-sec previews – individual songs & 1 continuous loop – from here


    ps: For those still staying snippet free, my hats off! But be afraid. Be very afraid.


  64. fenfan said

    Gladys – Love your recap. You are one lucky woman. I hope you get to see him perform again in October and December and Forevermore!!!
    The new snippets – I have no willpower; I listened to them all. I am counting the seconds till August 7.
    #Sky – Make room. I am joining you on the floor!!!


  65. Suzy-Q said

    JR, You are so good to us. Thank you for those longer snippets.

    For those of you are are putting off listening to the snippets, why deny youselves even one day less of hearing these songs? OK

    Fenfan, Can you bring snacks? I think that there’ll be others joining us.


  66. djafan said

    Thank you JR!!!! I’ve listened and downloaded! We are going to need lotsa floor space!!

    I love surprises!!!!

    jon daza ‏@JonDaza
    Hello Archies around the world! Do not forget to vote at for I’LL NEVER GO – DAVID ARCHULETA! Major surprise is coming!


    Still #1

    by The Ology Team .
    On Jul 25, 2012
    1. David Archuleta 14080
    2. Jessica Sanchez 12750
    3. Adam Lambert 3330
    4. Lauren Alaina 2755
    5. Haley Reinhart 915
    6. Kellie Pickler 710
    7. Joshua Ledet 555
    8. Chris Daughtry 505
    9. Danny Gokey 400
    10. Jennifer Hudson 350

    Mr. David Archuleta remains at the top of the rankings. Sure, he has the number one spot, but we can’t forget about Ms. Sanchez. She is only a couple hundred points away from snatching that spot up again. I mean, it wouldn’t be an Ology first if the second place person ended up winning it all. It has happened before.. and hey! Could happen again.

    So far it has only been a contest between Archie and Sanchez. They have some pretty big fan support. That being said, anything can happen in these games. Perhaps all those “Glamberts” are waiting for a certain day to storm the fronts with fans. Who knows? Joshua Ledet has made a pretty big jump from last to 7th place. I say we give him, along with all his fans a round of applause.

    There is still a lot of time left. Get out there and SUPPORT your favorite singer.

    I have one question though… What is it about Archie that you all love? Is it that smile? His songs? Voice? Or is he just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? Let me know in the comments, I’m very curious.


  67. Angelica said


    I want to add my thanks to you for your generosity of spirit in sharing your feelings with us about meeting David and hearing him sing live for the first time. I remember years ago when you meekly came into unplugged knowing no English, but with a great love for this gifted young man. I would never attempt a Spanish chat room but you entered into the conversation just like you entered that plane to travel to Santiago: with a kind of perfect love that casts off fear. So thank you for taking us to that place he goes when he sings. We didn’t actually have to hear him ourselves to know what it must have felt like, because your feelings were those of all of us. Many of us have been there and know, but you never had and it was a thrill to share that special time with you. You labeled that part of your article correctly, it really is a miracle what he can do with a song.

    I am a little bewildered at being accused of changing the rules of the site. My rules were only that no blogs be posted of other missionaries written for families and friends, without their knowledge that they might be quoted out of context or criticized by over-protective fans. I allowed pics of David at MTC, posing in casual attire with his companion missionaries, but that was the last of the photos that have appeared on this site. Since he arrived in Chile, no photos of him have been posted excepting the devotional poster that was produced by his mission for dissemination to the public and media. No photos or videos of David accompanied this post, though they do exist.

    These are uncharted waters for us all, including David. As Ray pointed out, even David on the eve of his going, was not exactly sure why he needed to do this. He is learning as he goes what God wants him to do and how he can best carry out His will. We are all learning and it is a fluid situation. David has asked for respect and I think we and all of his fans have given him that and are still trying our best to do what is right and still keep the home fires burning for him. He said he can’t take us with him. He can’t take his family or friends with him either, though of course, he can communicate with them with the little time he is permitted.

    I am sure I never said or read on this or another site that we can only refer to him as Elder Archuleta for the next two years. To be sure, if one meets him face to face while on his mission, that is the only way he can be addressed. But for a singer/celebrity who has many fan sites and is releasing music, videos, and promo while he is away, he must also continue to be David Archuleta, the Voice.


  68. poof said

    I have a list of thank yous. Of course, to Gladys for her love, bravery and beautiful post, to DJA for the help with the english, to Ray and Angelica for saying what I was thinking and to Cora and all the posters for sharing their thoughts and feelings.

    I also think this is a very fluid situation. David did not know what would be expected of him when he was on his mission. When I try to put myself in the shoes of the Elders and Sisters in Chile, they also must have not known what to expect having David join them. We are very far from Chile and a culture away as well. Getting a young pop star that makes the girls (and ladies) scream must have been confusing to them too. If you don’t know David, you could think it would be time to bring him down a notch and help him learn some humility. But then they met David. And then they heard David sing. It has changed our lives. Why wouldn’t it also change theirs and perhaps their plans for him. You cannot put David’s light under a barrel. It looks like they are figuring out how to best let that light shine.

    To me, if we are sharing what has been made public, we are being respectful of David and his mission.


  69. josiann14 said

    Gladys, I want to join all others fans and thank you for your heartfelt recap! It was pure joy to read and it brought tears to my eyes! I could feel your love and respect for David so strongly. This trip was meant to be for you and indirectly for all of us too as we felt we were there too, listening to him and seeing him, it was balm to our soul. You are one gutsy lady Gladys, truly David has the best fans and I am proud to be one of them.
    those snippets…my heart skips beats, I stop breathing, I cry….not sure I will make it to the 7th. That VOICE!!! Tooooo much.
    Thank you all for being here.


  70. djafan said

    Thank you all for your comments regarding the translation. It was a pleasure to translate. Keeps my brain limber.

    I also want to thank everyone for sharing your thoughts, concerns and confusions lol
    Like Angelica said these are unchartered waters were on. Like David said in his last vlog he’s not quite sure why he had to make this decision and we’re also trying to make decisions to do our best by him. (I’m still confused as to why I feel compelled, obligated, responsible etc… to be here for him lol)

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  71. djafan said

    Gladys (((hugs)))

    Remember this??? @13:32!


  72. Cora said

    Thank you for your responses. I didn’t explain myself very well I guess. I was just thinking that just because Gladys, who I’m sure is lovely, lived in SA and got permission to go, why is that different that if I called up to get permission and traveled there, or if a fan group from the US decided to go seek him out on his mission? Does proximity make it more OK? I don’t know. I just sort of think that is expressively what he did not want. Of course everyone will do what they justify to themselves to do. I’m not trying to stop anyone. No need getting angry at me just because I’m expressing my opinion. I just think I would feel better when I meet him again post-mission if I can say I truly tried to let him do his thing and not make his mission more of a ‘fan’ experience than it’s obviously going to turn out to be. If he’d wanted fans to travel to hear him sing, and take pictures and get autographs and read blogs about him, he could have stayed home. What I justify in my mind, which could be as wrong is what you do, is that he wanted a break from all of that to focus on God and to be a normal guy for once in his life. He never will have that chance ever again you know. Just think of that burden. So even though it looks like not very many other people are going to do it, I am going to give him that chance in my own little way, from my own little fan world experience. I care about what his real feelings are. And if there is the tiniest bit of suspicion that he would be unhappy about fan stuff on his mission, I don’t want to do it. I’d rather err on the side of too much caution.

    The other thing that makes me think, is that he has given us almost constant music and vlogs and pictures of him NOT on his mission to tide us over. I mean really, guys, we haven’t been starving for non-mission David stuff and the album hasn’t even been released. I can happily focus on that without having to interrupt and intrude on his mission to fangirl. So for those who will not survive for 20 months without mention of him, well, guess what, we don’t have to. His career is plainly one thing where we can carry on as normal. His mission, in my opinion, based on my interpretations of what he and Kari have said, is not where we carry on as normal.

    Thank you for listening. I know there are others that feel as strongly. It just sometimes really does confuse me at times and I feel all alone.


  73. gladys1961 said

    M.U.C.H.A.S. G.R.A.C.I.A.S.

    T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U.



  74. gladys1961 said

    gracias por el video, hermosos recuerdos.

    Cora I understand, but I disagree


  75. bebereader said

    “Nandito Ako” chat last night was tons of fun! Every time we watch together we catch new things we didn’t see the time before nor the time before that. We watched Week 1 last night; the good stuff starts in Week 2 so stay tuned for next Tuesday!

    Please note that aside from being our “Behind-the-Scenes Geek” here at The Voice, and apart from her full-time job and family, djafan does translating professionally. She’s a one-woman operation and gets full credit for the Spanish to English translation of this article.

    I read Gladys’ recap twice the day it was published. Then I read it again before posting this comment. There is nothing that is disrespectful. It’s simply a poignant recollection of events leading up to a fan’s very first encounter with David, who she waited so long to meet. She very generously shared the details of her story. Was this considered David’s private time? In my opinion, since it was open to the public, it is not considered private time.

    I appreciate your comments. I think that David surmised and was well aware that fans would be at the devotional since it was a public event. In an ideal world, he’d be able to separate his private life from his public life, but as David’s popularity continues to rise, it will probably get more difficult as time passes to accomplish this feat.


  76. bebereader said

    To our new posters, grateful4all and Cora:

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  77. DAFAN said

    I completely agree w/ Cora! This is wrong on so many levels. I know fans will rationalize their behavior in any way possible to make this behavior right in their heads… but in the end it’s just wrong and disrespectful. Going to one of Davids church meetings while on his mission as a “fan” is disrespectful and I’m horrified that this story that reads like a concert VIP event is even posted. I have a feeling if David were to see this on a fansite he would be just as disenchanted by the story and the fact that its posted. He worked his fingers to the bone up to the day he left for his fans so that this would not happen. He should have just spent the time w/ his family if his “fans” were just going to chase him down anyway. It makes me sad. I don’t care if David was singing in a church right next to my house within walking distance. I know my boundaries and I know what he has asked of me as his fan. I would never even think of showing up early like at a concert… reserving my seat… and sitting there as a fan. It’s just so wrong. But just my opinion… continue to rationalize all you want…


  78. pocoelsy said


    Right on, and it will be even harder for everyone…David included, when 7 Aug arrives and BEGIN. drops, it’s is an outstanding cd. both production wise and that voice of his.


  79. gladys1961 said

    77. DAFAN.

    You are very hurtful.
    I tried to ignore comments like yours, but you’ve gotten hurt me.


  80. DAFAN said

    My apologies Gladys… I see that you are a very lovely fan. I just have a different outlook on this situation and was just taken w/ the fact that a fan recap of one of David’s church meetings is posted on a fansite.


  81. Ana said

    I generally don’t post here but read frequently. I apologize for being a bit shy. Tonight, though, seeing some comments I felt the need to offer something. It makes me sad to see people sitting in judgment on other fans. We all care for David. Who are any of us to call the way one person cares for him wrong? People say they speak the words of David but they are coloring it with their own interpretation. I will not offer my thoughts on specifically what is being talked about tonight because its not my place. I will just offer this verse that I’m sure David is familiar with:

    “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven”

    Lets not split apart at a time when we most need to stick together and support each other. With that wish, I’ll go back to being quiet and reading. I think you are all awesome fans ❤


  82. cq#DA2014 said

    Correct me if I’m wrong, wasn’t that event that Gladys attended opened to the public and was even advertised….I don’t get it, I don’t see any disrespect at all….nothing but wonderful things were said about the whole evening…now how can that be disrespectful!


  83. Boneneng said

    Thank you Ana!!! Well said.


  84. Suzy-Q said

    David’s purpose on his mission is to convert people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The devotional was a missionary effort and if Gladys was there as a fan she wasn’t the only one. People came to see David and he hoped that by their being there they learned something about his religion. Did Gladys learn more about David’s faith or more about David himself. I think she learned more than she knew about his religion. David would approve of that.


  85. bluesky said

    Ana… Amen!!



  86. betsy said

    Things change, nothing is written in stone, nothing is black and white. I believe that David’s President allowed the public into the devotional because he heard him sing. And when he sings, you can feel God’s presence. Many have. I have. What could possibly be wrong with that? Nothing. It’s beautiful. And ten times that when it’s shared. ♥


  87. bebereader said


    Gladys did not write a recap of a church meeting; she wrote a recap of her experience meeting David for the first time.

    We all think we know how David would feel, how he would react and what he would do. The reality is that we don’t know how he would react. Perhaps if any fans were there, he was glad he was able to teach them about his religion.


  88. Merlyn said

    I am a closet fan so I occasionally come here to read articles and comments. I just want Gladys to know I am thankful for her recap. It’s a confirmation to me that David is doing exactly what he went to Chile for. He wanted to share his faith to people and he is doing that partly by singing. When David asked the fans to respect his decision to become a missionary, I thought he was telling the fans to try and not make it difficult for him to fulfill his duties. In my mind, there is nothing in Gladys’ conduct that would fall in that category. There are fans that jump into hurtful accusations like they really know David’s heart. It makes me cringe when I think of fans who think they know what’s good and what’s bad for David. Who do they think they are?????!!!!! I don’t think that Gladys’ trip to Chile to listen to a missionary sing in a public concert where everyone is invited would impede that missionary’s ability to fulfill his duties. David probably didn’t even know she came from another country. To him, she was just one of the audience. And if these know it all fans are angry because her recap is posted here, I just don’t see anything that is disagreeable in the article. David happens to be a celebrity and he has a huge following. You can’t stop any form of publicity for him. I dare you to try!


  89. MT said

    Thank you for that comment.

    At each fan site, the administrators must make the calls on what is appropriate. I think our admins here have done a wonderful job of it.

    As Angelica said, this is uncharted waters. We love, respect, admire, and support David and we do the best we can to stay together waiting for him. I don’t think anyone can ask for more than that.

    We do not know what is in David’s heart and mind. But I do believe he is hoping to have a fan base to come back to. Everyone who comes here is helping to make that happen.

    A heartfelt thanks to all the Admins for all that you do. I think you are all fantastic.


  90. MT said

    76. Bebe,
    I really like that pic you used for the welcome sign. 🙂

    LOL I should pretend to be a new poster so you can put up a nice gorgeous David pic for me!


  91. Abrra said

    It’s great to see many new posters here at The Voice.

    I’m Trying to Be like Jesus

    With commitment

    1. I’m trying to be like Jesus;
    I’m following in his ways.
    I’m trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.
    At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,
    But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,

    2. I’m trying to love my neighbor;
    I’m learning to serve my friends.
    I watch for the day of gladness when Jesus will come again.
    I try to remember the lessons he taught.
    Then the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts, saying:

    “Love one another as Jesus loves you.
    Try to show kindness in all that you do.
    Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
    For these are the things Jesus taught.”

    Words and music: Janice Kapp Perry, b. 1938

    Abrra 614 days


  92. marlie7 said

    Cora and DAFAN: Respectfully, who do you think they meant when the Church put up posters that said “Open to the Public”? Does it mean, “oh, except for David’s fans – they can’t come.” Is a fan not the public?

    If this was a session that was private – and it was leaked to the public – then your concerns would be absolutely valid. No one should be sneaking into private events or hovering around while David does his day-to-day duties. But that was not the case. The Church even saw fit to have a greeting session afterward. They aren’t unaware of David’s celebrity. I’m sure they knew that there would be some people there to see David in particular. They dealt with it carefully, and pleasantly, even establishing reasonable boundaries for that event that the fans respected (don’t address him as David, no hugs, no screaming). Seems like all handled it in a very classy way – both Church officials and fans.

    The next day, everyone went back to their normal business and perhaps with a fuller, more joyful heart. No harm done.


  93. DAFAN said

    With all due respect I heard David loud and clear when he said on his final vlog the words… “respect”… “this is a very private thing”. I will continue to take that as off limits to anyone not getting his weekly emails. Although this was a public event… Davids mission is private to him. If he wanted us to know precisely where he is and what he was doing he would be sharing it through Kari. If this recap were about learning of Davids faith instead of the nuances of his face, his eyebrows, and him dropping his hymn book I might look at the situation differently. But I don’t read any excitement about learning about David’s faith… which is what the church meeting was for. I’ll do as Cora and just know in my own little way when David gets back and when I look him in the eye that I kept everything about his Mission as private as he asked me to keep it. I know David will share what he wants to share with us when he gets back. And I will be excited to hear his stories. I enjoy visiting Davids fansites… I respect that everyone has their own opinion… I also hear David and Kari in terms of what David’s wishes are and in my heart I’ll continue to do whats best for me… just support David and enjoy everything that he has left for us.

    Gladys… I love that you love gave David. I’m happy that you enjoyed your time at the devotional. Again… I apologize for sharing my opinion the way I did in my original post. I’m not a mean spirited person and I hope that we can just agree to disagree on this topic.

    I don’t pretend to know what is in David’s head… apparently I just interpret what David has asked of me as his fan in a much different way. I really like The Voice so I will continue to visit on occasions when there is not something posted about David’s private time.



  94. ray said

    how sad that people come to this site and otjers, read what is posted !!!! the critize the person who posted, you did just what you are telling people not to do????


  95. ray said

    david worked very hard to leave his fans with something,and is paying a team for tow years to keep his name out ther and his fans,happy wouldent it be sad for all fans sites to shut down (in respect for david ) nto to talk about him would all be for naught)


  96. palmtreephan said

    Ana, AMEN! Abrra #81…..just beautiful!

    I really feel compelled to speak up here, too. I am beyond thrilled that Gladys was able to experience what so many of us have already had the opportunity to enjoy, that being meeting David face to face and hearing him sing live. However, it is also very unclear to me where the “boundary line” is drawn. There are pictures and videos from the greeting session that occurred following the devotional (where cameras and video were clearly allowed) and I fail to understand how those are more of an invasion of David’s privacy than a blow by blow account of what occurred behind the “closed doors” during the devotional itself, during which participants we’re instructed to not take pictures or videos to maintain the spirituality of the event. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED hearing about Gladys’ experience but it’s just really confusing for me, too. I am not passing judgement on anyone and it really makes me sad when others do pass judgement based on what they think they might or might not do in a similar situation. The fact is, you just don’t really know what you would do until you are walking in those shoes.

    This whole matter is very open to individual interpretation and we all must do what we feel is right and I feel all the moderators at all the fan sites have been very respectful thus far. It’s a tough job and I certainly wouldn’t want to do it but, in the end, we must all follow our own conscience in our quest to do the right thing. One thing I know, we all love David and want what’s best for him. DAFAN, it was very sweet of you to offer the apology to Gladys that you did. What’s the old saying? “Say what you mean, just don’t say it mean.”


  97. ByDesign said

    I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Gladys for sharing her first experience of hearing David sing and seeing him for the first time! I lurk here everyday and so enjoy The Voice and all of the commenters and site admins and bloggers. Bullying comes in many forms and using guilt as a weapon is as good as any, I guess. I am on the side of fans being able to go to a public event if they are able to attend. I feel sure Gladys was not the only fan there and that the reason for the large turn out was because of David’s part in the event. I have no idea what David actually meant in his goodbye vlog but I do know it has been beaten to death at this point. I wish those of us that are left and trying to support David so that he has some sort of foundation to build on when he comes back, would just agree to disagree on some issues and move forward. If you choose to look at missionary blogs and read commentary from a fan living her dream of seeing David for the first time, go for it. If you choose to not read anything about David on his mission, go for it. Bullying people, either way, will probably accomplish nothing more than further polarization of the fanbase and prejudices that will last long after David returns.


  98. bluesky said

    Dear Friends

    In the missions of the LDS Church, each area has a mission president whose job it is to oversee all the service done by the missionaries in that area. It is his job (together with his wife and some assistants) to see to their safety, their training and to set the goals for the mission as a whole. Each mission president is different in their own way. There are of course, the standard rules that will always apply. Then each mission president is asked to prayerfully care for the people in their own area, both those who are members of the church and those who are not. I imagine DAs’ mission president has prayed about how to care for both Elder Archuleta and the people he comes in contact with: whether or not to make use of his exceptional talents and if so, how often and in what manner. His mission president knows that if Elder Archuleta sings – that is going to effect the kind of mission experience that he is going to have. And it is going to effect all who hear him. Each in their own way.

    Will this be good or bad?

    Actually… I have no idea. I believe that this is best left up to those responsible for making those decisions. And I have no reserve in praying for not only DA (Elder Archuleta!!) but also his mission president and his companions, those he meets, etc. that the Lord will use him in the way He most desires, that DA will feel he is doing His will and receive the closeness of spirit and peace and joy to which he is so completely dedicated.

    My feeling is that the angst comes from each “fan” deciding how to personally support DA during his mission, especially with the “respect” video in mind!

    Would I travel across countries to hear him sing while he is on his mission? That question is answered in different ways by different people in different situations. And if his mission president is aware (as he must be!) of people doing just that and still has Elder Archuleta sing, then that is his call to make. That is between him and Elder Archuleta and the Lord. I trust them to work it out. God is good. DA is where he is for reasons we can hardly fathom. And I have reason to trust his “fans”. I see no division, just passion. I feel a deep gratitude for all who have been touched by DA and his great heart – because they DO care – no matter they may see things from different views. I think our discussion can help to support each other as we respect our differences. After all, DA sees our “true colors”, we can look with our hearts as well.

    What I see is each ‘fan’ considering in their own hearts what is the best way to support DA. What could be more appropriate than that?

    Lastly… I have often had a spiritual experience while listening to DA. Will some have “fan” experiences while listening to Elder Archuleta? Pretty sure that is going to happen. But I think the Lord knew that.

    With love and gratitude,


  99. poof said

    As usual, Bluesky, you have found the right words. I also have been touched by the sometimes heated discussion in this thread; So much love and passion for a young man that is living his life to help others find their love and passion.

    Being a fan of David is an amazing experience. I have learned so much about myself and this sometimes tricky world.


  100. #91 Thank you Abrra for posting David singing “I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus”. I was fortunate to be there for this show at Beaver Creek a few days after his Announcement. It was and is so beautiful and heartfelt. The Message is beautiful.

    #98 ..and thank you Bluesky for your comment. So gentle and informative.

    I remain very happy for Gladys and so Proud of the Aministrators here who have supported her for several years here.(and felt support from her) I believe Elder Archuleta was very pleased to see her at the Public Devotional.

    I would suggest for those that have issue with something posted to let the Administrators know through the Contact Us information Tab at the top.


  101. violet4ever said

    Thank you Gladys for your recap. It must have been moving to hear David sing hymns in your language.


  102. djafan said

    Good Morning/Afternoon!

    Welcome to The Voice all delurkers and sometime posters and long time regulars!!!

    I went to sleep thinking what a passionate group of fans David has and I awake to find such uplifting comments. Thank you all ♥

    Those that passionately disagree are entitled to disagree. My only hope is that it’s done in a compassionate and respectful manner because you have to remember that there are those (like me) that passionately disagree with you. Does that make me right? Make you right? I don’t know. But I do know that we all love David and we are doing our best on this unknown journey. If I were in Argentina I would have done exactly what Gladys did. For those of you that know her and her love for David for the past few years this was a miraculous blessing. An opportunity that may never present itself again though I hope it does.

    I have been to many VIP’s and if I had to pick one thing that I observe in David is that he doesn’t judge, ever. He may not understand our unconditional love for him but he accepts it and if may go out on a limb here I believe he now embraces it, remember he ‘s in relationship with his fans, his words not mine. So I’d never presume to know what he would think or not of anything that goes on. I can speculate with the best of them but that’s it.


  103. djafan said

    Start ologizing!!!!

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour
    Come on Archie’s!! Make sure u all follow, post & comment on ology today!! Help him win Just a few hours left!


  104. Abrra said

    #98 Bluesky

    Thank you for this “… it is going to effect all who hear him. Each in their own way.”

    David spoke of the gift of music that he has received. I can only think that back when he was told that his career could count as serving his mission, they just didn’t think BIG enough. He is right where he is meant to be, doing what he was born to do.


    Abrra 614 days


  105. bluesky said

    Abrra: Oh Yes. He is Effectiveness Squared!!

    I still remember the occasion shown in the video above. Clear as if it were yesterday, I am standing a few rows back and up to the left of the stage on the risers.
    It was my very first ‘road trip’ with friends to see DA. We had a blast. He tried out new songs. We were ecstatic. Then he came back on to do an encore. He was holding the green hymnal. His lovely piano accompanist sat down at the keyboard. We held our breath.

    DA began to explain how he had this favorite song. He told how there were many times during Idol that he did not know what might happen or when he would wonder why he was there at all. He shared that at those times he would sing this song to himself and it would help him. He told us that he thought it might be appropriate at this time and place to share a bit with us how very much his closeness to the spirit meant to him and how that connection helped him like no other could.

    He said he would need the book because he might forget the words as he sang. We could all tell that this was a very tender moment for him.

    He sang.

    The tears rolled down his face and down ours as well. He sang to his God and painted an image of that God on our hearts – as though he saw the image clearly when he closed his eyes, and just as clearly when he opened them and gazed into our eyes.

    When he finished so many of us were frozen in place. I know that I and those around me hardly knew if we clapped or cried or spoke or breathed for some space of time.

    I will never forget.

    Oh, yes. He will effect those who hear him.

    Peace, love and joy be yours, DA. Today, tonight and always. Rest in the arms of that angel you love. Work with all your might. Play. Laugh.

    Then come home and bring all your mind-blowing amazingness with you. We want to play, too. And we will.


  106. emmegirl14 said

    Gladys, you write from your heart to the pen. It’s beautiful.

    Bluesky ♥


  107. smanda/mandaberry (same person, shoulda stuck with one name all along!) said

    I am as uber protective of David and his mission as anyone, probably more than most, and I really think this event was different. It was public. I loved the recap. It was respectful and loving. I loved the little snippet of video that showed up with the giggling girls. It was respectful and loving. I do understand the desire to protect this time in David’s life and think the rest of his experiences should be private. But this one was public. Different. Completely. I realize this has been said and resaid above, I just wanted to add my voice. And to say that I loved and agreed with Bluesky!


  108. bluesky said

    Abrra: love you! (((hugs)))

    “He is right where he is meant to be, doing what he was born to do.”


  109. fenfan said

    #91 Abrra Thank you for bringing that video over. Just exactly what’s needed. To me, it’s one of the most moving performances by David. I just cried my eyes out watching it. Happens every time.


  110. pocoelsy said

    Abrra#104, Bulesky#105, you make me teary eye here, ❤


  111. gladys1961 said

    The person sometimes do crazy things for love or admiration, I have crossed the Andes, and do it again.

    I like my sentence.


  112. djafan said

    Gladys, I like your sentence too 🙂


  113. MT said

    Gladys, I like it too. 😀 And I loved your recap of your trip. Thank you again, for sharing with us.


  114. Gladys, I like your sentence too ♥ 🙂


  115. stenocruiser said

    Gladys — I also like your sentence. Your recap was just perfect. I love you. God bless.


  116. djafan said

    Still doing nicely 🙂

    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

    #7 in Music > Pop > Adult Contemporary > General AAS
    #11 in Music > Pop > Vocal Pop > General
    #16 in Music > Broadway & Vocalists

    Walmart Shop Best-Selling Preorders

    BEGIN. (4) $10.00

    Sears BEGIN. by David Archuleta

    Release Date: 8/7/2012
    UPC: 783027022926
    Label: Highway Records
    Catalog Number: 5080050
    Sales rank: 25

    Deseret Bookstore

    #1 Davidbegin_list
    BEGIN. by David Archuleta


  117. annmargaret said

    Gladys I like your sentence too. I love your recap of your trip. Felt like I was right beside you. I hope you get to see David every opportunity that comes your way. I look forward to reading your next recap.


  118. bebereader said

    Gladys, I woke up to say I like your sentence, your recap and your determination. Your A+ in my book! 🙂


  119. kimak said

    Gladys I like your sentence too. 🙂


  120. karenkid said

    Thought provoking thread. I trust God to work it all together for good. David’s love for the Lord will make it so. 🙂


  121. bluesky said

    111 – Gladys:

    You. Are. Love. ((((hugs))))


  122. David’s smile comes to mind while watching the video clip from the excited ‘fangirls’ at the event..speaks volumes.

    Enjoyed your story Gladys & thrilled that you had the opportunity to meet David ~a life changing experience in itself ((hugs))


  123. Aww, that was so awesome. Thank you so much Gladys for sharing the story.


  124. utahmom said

    Gladys, I’m so happy you had such an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing it.


  125. emmegirl14 said

    Simply love that beautiful puffy-eyed pic at the top.


  126. djafan said

    Ex-American Idol singer David Archuleta is covering U2′s “Pride” on his upcoming album.

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
    Alright @Davidarchie fans, use the 30% off coupon code: SUMMER for the next 2 days to pre-order BEGIN.

    breanne #DA2014 ‏@breanneruss
    YAY!!!!!! @DavidArcchie is #3 on @WISE_RADIO’s Top Ten Most Requested Artist of the Week Countdown!!!!! They are #np Good Place!!!

    ING is #8 on MYX:

    ING is #2 on Chart Central:


    1. David Archuleta – 55325 Points
    2. Jessica Sanchez – 43655 Points
    3. Lauren Alaina – 39215 Points
    4. Adam Lambert – 4395 Points
    5. Haley Reinhart – 2015 Points
    6. Kellie Pickler – 1580 Points
    7. Joshua Ledet – 1415 Points
    8. Chris Daughtry – 1365 Points
    9. Danny Gokey – 1260 Points
    10. Jennifer Hudson – 1210 Points

    A little “END OF THE WEEK” contest refresher for all you ‘American Idol’ fanatics! Did you know…? Both Lauren Alaina and David Archuletah teams earned EXTRA POINTS this week! Why? Well they were able to get their idols to re-tweet about the contest.

    If you’re new to this contest and need a refresher on how to earn points for your favorite finalist, here’s the original contest link with all the details:


  127. djafan said

    David heard of the tragedy in Colorado.

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie
    A message from D about the Aurora tragedy. “really sad to hear about the shooting. My condolences go out to the victims of the shooting”(ks)


  128. MT said

    hahaha Have to share this. >>>

    Phone rings:

    Me: Hello

    Caller: Hi, It’s David here.

    (For a split second I kinda freaked out.)

    Me: Who?

    Caller: David. (voice sounded way too much like him)

    Caller: I’ll be in town tonight and wondered if you’d like to have cocktails with me.

    Darn! Turns out it was a wrong number and NOT our David inviting me out for cocktails.



  129. djafan said

    U2 ‏@U2_WhatNow
    David Archuleta talks about new album, ‘Begin’

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook This is for those of you that have pre-ordered the new @DavidArchie album BEGIN.

    This from Janel on FOD …what???!!!

    Janel aka Nellie says:
    July 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    FM 100.3 answered me: We’re working on a special celebration of David’s newest album release. The details will be announced on August 6th! Kurt Bestor did an amazing job helping to produce the album. We can’t wait!

    Utah Picks ‏@BestofUT
    Cafe Rio is buzzing again: – RT @camXanderson Apparently our state is defined by mountains, David Archuleta, and Caf…

    So REM ‏@SoCelebREM
    David Archuleta talks about new album, “Begin” #REM

    TT Party tonight! 8pm eastern time!

    Songs From An Angel Begin David Archuleta


  130. djafan said

    hahahahahaha MT ayayayay

    Loving the buzz from U2 followers 🙂


  131. djafan said

    An oldie but goody from Muldur 🙂

    Published on Jul 26, 2012 by 8throwcenter
    David signing autographs at a leisurely pace for the AI concert at WB in 2008. Twas lovely


  132. Abrra said

    OHH love seeing NEW old videos !

    Calls for some scream caps!







    Oops they are small 😉
    Abrra 613 days


  133. bebereader said

    What a sight for sore eyes! For any eyes! LOL I love love love those Idol autograph videos! I missed out on the Idol tour (what was I thinking? Ha! Apparently I wasn’t.) That must be why I crave the videos; one after another after another after another. Talk about handsome. Handsome handsome handsome. Why am I talking in threes? Oh my ODD is in overdrive today!

    MT, Loved your story! haha He’s everywhere isn’t he? Always in our minds and hearts.


  134. bebereader said

    David tweets!

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

    It’s Christmas in July! Check here—> for a limited …

    Get your tshirts and drawstring bags from The Christmas Tour 2011.

    Ten more days until BEGIN!


  135. bebereader said

    8th row center gave us another goodie.
    It’s the audio of “Angels We Have Heard On High” from Ann Arbor, set to pictures from CFTH tour.

    “Audio recording of David’s performance of Angels We Have Heard On High in Ann Arbor. Don’t believe there is a full recording of this performance on youtube and it’s really a beautiful one. I put some pictures to it.

    Angels We Have Heard On High Ann Arbor.mp3


  136. emmegirl14 said

    dja 129, thanks for always bringing links over. I like to click on them so they know he still has a strong fanbase that is interested in whatever he is doing.

    And likewise for the AI tour video! Thanks to you too Abs, nice selection.

    Bebe, I spent countless hours, no, countless days watching every video I could find during that tour. I will never tire of them. To this day, I can’t watch just one….I just keep going from one to the next, to the next,…his charm just oozes out in these videos. And love how everyone around him always has the biggest smile. And you talk in three’s because saying it once just doesn’t do him justice!


  137. 135.thanks Bebe! great audio on that song, sounds gorgeous (after the first few “ninja at work” seconds) haha
    aww he sounds so good ♥ I remember how strict they were in Ann Arbor. Seems like the first we heard anything was from another great fan who cut a hole in her purse to record David(I can’t remember who that was…anybody remember?) didn’t know 8th row center had this song. what would we do without our ninja recorders? they are so awesome!

    Abrra , good screencaps!( I like that color shirt he has on 🙂

    MT. hahahaha! thats hilarious. I can just see your ears perking up….”who?”.lol

    Dja, you are working mighty hard ♥ thanks for getting all that info out.Gosh, that picture of David is gorgeous. I don’t remember ever seeing that one before gahh that hair!


  138. Dayzee said

    There goes Abrra rocking my world with scream caps again. I was watching her masterpiece “Mr. Confidence” in The Voice Unplugged yesterday when I remembered Abrra mentioning in chat that she had a difficult time writing. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how many words is that video worth? There are not enough words to explain or replace “Mr. Conficence” for me. I just hope Abrra continues to do her writing with visuals instead of words.

    Pretty sure David was sent to Chile for a reason. My personal opinion is that part of that reason is for David to connect with Gladys and others like her. Gladys was one who felt that magnetic pull of David from the very first time she saw him. We all wonder why that happens to some and not others. I think she did not travel to Chile as a “fangirl” but rather as someone whose very being needed to reach out to him. I applaud her restraint in making sure she approached this experience in a reverent and respectful manner. I really feel Gladys’s position is different from mine, or those of us who have had many opportunities to meet David.


  139. betsy said

    Hi guys. 🙂
    Sky, that was Emily with the ninja-altered purse recording device in A2. She was sitting a couple of rows ahead of me. If I remember correctly, her parents help her make it.
    I met a couple when we were walking out that night who had quietly recorded the entire show. They were huge fans. Two gorgeous men. I often wonder what they did with it. They told me they had the whole thing. I wish I’d gotten their names. Oh wells. 🙂
    Love the Begin talk amongst the Rem and U2 fans.
    Oh – I lasted 2 days while trying to revirginize my ears to the snippets. I am not good at it.
    I am afraid to click on the AI video. I already know the outcome. And I have to get up for work in a few hours.
    Ok, maybe just one.


  140. skydancer1x said

    138. Dayzee “If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how many words is that video worth?” HA!
    ahh, “Mr. Confidence” , yes indeedy!one of her best, if not THE best….just file that one under poetry Abrra…poetry in motion.:))
    and Dayzee, as to what you said about David, and Gladys.. I could not agree more!

    Betsy, didn’t know you were there that night.:)) How wonderful! (and thanks for answering my question”.♥


  141. emmegirl14 said

    “Ok, maybe just one.” how’d that work out for ya. 😉


  142. emmegirl14 said

    Found this on cnn, “Has Image Overtaken Music”, thought some might find it interesting.


  143. Abrra said

    Emmegirl Thank you for the link.

    This is exactly what David is doing with his career, post Jive. He is cutting his own path in music.

    “You needed the record label. You needed to go to the recording studio. You needed to get on the radio. You needed to be in record stores. You needed all these intermediaries. Everybody I ever became aware of followed that map,” he says. “And now technology has completely disintermediated the business, and so now you have music and art, and people who consume those things directly. Therefore, it can go anywhere.”

    The author hits this point about authenticity.

    “I think a lot of this stuff is specific to particular genres and subgenres of music, and the old distinction between rock and pop, where the people on the pop side are not expected to be authentic in the same way as the people on the rock side,”

    David has proven that he is authentic when he sings ANY genre of music.


    Reading this article brought me back to Angelica’s

    “It is a sound as pure as the life and soul behind it, as rich as the scope of all his days, and the accumulated wealth of countless acts of sacrifice and kindness. It… he, lifts you up and wafts through you like a clean mountain breeze, redolent of spice and wild flowers and a kind of natural, virtuous sensuality.”

    “He who laces the shoe is himself the gift. The gift shows himself every time he appears. He is there, always, in whatever he does, the living personification of his art. He is the piece of the puzzle that fits so tightly there is no space he does not fill. He is David Archuleta and he IS the Voice.”

    One of my all time favorite articles.

    Abrra 612 days


  144. Julieta said

    Wow Gladys cada vez que leo tu historia me emociona!,sentir la presencia de David de tan cerca debe ser tan maravilloso,ojalá algún día pueda compartir esta experiencia con vos,te mando un abrazo enorme!

    Google translate
    Gladys Wow every time I read your story I’m excited!, Feel the presence of David so close to being so wonderful, I hope someday I can share this experience with you, I send a big hug!


  145. angel said

    Coming out of lurkdom to say that I am disheartened to read that some fans feel the need to chastise Gladys because she traveled to see David at a “public” devotional event.  Who has any right to say to anyone else that they shouldn’t attend an event that is open to the public…much less a spiritual event?  A “fan” doesn’t have the right to attend a spiritual event because David is part of it?  David’s Mission leaders knew exactly what they were doing when they opened this event up to the public.  I don’t recall reading on the event poster that only people from the local area could attend!  They knew people would be attending because David was to be part of it.  His picture was featured prominently front and center on the poster.  What was their hope would happen with this spiritual event…that people might draw closer to Christ or investigate more about the Mormon faith?  Who would even DARE to question how the Spirit moves a person? NO ONE could ever know what seeds were planted in hearts that night (even in the fans of David Archuleta). David is on this mission to grower deeper in his relationship with God as well as to bring people closer to Christ. I would hardly feel David would want anyone turned away from attending because they were a fan of his.

    I simply do not understand why some fans keep bringing up the issue of respect.  David has asked his fans to be respectful of this time and I have yet to see anyone not doing this.  I have yet to hear that fans are chasing him down on the streets of Chile asking for autographs.  All the pictures I have seen of David on his mission have been pictures where he has posed in them.  If he doesn’t want his picture taken, then he can open his mouth and say no thank you!  Simple!  If fans don’t feel they should be reading missionary blogs or looking at pictures of him on his mission…then don’t…that’s your choice and I respect that but please stop trying to put a guilt trip on those who choose to. 



  146. MT said

    145. Angel,
    Hi! So nice to see you coming out of lurkdom. 🙂 Please feel free to join in on the conversation any time.

    And I agree. We all love and respect David here.


  147. Abrra said




  148. betsy said

    Yaaaay Chat!
    # 147 Is it me or does that not look like David?

    Angel, welcome! I loved your comment.
    “What was their hope would happen with this spiritual event…that people might draw closer to Christ or investigate more about the Mormon faith? Who would even DARE to question how the Spirit moves a person? NO ONE could ever know what seeds were planted in hearts that night (even in the fans of David Archuleta).”


  149. emmegirl14 said

    Was wondering Abrra if there is a chance at an encore performance of your video tonight. Hoping to get myself a seat.


  150. Gayle122890 said

    Is anyone else getting this message at Unplugged?: “The Adobe Flash plugin has crashed”. If I’m the only one…What do I do??! 😦 Thanks for your help.


  151. Abrra said

    Just have to reload the browser page to reset that. It can happen anywhere that you play a video, such as youtube. Once it does happen, it affects any site you try to play videos on, its not a specific to Unplugged issue. Refreshing the page will reload the plug in.

    If you want a particular video played, just ask 🙂


  152. Angel, love your comment.

    For all of us here who have come to know Gladys….well, simply put, to know her is to love her.And we do.
    We encouraged her to “tell us all about everything, all her new experiences. Fans from near and far are happy for Gladys’s dream come true!
    It was a very moving and special moment for our Gladys, and we all were feeling it, believe me.

    words are like razor blades, and words can cut deeply……we need to always be cognizant of that. its not always what you say, but how you say it.


  153. Angelica said


    And thanks. Loved what you said.


  154. angel said

    Thank you for the warm welcome! I will “un-lurk” (lol) more often! 🙂


  155. bluesky said

    Angel – aptly named. Fun post!!


  156. betsy said

    David’s name is nowhere on this video. But his voice is all over it. 🙂
    So beautifully done omg.

    credit to K0NTR4B4N


  157. Abrra said

    Oh MY! What is Anya up to now that Josh is out of the country???


    We all shouldn’t miss the 3rd episode of Pidol’s Wonderland presents “Maria Carpa” later on TV5, 5pm. ♥ @jascurtissmith

    Abrra 612 days


  158. Abrra Oh nooooooooo! wait,is it really Anya?? or her long lost twin sister?? or did Anya have an accident that caused her to lose her memory of Josh Bradley, her one true love ,and yet somehow finds herself strangely attracted only to dark haired men with head injuries??

    156,Betsy,another great find, Very Nice.
    (Alas, I watched the show this season, and any number of Davids songs on the Forevermore cd would have fit).♥


  159. Abrra said

    The plot thickens! I saw this on a tumblr page.


    Abrra 612 days


  160. skydancer1x said

    EEEEK! Her mind is playing tricks on her …as she gazes in the mirror, in disbelief at what she sees… she is overcome with an uncontrollable urge to shave her face! she bolts from the room, but is unable to erase the haunting image in the mirror from her mind,,,,


  161. djafan said

    Welcome to The Voice Angel. Great comment 🙂

    Missed chat 😦 I’m sure it was awesome!

    I wonder if this is happening at all theater’s. Great promo.

    Vicki ‏@VickiFOD
    At the theater & they promo’d @DavidArchie’s Begin cd!! OMG! playing snippet of “You R Beautiful” now!!

    Vicki ‏@VickiFOD
    Here w/ Hubs, 1st ones in the theater. To see Dark Knight. @DavidArchie promo made my day! #Begin


  162. dakgal said

    #160 Sky—–EEEEEK is right!!! But -why can’t I stop going back to look at it???? 😯


  163. MT said

    “did Anya have an accident that caused her to lose her memory of Josh Bradley, her one true love ,and yet somehow finds herself strangely attracted only to dark haired men with head injuries??” ROFL That is hysterical. And looks like it’s true! hahaha

    That Jonya pic is just plain funny. And somehow strangely attractive. LOL

    As for the Advertisement of the theater playing Black Knight,WOW, I hope it runs in evey theater across the country! Does anyone know what state she’s in? Is she in Utah or elsewhere?

    BTW WordPress is giving me fits trying to comment. It’s jumping all over the place. I can’t even see what I’m typing. 😦 Is anyone else having problems?


  164. MT said

    Oops, that would be DARK Knight. 😀


  165. jans11 said

    My son went to see the Dark Knight picture and he said they didn’t show the Begin promo here in KC. But, it’s so neat that it is even shown, where ever! David needs all the promo they can give him to keep his name out there! A week from tomorrow night is my midnight date with Walmart!! ♥ haha
    By the way, it was 114* on my deck earlier…’s down to 112* now!!


  166. annmargaret said

    This is an off topic question. Does anyone remember what kind of car David won on AI? I know it was a Ford but was it an Escape? I read on another site it was. The reason I’m wondering is because I drive an Escape. If it is true I can’t help but feel happy!


  167. emmegirl14 said



  168. bebereader said

    Welcome to The Voice! Please de-lurk for good! 🙂

    dja#161 Promo for BEGIN at the movies!!! Makes me want to go to the movies just to see the promo. Let’s see. Warner Bros. produced “Dark Knight”. Wonder what the connection is between Warner Bros. and BEGIN.

    #160 The Jonya pic just gives me the creeps!

    Jans#165 Wow it sure is hot there! Hope the weather cools down a bit for you.

    Annmargaret#166: I believe David won a Ford Escape hybrid on American Idol!!


  169. ray said

    got an eduction at chat last night.LOL


  170. gladys1961 said

    sorry, but I do not understand your sentence? what you mean???


  171. ray said

    gladys all i can say you guys were funny last night,all good lol


  172. Dayzee said

    Was really late to chat last night due to unexpected Neil Diamond tickets. Neil was always a favorite of mine until David. Actually the Neil Diamond AI was the first time I watched. I had seen David in Star Search, but I was not prepared for when I saw him on AI. I watched to see Neil, and was surprised that I thought David had outsung him. And everybody else.

    Anyway, Oddity went with me and we had a great time. Neil has 4 x’s as many musicians (they are real musicians, not wannabes) and backup singers that David does not. He really sings and has no fireworks or naughty words or anything just for show. I was trying to figure out the difference in liking Neil and being crazy nuts about David. For one thing, I did not care if Neil was sweaty. I have no clue if he wore form-fitting pants because it never occurred to me to check. I didn’t mind the crowd being noisy. It was a party and lots of fun, but did not change me. David changes me.

    I am ready for a David concert. But I will be really happy with a new CD. Yay!! And pretty soon the first JULY will disappear from the side bar. Double Yay!!


  173. jans11 said

    Dayzee, glad you got to see a Neil concert! I have got to go to 2 of them and they are a lot of fun. He always been one of my favorites, along with Elvis. But I have to agree on the David “thing”. He just has “it” that makes his singing soar way above anyone else! He doesn’t even need any music, his voice is so pure and in tune!♥ So, David is now #1 in my book and always will be.
    7 more days until I have that sweet album in my little hands!!♥ Oh, to hear the whole songs!


  174. 172.Dayzee,
    ” I was trying to figure out the difference in liking Neil and being crazy nuts about David. For one thing, I did not care if Neil was sweaty. I have no clue if he wore form-fitting pants because it never occurred to me to check.” ROFL!! hahaha

    glad you and Oddity had a good time.HA! My nephew had a dvd of one of his concerts from a couple years ago, and he had so many people on stage with him it was crazy!all excellent musicians and singers.
    “It was a party and lots of fun, but did not change me. David changes me.” ♥ I love that Dayzee. I know no one else has ever affected me the way David has. Its almost like calling ourselves “fans”, is an understatement.

    168. bebe, that picture is creeping me out now! bwaaaa!

    Jan, good golly miss molly! so hot!
    and I thought it was bad here in the Dallas area..we only hit 106 today..


  175. bebereader said

    New article!!! ———>>>>>>


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