David Archuleta Says Goodbye Before He Leaves on Mormon Mission

David Archuleta bids an emotional goodbye to fans on the eve of his departure to go on a Mormon Mission. He’ll be off the grid for two years, completely, as he does spiritual work for the LDS in South America.

Aw. David. We are so going to miss your funny tweets, your beautiful talent and that sweet countenance of yours. Hope your time away is fulfilling and you come back to the wordly world with a new perspective.

Do you know who else is going to miss David? David Cook, who shared the top 2  with Archie in Season 7.  He wrote on twitter, “Everyone go show @DavidArchie some love. He leaves for his 2 year long mission tomorrow. Best wishes, Archie!”

If your looking for some music to soothe your soul during David’s absence, you can buy his  new album, Forevermore— a collection of all original Filipino classic love songs written in English.  Details on where to buy are on David’s official site.

UPDATE: According to KSL, David is going to Chile.

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  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Awwww. Bye David! He’s such a sweetie. I hope the experience turns out to be fulfilling for all involved.

  • http://twitter.com/KathyHsayshi KathyH

    Not sure if this link will work, but David’s tour manager, Kari, tweeted this photo soon after the vid was posted (to explain, a large group of fans put together a video with each person or group holding a sign with those specific lines included. David watched the video and followed the instructions as a response to fans. So love that guy):

    I’m going to miss him so much. But I’m so happy for him and looking forward to his return.

  • Anonymous

    You can also buy the Forevermore CD for $12.95, including free shipping here:  http://www.wowhd.com.au/CD/david-archuleta-forevermore/dp/28313959/53054855
    People who ordered from there were told their CDs were shipped today.

  • Anonymous

    Aw!  Your note was so sweet MJ!! Got me in tears again!!  I am so proud of David A. for following his journey and his willingness to sacrifice at this time of his life.
    The people he will serve will indeed be blessed.  I have Forevermore ordered and will look forward to the Album that will be release in the US sometime while he is on his Mission. (rumored to be Fall)  Wise Radio has been playing his songs non-stop for an hour at a time today and reminded us they will continue to play his music while he is gone. They also added that during the Holidays they will play his Christmas music.  Many of the FanSites will remain open as will his official site:DavidArchuleta.com  and his twitter account  @davidarchie:disqus .  His manager will be monitoring his accounts and fan mail. 

    He is a special young man and he has some pretty special fans who will continue to support him and his charities.  Many fans have adopted needy children through Child Fund. 

  • Anonymous

    That is so sweet of David to take that picture. I love it. 

    In the midst of all that David had on his plate he took the time to do this vlog for his fans. How can you not love him?

    I am so excited and happy for David. I know this something that he has wanted to do for years.  I think it is going to be a wonderful experience for him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IKAPTNAJ2NDD2P5QWGFWGEY6ME Mary

    Bye David! He’s such a good guy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    A rather somber vlog from Archie.  He’s a sweet guy.  Good luck to him!

  • http://twitter.com/hazeleyd71 Michelle G

    I really love David, his music, and everything he stands for ? I’m so proud and blessed to be a fan of his. I’m so happy he’s following his heart and choosing to Serve and devote his time to God over the next 2 years! I wish him all the best. I can’t wait to get my Forevermore albums in the mail! Thanks MJ for this heartfelt post today :)

  • callmecrazy

    Awe Archie…..we will all miss you and wish you nothing but the best, and happy travels in your worthwhile mission.  We’ll be here waiting for you to return to us….o/o/o/ARCHIEEEEEEEo/o/o/ 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I’m not going to lie, I’m going to miss Archie.  He sure is a very special human being.  There aren’t many like him in this world.  Bye David, we look forward to hearing from you on your return from South America.  Hopefully, these two years will go by quickly for those of us who will miss him.  :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5IK3PM77MUXPFHZVNMHM3GIIMM Christina

    ahh :( i’m going to miss him..

  • http://profiles.google.com/angelofdja kathy condon

    I will miss that VOICE!
     I do believe David will be an awesome missionary. His new experiences will also give him many ideas for future music.
    Two years…really isn’t that long in the scheme of things! ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I keep tearing up every time I read these posts so I will  make this short —  “see you soon, David – we love you!” 

  • Anonymous

    I tell myself…This is not a sad time, it’s just emotionally charged.  The 2 years will fly by, and David will return from South America a full-fledged Latin Lover.  That cheers me up.

  • sue

    Awww… your words got me to tear up again MJ.  He is so good to us, thank you David and take care. WE will be here when you return in 2014. 

  • Anonymous

    He is a very special person.  Brooke just tweeted him and she called him a bright light. I think that is a great description of him.

    Brooke’s tweet: Elder Archie, Go share that bright light, we love you, we’ll miss you
    & couldn’t be happier for ya! See you in 2 years buddy :)

    Melina tweeted David as well:  Dear @DavidArchie: Thank you for inspiring all of us to follow our hearts completely! Love you and I’m so excited for
    you! See you in 2014!

    PS: Your video made me cry. Thanks for that. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I had no doubt that David would do a final video blog before left.  He treats his fans with so much love and respect….hope and pray that we all do the same for him as he embarks on this special journey.  Godspeed David!

  • rhed31

    That was such a sweet final vlog. So calm and a little sad, but who wouldn’t be? He’s going to do great. That picture of him with the sign, SO SWEET! So nice of Cook, Brooke, and Melinda showing their support and love.

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck & safe travels to David.  I really admire him for doing this, and I, too, will miss his adorable tweets. 

  • http://twitter.com/sunnydays44 sunnydays

    I cried so hard watching David’s vlog!! I’m going to miss him so much! Not many people would put their lives on hold and do something like this. What an incredible young man he is!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little emotional today so I apologize in advance.

    Its hard to say good bye to someone who has been a source of such happiness for years. Not that David was my only source of happiness but he was a good, reliable one. It like saying… no more ice cream for two years lol. WHAT?? BUT I LOVE ICE CREAM! IT MAKES ME HAPPY! haha

    But yeah, that’s just a (really bad) analogy. On the other hand, I would never feel so happy for losing ice cream as I am for losing David. While its a sacrifice to leave everything behind, I know its something he has wanted to do for a long time. So I don’t begrudge him even a second of the time he will spend there and I’m excited for him to experience a new culture and find the fulfillment he’s looking for.

    Probably the best thing that has happened in my life as a result of following David’s career are the friends I have made. People who have changed my life and will continue to do so. People who I’ve built very real relationships with. People whose families I’ve come to know and whose couches I’ve slept on lol. That’s the biggest thing that I will always be grateful to David for — for being the impetus to forging new friendships. And I guess his music isn’t too bad either ;)

    Sorry for this rambly comment that likely doesn’t even make much sense. My brain is all over the place today. I look forward to the music that David has in store for us, both while he’s gone and after he gets back.

    P.S. That picture is love. #DA2014 indeed.

  • Anonymous

    All the best to you David! Stay safe and stay healthy!

  • ninah

    I completely agree with Brooke White! David A. is
    one of the most special human beings that I´ve ever known or heard of! 


    And some more Idols tweeted so far, as well as
    Michael Orland, and his friend Jennette from iCarly, and Eula & Jasmine
    from Nandito Ako:



    Carly Smithson ? @CarlySmithson

    Just had a surprise phone call from @DavidArchie. One of my favorite people !!!!!! I love our
    chats. Be safe on your mission my friend


    Michael Johns Online ? @mjohnsonline

    @DavidArchie Wishing you all the best from everyone at
    MJO! Safe travels!!



    Michael Orland ? @MichaelOrland

    @DavidArchie I wish you the best of everything for your next 2 year project.
    Bless you!!! And look forward to seeing you SOON!!!! :)



    Michael Orland ? @MichaelOrland

    @Maricorgi @DavidArchie David’s a great guy – and he’ll be successful
    at everything he does. #GoodHeart



    Jennette McCurdy ? @jennettemccurdy

    Aww, so happy to see “Good Luck David Archuleta” trending. One
    of my dearest friends. We’ll all miss you, Archie!!

    Eula Caballero ? @oheulacaballero

    Thankyou David
    Archuleta for THE David Archuleta that loved us and we loved, love and will
    always love :)

    Jasmine Curtis-Smith ? @JasminCurtis

    From Pinoy Archies, Eula Caballero and Me, our thank you message for
    David Archu… http://goo.gl/fb/e4klZ

  • Indigobunting

    Good luck Archie :)  God speed.

  • Anonymous

    I am going to miss David so for me this vlog is kind of difficult to watch. I do think it is great that he mentioned he is going to South America and wants to be part of the Spanish/Latin culture. Also it is awesome that the Kari Sellards, his road/tour manager, is taking care of his twitter while he is gone. Two years is a long time to be away from his career. I wish him nothing but the best as David is the best. Good Luck David!!!!

  • ninah

    I´m sorry, MJ… I tried several times, unsucessfully, to edit the space in my post! :)

  • Anonymous

    I gotta fess us, this video made me cry.  I have enjoyed being a fan of David’s since Idol.  It’s been a pleasure watching him grow up.  It’s been an even bigger pleasure listening to his beautiful voice and watch his adorable vlogs.  David is a special guy, there is a light about him, and an innocence that is refreshing.  No pretense with him.  My two youngest daughters are big fans.  They listen to The Other Side of Down still!  Well so do I, I have my own personal Archie playlist that will never get old.  I am also looking forward to what he has in store for us while he is away.  Two years will fly by….I hope.

    I hope this mission is exactly all he wants it to be.  I must admit, cynic that I am, it made perfect sense that he needs to do this.  Godspeed David. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think this little guy has a clue as to what a blessing he is to so many people. There are not enough people like David in the world. He really is one in a million.  Godspeed, little David.  You make the world a better place.

    Thanks, MJ.

  • Anonymous

    Just got home.  Tried to stay really busy today as I knew that a vlog was coming and I needed to work up to it gradually.  Just always amazes me at what a thoughtful young man David is.  He really is an amazing roll model for not just young people but all of us.  He looks so young, but he is so much more mature in many ways than many of us older folk.  He is going to be an outstanding missionary.  Two years seem like a long time, but many artist take 2 years off to do an album, have a family, etc. David has left us 2 albums, and I have heard that they are working on getting a DVD of the minii-series available with English translation.  I believe their is a Forevermore video, and there may even me a behind the scenes video of him working on his US CD.  There were 2 photographers who worked with David last week, so we may get some pictures, too.  It still is pretty amazing how much David has succeeded in doing without promotion from a recording label and with no airplay.  Talent and hard work can make all the difference. 

  • Kitwana

    Very sad to see David A. leave the spotlight for 2 years especially with all the recent excitement of the miniseries, the OPM album and the upcoming U.S. album. However, thanks to David’s hard work over the past few months, I think fans will have plenty of David stuff to keep them busy over the next 2 years.  Sony and Ivory Records in the Philippiness are only starting their promo of the Forevermore CD.  Thanks to the label’s push, songs from the CD are being picked up by big pop stations in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.  Who knows what else the label has planned for the CD.  I still hope they find a way to distribute it in the U.S. via iTunes.
    I really respect how David handled his departure for a two year mission.  It would have been pretty easy to milk the two year mission for lots of free publicity or media attention. Much like the many artists who are constantly announcing their endless “farewell” or retirement tours or celebrities who use personal tragedy to get on the covers of tabloids to promote their projects.  But he never did.  Just a low keep goodbye vlog for his fans.  Just really impressed with this guy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    I have to admire anyone who takes his beliefs seriously, which David obviously does.   I wish him good luck on his mission.

  • HappyDaisy

    David (Archie!) has always been so sincere, one of his finest qualities.

    The tweet from the other David (Cookie!), is kind and heartwarming.

    Those two made Season 7 mighty fun and special.

    Wishing David A. all the best on his journey and much happiness.

  • djafan

    David’s it isn’t goodbye vlog.  It’s been an emotional day, happy and sad simultaneously lol Smiling through tears.  My admiration for David’s character and humility just grows and grows.  David’s farewells to his family, friends and fans …period.  Wishing David many blessings during his time of service for him and those he serves.

    So proud and I will definitely be actively supporting David during his time away.  New music, videos, behind the scenes stuff, Nandito Ako with english subtitles and who knows what more.  Kari (met her a couple of times is absolutely wonderful for David, professional, caring, smart, organized, knows her stuff) will be handling his mail making sure it gets to him (I will be writing him :) and twitter updates from the man himself. 

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    Godspeed, Elder Archuleta. Hasta 2014!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVTKPJB65ZII3OD54ZVA5TKSZI Lee

    Be safe dear Archie.
    You are an incredible young man. We will be here waiting for your return.
    God keep you under His mantle of protection always!

  • Anonymous

    I thought I was going to be sad today but David’s video and the I’ll Be Back photo Kari posted were just perfect and made me calm and hopeful. I feel David in my heart. And wow David made so much stuff for us in the last 10 weeks – filmed the 5 week miniseries, 2 albums, a music video and 3 photoshoots (not to mention all of his Asia performances, mall shows and press conferences the PH and Singapore fans were so nice to stream live) – all in 10 weeks. What an amazing guy.  I will miss him bad but we can do this.  BTW for anyone who doesn’t know, his DavidArchie is his correct and only twitter – I hope you follow him and help get him that last 50,000 to 1 million.

  • jonnyk

    Probably you guys have watched this video from fans all around the world.  But worth to post it again.  I have never seen a young man who inspires all walks of life at such a young age by just being who he is. Wished Cook were there.


  • Kitwana

    I know David did not leave with a lot of fanfare but it looks like his story has been picked up by the mainstream media. AP did a story earlier today which has been picked up by some 120 news outlets. Fox stations are also doing stories. Huffington Post has a story. Access Hollywood has a story.

    Can’t say I’m surprised by the interest. Popular Idol Finalist/popstar/teen idol suspends career for 2 years to pursue LDS mission. The story could write itself. It’s particularly timely when you consider that the country may have it’s first Mormon president ever. Downside is that the more coverage there is, the less likely it will be that David will be able to serve his mission in complete anonymity. Also, while the coverage had been positive today, I’m sure the negative stories will come. Will be very interesting to track the course of this story.

  • Anonymous

    i have never seen that video. it’s just amazing!  do we know if David has seen it?  i hope so!!

  • rhed31

     he said in his goodbye video that he watched the whole thing. that’s why he took that picture posted on the top of this article. to go along with it. :)

  • Anonymous

    MJ, there isn’t a LIKE button big enough for the kind words you said about David.   I was doing fine until I read your post and now I have watery eyes.  I’ll blame it on “allergies.”  =)

    David holding that #DA2014 sign is tremendously sweet.  Love him and wish him the best!

  • ozarko

    Aw, how sweet.  Matt Giraud, from season 8, included himself in that “I’ll be here #DA2014” video…

  • ozarko

     And so did, Jambajim!

  • LK11

    I just had a chance to see David’s farewell video. He is so humble. It brings back so many memories of the last four years. God speed to David! 

  • djafan

    Thank you MJ for you awesome write up and for including the picture of David holding the sign.  That has so much significance to his fanbase.  Had me smiling thru my tears :)

    I’ve received my Forevermore CD!  It is amazing.  David’s voice is flawless.  No gimmicks, autotunes, just the voice.

  • djafan

    I’ve had dozens of google alerts in the last couple of days picking up on David starting his mission worldwide.  It was announced at one of the pieces done on the news in Utah that David will  be in Chile, South America.  David has 3 fan sites being operated for him there.  But everything I’ve heard is that his privacy will be respected and Chile is not a small place.

    David Archuleta – Why Utahns Love Him @ Top 5on5 KSL feature (28 Mar)


    David Archuleta Leaves One More Message For His Fans @ KSL Feature (28 Mar 2012)


  • Anonymous

    Be sure to note there is a slide show of additional pictures, that had been inadvertantly left off.  link right below the video in the Notes section.

    I’m in that one, ha! ha!  Heidijoy from Iowa

  • http://twitter.com/sgjudie judie miller

    Thanks MJ.. David will be missed. He has filled a void in many peoples lives with his music and generous personality. Each time I’ve met him , he was always polite and lovable. David always makes you feel special and worthy. His kindness and genuine heart of gold are a joy to behold. He lights up a room and fills it with joy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WP5CYP5LDPSIFMSXZ72OU3365I Alain

    This is one of my favorite songs from his new album released in the Philippines. Check it out, David is amazing as ever. The songs from the album is on Youtube, you could listen to them. But if you wanna show David some love, please buy his album Forevermore or download digital copies of it by following the instructions in his official website here:

    Here’s one of the songs that I love – “Hold On”


    Another one “Forevermore”: