David Archuleta, the American Idol pop star, served a full-time two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the country of Chile from 2012 – 2014. He recently bid farewell to the older of his sisters, Melissa Jasmine Archuleta (Jazzy), for the next year and a half as she goes to serve a mission in the Texas Houston East Mission where she will be teaching the gospel in Spanish. Before leaving on her mission, she posted a message to her followers on Instagram, “I know that this church is true with my entire heart, mind, and soul. I can’t wait to share the simple yet beautiful truths of The Lord’s gospel to the people of Texas. It’s changed me to be the person I am today.”
Family means everything to David, and on his Facebook timeline, on Tuesday, 28 October 2015, he posted a picture of his mother and Jazzy embracing one last time before she left on her mission. David also posted the following:
Man, it’s hard to say goodbye to someone you love so much! A lot of emotions felt being sad to have her gone, but so happy that she has this desire to serve The Lord. I look up to my little sister so much. She has a way with understanding people regardless of their history or differences, and making them feel comfortable. She has a way of helping people find why they matter and are important in their own individual way.
Like her big brother before her, there is no doubt that Jazzy will be an excellent missionary. David commented further in his Facebook post, “She gets the power of Christ’s power to change because she has lived it. I just love this gal. I will miss her but I know she will serve with her heart to the people deep in the heart of Texas and in our mother’s tongue of Spanish!”
Since returning home from his own mission, David has had a new perspective on life. Before his mission, he was busy making music and traveling around the world performing in concerts. Although he still has a love for music and a desire to perform for his fans, he has spent a great deal of his time focusing on serving others and sharing his faith in several different venues. From performing for the troops in Afghanistan as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment Tour to the Middle East, to speaking to 125 youth and young single adults at a fireside in Addis Ababa, to performing at RootsTech 2015, to performing at the recent Brigham Young University (BYU) Homecoming Spectacular earlier in October 2015, David has been making an indelible mark on each audience as he shares his faith and talent through song and spoken word.
During the fireside in Ethiopia, he sang four hymns: “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” and “Be Still, My Soul.” At the recent spectacular, David joined BYU Vocal Point on stage for a magnificent rendition of “Nearer My God to Thee” which is this week’s “Video Find of the Week.”