Singer David Archuleta made a startling announcement during his Christmas concert in Salt Lake City earlier this week. The 20-year-old American Idol runner-up will be taking a two-year hiatus from music to serve as a full-time Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “It’s not because someone told me that I was supposed to do it, not because I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because, it’s the feeling that I’ve felt I need to do next in my life,” the singer told his fans. He says it’s the same feeling that has allowed him to make it this far and that he’s learned to trust it. “I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls. And that’s the reason why I know that I need to do this in my life.” His heartfelt announcement was met with cheers and a standing ovation from the crowd, moving the young star to tears.
Archuleta has been singing professionally since he was child but it wasn’t until his run on season seven of American Idol that he found stardom. Although he didn’t win the competition, his debut album Crash hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and he went on to release two more successful albums.