American Idol finalist David Archuleta is leaving his singing career to serve a two-year Mormon mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
According to reports, Archuleta made a life-changing announcement while performing in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 20-year-old pop singer told his audience that he will stop recording or performing music for two years.
“It’s not because someone told me that I’m supposed to do it, and not because I no longer want to do music, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life,” Archuleta told the crowd.
Archuleta’s audience applauded, he continued in teary-eye, “It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life. It’s the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges I’ve had to overcome, and the blessings, too. I’ve learned that to trust that feeling. I’m aware that I need to answer when He calls, and that’s the reason that I know I need to do this in my life.”
Archuleta placed second in 2008 Season 7 American Idol. He sang John Lennon‘s “Imagine”, Ryan Gillmor‘s “In This Moment“, and Elton John‘s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me“.
David Archuleta released a self-titled album which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
David Archuleta going on a Mormon Mission