10 Famous People Who Served Missions (and Where)

David Archuleta—Chile

5 Famous Mormons Who Served Missions

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Serving a full-time mission in Chile, David Archuleta thought he had, for the time, put his singing career behind him—but the Church had a different idea. “My mission president . . . called me,” David said in an interview with FM 100.3. “He said, ‘We have a special request from the Church. We don’t want to distract you from your work, but we think this is a good missionary opportunity.’”

The opportunity, as it turned out, was to record the song “Glorious” for the Church-produced documentary Meet the Mormons.

5 Famous Mormons Who Served Missions (& Where)

An accomplished and popular singer, David is used to taking requests—but singing “Glorious” proved to be a little more challenging than he expected. “When I recorded it the first time, I had a Spanish accent,” he said. “I couldn’t pronounce the words very well.”

Amidst all the hype after his time on American Idol, David admits that something was missing. “As I was in the wave after American Idol . . . the only focus was trying to make everybody else happy, and in the process, I lost myself,” he said. “I’m so grateful for the mission because I found myself again.”

David cites the decision to serve as one of the best he’s ever made. Despite considerable pressure from people within the music business to stay home, the choice was ultimately his. “It’s not because someone told me that I’m supposed to do it, and not because I no longer want to do music,” he said upon announcing his departure. “I’ve felt I need to do this with my life.”

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