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David Archuleta Announces Mormon Mission Plans

Posted Tuesday December 20, 2011 1:15 PM GMT

Some may consider it career suicide, but David Archuleta is following his faith into a 2-year hiatus from his musical pursuits.

The “American Idol” alum will spend the next 24 months on the mission field as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Archie announced the decision last night during a concert in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, and the crowd went nuts.

"I would like to make a special announcement: that I've chosen to serve a full-time mission. It's not because somebody told me that I was supposed to do it, not because that I no longer want to do music anymore, but it's because it's the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life."

"It's just the same feeling that I've always followed, tried to follow in my life. It's the feeling that has allowed me to have the opportunities that I've had, the challenges that I've overcome and the blessings, too. And I've learned to trust that feeling, and I've learned that I need to answer when it calls. And that is the reason why I know I need to do this in my life."

Enjoy the pictures of David Archuleta at a recent book signing in LA (December 17).

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