It seems almost certain that David Archuleta will be crowned the next "American Idol" tonight, after his 'knockout' performance on Tuesday night.
David Archuleta is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He lives about seven miles from me, in Murray Utah, near Salt Lake City. When he was in town two weeks ago, he was asked if he intended to serve a mission for the Church. (many LDS teens serve a two year mission when they reach 18 years old). David answered innocently and truthfully, "I feel like I already am."
David will be a great ambassador for the Church wherever he goes in his music career, just as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been a worldwide ambassador for years.
David Archuleta reminds me a lot of Elvis Presley. He can take a ballad and put his whole heart and soul and being into it. When he performed "Love Me Tender", a few weeks ago, it was like watching a young Elvis Presley. Will David Archuleta become the "Mormon Elvis"?
Not too many know that near the end of his life, Elvis Presley was looking into the LDS Church. He wanted to be baptized and he had a Book of Mormon at his bedside when he died. Here is a very interesting article from "The Deseret Morning News" about this story. There is actually a film being made about it, titled "Tears of a King".
"Elvis Almost LDS"
David sings "Love Me Tender"
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