David Archuleta quitting music to go on two-year Mormon mission

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One American Idol alum won't be joining the annual tour for awhile. David Archuleta, the 2007 runner-up, announced Monday during a concert in Salt Lake City he will be serving a two-year mission as part of his Mormon faith, according to his website.

"It's not because somebody 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 felt that I need to do next in my life," the 20-year-old said to a cheering crowd during the My Kind of Christmas Tour, bursting into tears (watch the video above). "It's the feeling that has allowed me to have the opportunities I've had, the challenges I've had to 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."

The mission, which is a traditional rite of passage for young male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is slated to begin early next year. He won't know which country he'll be headed to until he's been assigned, so we'll keep you up-to-date on which language he'll have to learn.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 4:33pm]

    

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