David at the (U.S.) airport with other Elders and Sister missionaries on the way to Chile, March, 2012.
Kari replays David’s message to us:
Some of you have asked and have been worried about hearing of the earthquakes where D is. No worries he says “I still haven’t felt an earthquake during my time down here, so things are all right.” (KS)
An Archie asks Kari how David is doing, and send her/our love to him.
@kariontour hey kari! How's David nowadays? We really miss him. Please send our love to him. :) we'd really appreciate that. :) thanks!—
Myrtle Virata (@dApVirata) October 05, 2012
And Kari replies with what we all want to know:
@dApVirata he is doing well. I hear from him weekly and every week I keep him updated on things you all are tweeting about and let him know he is missed and loved.
Many thanks to Kari for letting us know that David is in a good place, and that he’s doing well!
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Warning! Following are other news of Missionary David.
The combo pop and hymn concert concert only for 18 – 30 years old. Held at 7pm (Chile time) on 13th October 2012. The performers were Elder Archuleta on vocals and Elder Coello on piano.
* Elder Coello (Italo Coello) is a concert pianist.
Gladys’s recap of the concert shared on The Voice.
Also, Gladys’s full story of her Second Trip to Chile HERE.
Gladys’ two-sentence recap:
I’M GOING TO SHARE IN GENERAL THINGS TO SWEETEN THINGS A BIT. HE SANG IMAGINE, DANCED SALSA, A SONG BY CELIA CRUZ, AND DANCED LIKE TO AL JOLSON
Size of crowd:
Ten chairs at each side, 20 rows and more peeps in the back (400+ attended)
How he looked, what he wore:
…DAVID IS STILL BEAUTIFUL AS EVER
He wore a a suit, and turquoise tie.
When I saw David dancing and singing, I swear I thought of telling everyone that he has grown, his confidence is huge, he is not timid at all.
David laughed a lot, and all the time he said that he was hot.
He no longer looks thin. He looks good, and has a muscular body now.
Language he spoke and sang:
David almost never spoke English, he spoke in Spanish. He gave a speech in perfect Spanish (he spoke really well, except for some words).
He gave a talk about his decision. He said the decision to go on his mission came from his heart, just like music. He said it was a difficult decision, but something he had to do.
When he finished singing, he said that in his country, the audience ask for more (song), but did not know how to speak it in Spanish.
David’s performances: he sang 19 songs!
He sang many hyms at the beginning. We were scolded because we clapped and screamed, but then it couldn’t be helped.
As a tribute to the Elders, he sang “Dixie” by Al Jolson which is an old song, kneeled down. David was on fire when he danced Salsa. He wore a white hat when performing “Dixie”, and at the end of the song, he threw the hat to the audience.
Pop songs: Imagine, A Thousand Miles, Hero (by Enrique Iglesias, Mariah’s version), Heaven, I’m Strong, What A Wonderful World, Eye of the Tiger (all in English). He also sang a beautiful Argentinian song, “Thanks to Life”.
In Spanish, he sang “Dream A Morning”, “One Minute More” (he asked his aunt, Reina Mayorga Deliz to translate the song for him), and all the hyms.
He came out boxing like a boxer when he sang “Eye of the Tiger”. Then he kicked the air like a kick boxer. This is so funny. Everyone was drooling!
He asked us to stand up and dance with him when he sang “Life is a Carnival” by Celia Cruz, the Queen of salsa. OMG! He DANCED SALSA, seriously. He said he liked that the audience danced with him, not like that many North Americans stay seated.
David’s voice has improved, now can hold any note longer, very relaxed.
David laughed a lot with the piano player, Elder Coello.
“What A Wonderful World”:
“Life is a Carnival” by Celia Cruz:
“Eye of the Tiger”:
They (securities?) took him out so fast. He kept smiling, wanted to greet us, but they did not let him do it.
The Sisters and the missionaries know he is a famous recording star. All the young girls that filled the place did, too.
Everyone chanted “One more! One more!”
No pictures or video allowed
The excitement doesn’t end here! There will be another public event in Chile at Christmas time that Gladys plans to attend.