Elder David Archuleta and a friend of Charles Acevedo
Laymans in Santiago Chile – The LDS Chile church has traditionally done a Christmas pageant and Devotional next to the temple on the big soccer court next to where we live. They did 6 shows over 2 weekends. Over 1,000 people attended each one with probably 1,500 for the second Saturday night that featured Elder David Archuleta of the Chile Rancagua mission. He of American Idol fame. Millie said his rendition of O Holy Night in Spanish was the most powerful one she had heard.
Group photo of Elders and Sisters before the Devotional
Elder Archuleta and the choir
Thanks to @pabuckie for the find!
Here is a cute story about someone meeting David at the Devotional Saturday, posted under mjsblog commments:
“I was at the Christmas Devotional today, my best friends are in the chorus so i went early at the temple square, We were in the church singing and playing piano, then Seba said “oh Nina you’re a fan of Archuleta, you know all his songs” and I was like “hey … I only know one of his songs on piano”, so I started play the song on piano and guess what … yes, elder Archuleta came, laughed and said “hey … that’s my song.” We were amazed and I obviously got very shy, He talked to us for a while and then we could be in his essay before of the devotional. He’s very friendly and funny. I had seen him in another musical devotional, but this was amazing, I could not be more embarrassed, he hummed a little bit of the song and then told me to keep playing, and He also said that I played the piano well, the truth is that I can not touch in front of people, and with him there I was more nervous even.”
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Story #2 (Gladys’ story):
When Elder Archuleta arrived, Mrs. McKinley spoke with him for some time before he began to sing. He turned and saw me and he smiled. I smiled back.
He sang the same songs as the last Christmas devotional but this time I saw him up close. It was like a recital when you repeat the performance but he was more confident this time, especially in the Spanish and Italian songs.
When he sang the first song, “Los Pastores A Belen”, I was the only one singing along. We sang together for a few seconds! I was able to hear the Italian song perfectly. It was powerful because everyone was in complete silence. When he finished Los Pastores the audience applauded and he put his finger to his lips and made the “shhhh” sign with a smile. During the rest of the songs the audience would start to applaud and he would repeat the gesture, finger to his lips.