David holding the birthday book of greetings from Archies all over the world, made by Shelley.
“A big THANK YOU from David for all the Holiday/Birthday greetings & gifts he received in the packages I sent. (KS)”
* The picture above was posted by Kari on David’s Twitter on 1st Jan, 2013.
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Warning! Following are updates and more pix of Elder Archuleta!
David with some Sisters while he was at the MTC, shared by Shelby E. Bohmer:
David had 4 little shows for Christmas called Christmas Musical Devotionals in Dec, 2012. From one of David’s Christmas Musical Devotionals in Santiago, Chile, 8 Dec. 2012:
Below is a picture from the outdoor show in Santiago, Chile, on 8 Dec. 2012:
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David’s last devotional of this year was on 15 Dec. 2012, at Centro de Reuniones Villa Magisterio, Gran Avenida (paradero 37 1/2 de Gran Avenida), El Bosque, Región Metropolitana (Via Chile Rancagua Mission)
His performance: 5 songs
‘Los pastores a Belén’ , ‘El tamborilero’ (Drummer Boy), ‘Maria Sabias Que’ (Mary Did You Know), ‘The Prayer’ (in Italian), ‘Oh Holy Night’ (in Spanish)
The poster credits @awwwrchuleta.
Also, @awwwrchuleta shares her memorable story of the Christmas Music Devotional:
David left the room first :/ so I couldn’t reach his hand but before the devotional (while the choir was rehearsing), he entered the room and told me ‘Hello!’ with a big smile. He sang ‘Oh Holy Night’ in Spanish instead of ‘Noche de Luz’ & the part of ‘Ohhh niiiight diviiiinee’ (in Spanish, ofc) kjdfnjkd I was dying. I saw him smiling many many times, talking with other elders very happily… they all seem to get along very very well :D he’s fine, guys!!<33 He’s precious in every way possible!!
Talking about Christmas Music Devotional, Elder Pulsipher says:
We had an awesome opportunity to serve Saturday night during the Christmas Music Devotional.¨There was a lot of work that was put in to making this activity a success! Elder Garcés and I worked a stand with a bunch of posters, pictures, and books that we gave to everyone who attended. We were so excited that 728 people came to watch the missionaries perform. Elder Coello, Elder Archuleta, and all of the other missionaries were all amazing! I know that everyone who attended felt the Spirit!
Then, this evening, we went to the temple Christmas devotional (it was so hot outside!) and listened to Elder David Archuleta sing for two hours. Can’t say it was bad, cuz it wasn´t. It was actually incredibly good. There were many amazing singers. The Christmas Spirit of Christ was definitely felt.
Then we heard this rumor going around that since Elder David Archuleta is serving in Rancagua, Chile right now, he was going to sing in one of the concerts. And sure enough.. On saturday he got up and sang! It was awesome!! He has one amazing voice! And it was great to hear a song in English haha. He sang a duet with this other girl and that was great. They sang a Portugese/English song.. Then Elder Archuleta sang two or three more songs in Spanish. Did you guys know his family is from Puerto Rico and he knew Spanish before mission? I didnt know that haha. But its true.
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According to Chile Rancagua Mission site, Elder Archuleta and Elder Peña did a baptism of a golden family that achieved Sector Score Record. I feel so proud of him!
Elder Archuleta and Elder Peña shared their story of the baptism of a golden family and said how they made the record:
Via chilerancagua mission’s website:
(English translation by Bing)
Sector Score Record and baptism of a golden family!!!!
After two changes of devoted work, e. Archuleta and e. Pena, could have 3 baptisms in a sector that had a baptism in the 9 months since it opened. In the sector more ¨cuico¨ throughout the mission, known by having ¨gente too heavy, ¨ where is ¨imposible contact and find new, ¨ they have been achieving and surpassing the standards of excellence by two consecutive changes constantly. During the week of December 16-23, they managed to…
-8 Researchers in RS
Surpassing nearly all standards of excellence. Its sector score was an incredible 1064! A new record for the mission. This is how they did it…
Well, we did something extraordinary or out of this world. We only try to obey 100% and dedicate ourselves more to receive the blessings that God has for us to obey.
At the beginning of this change, we decided that we were going to comply with what the mission asked us, or meet 3 standards of excellence as a minimum. We worked, studied, obeyed, and had mood in our Fellowship and the sector. We started to ask for references to the members and did many nights of home with references that we had been given, so the members could see their progress and encouraged to work more with us.
- We focus on obedience and did fasts. We pray asking for specific miracles in the day and the week.
- We work to create experiences spiritual with our researchers, and when the spirit was there, we asked them “What do think?” “Do as you feel?”, and explained that what they felt was the spirit testifying to the veracity of our message.
-We focus on twinning. We carry many members to the lessons and did home nights coves with powerful families in the Gospel which shared their testimonies about the truthfulness of the Gospel and that penetrated the hearts of our researchers. Us and the members are invited to the activities of the Church.
- We did a baptismal team
- We work with references
-Keep on working even when we didn’t have much success, to show our faith until the end of the day. Even if we achieve the goals of the day, we continue to find more Gomez siblings in the time that we had. If there is a time that is left, we were working at that hour.
- We focus on assisting the Church, by calling them in the morning or the night before. We also gave the assignment of which 2 or 3 members called to invite them that same Sunday Church.
At the end of all this we could find, teach, and baptize a wonderful family who is a true convert of the Gospel, and we are preparing them to go to the temple.
We hope this helps them a little more to succeed in their sectors. Everything is based on obedience to the commandments, the rules of the mission, and preach my gospel.
The missionaries of Machali
Elder Archuleta and Elder Peña
Many thanks e. Peña and e. Archuleta for all your work and for your example as Trendsetters for the mission. We look forward to hearing many more experiences like this throughout the mission!