Mormon Mission

Some people have wondered whether David Archuleta will serve a Mormon mission when he turns 19 years old. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is strongly encouraged for young men to served a full-time mission for approximately two years.

What would he do on a mission?

Elder-Archuleta mormonDuring the two years on a mission, the missionary is dedicated 100% to serving others and teaching people about Jesus Christ. A normal schedule for missionaries would be something like the following:

6:30 a.m. — Arise, pray, exercise and prepare for the day

7:30 a.m. — Breakfast

8:00 a.m. — Personal study: the Book of Mormon, Bible, other scriptures, doctrines of the missionary lessons, other study manuals

9:00 a.m. — Companion study: share what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study manuals and confirm plans for the day

10:00 a.m. — Being proselyting.  Missionaries learning a language study that language for an additional 30-60 minutes. Missionaries may take an hour for lunch and additional study, and an hour for dinner at times during the day that fit best with their proselyting.  Normally dinner should be finished no later than 6:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m. — Return to living quarters and plan the next day’s activities.  Write in jounral, prepare for bed, pray.

10:30 p.m. — Retire to bed.

It can be a rigorous schedule, but it helps missionaries get a lot done each day!

Where would he be as a missionary?

When a young man or woman is interested in serving a mission, he/she fills out a simple application which notes any language abilities, medical issues, and other relevant information. After sending in this application, he would receive a “mission call.” This is a letter from the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which calls him to one of the 300+ missions throughout the world.

Ultimately, it will be David Archuleta’s choice whether to serve a Mormon mission or not.  When asked recently about it, he responded that he felt like he was already on a mission, but would love to do it if it works out. If he does serve a mission, I imagine he will be invited in to lots of people’s homes when he knocks doors!

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