44 comments on “A Letter to Elder Archuleta

  1. Dear, dear Trace πŸ™‚

    Grand ol’ gal that you are.
    Spilling your heart in a bittersweet piece of yearning prose.
    Full of pathos and hope for one so far and yet so near.
    Keep your faith dear, the object of your heart’s desire,
    Will be there to someday quench the fire for although,
    You may describe the one as elder but
    Believe me you are by far the wiser

  2. At the same time I can’t help but laugh at this vision of the Elder washing his smelly socks after a day of ‘missioning’ lol!

    I really like these 2 lines πŸ™‚ :
    “Please do not deem it a sham to take the reverse bus home
    Should you throw in the towel and no longer want to roam”

    Reminds me of a song by Simon and Garfunkel called ‘Homeward Bound’ :

  3. Dear, dear John

    “Bittersweet yearning”?
    “Pathos”?
    “Object of my heart’s desire”?
    You’ve got me Lolling all evening! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Trust your dear old brain to read between the lines! πŸ˜€
    I should hope I’m so much the wiser after having lived so many years more than he. And you too! πŸ˜€
    Oh dear, tears of laughter are running down my cheeks as I type…hehehehe….

    By the way, John, whether you believe it or not, I was actually thinking of you when I wrote those 2 lines…..hehehehe…more lolling…! πŸ˜€

  4. Thanks for Simon & Garfunkle.

    I’m thinking of this old song too –

    Except that Mr Elder is more than 500 miles away from home.
    Anyone wants to calculate the distance between Utah and Chile? πŸ™‚

  5. I remember some time ago, David tweeted about waking up at night to iron his shirt (not washing dirty socks haha) and he said something like, when you do your own ironing/laundry, you value the shirt more…..or something like that. πŸ˜€

    That piece of info actually broke my mama-heart in two. Simply because the Asian mamas spoil their kids so much and cannot imagine them doing their own laundry. I guess western society treat their kids differently. πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Trace,

    Are we suppose to spot the differences in those two lead pictures?
    BTW, that’s a nice picture of Elder Archuleta πŸ™‚

    Enjoyed reading your poetic letter to David. Smiled myself silly while I was reading it on my phone at the office!

    Since we’re on the topic of David’s mission I remembered vividly this incident a few years back. One Sat afternoon, we heard someone at the gate. Since my husband was in front I was not bothered (I think I could be on the internet haha). After a few minutes, my daughters ran to me and announced excitedly that the Mormons are coming to get me!!! Turned out two missionaries were at the door which my husband managed to politely say no to them (sorry, David)

    I thought David said he was washing his shirt in the middle of the night, Trace. Anyway, whether its ironing or washing his shirt, we know he has to be doing both these days. πŸ˜€

  7. Dear Trace
    That bus you’re referring to – as far as I can tell – is firmly on route. There’s no turning back maybe a detour but this would depend on the course charted by the driver. Is he going the right way or will he be constantly taking strange turns down alleyways and back lanes? Only time will tell.

    In the meantime:

  8. Shirley – the nearly Mormon lol!
    I think the second picture seems to gel with the tone of the apparently cryptic article that dear Trace wrote . If you notice the Elder’s face seems to be brighter as if bathed in a soft heavenly light πŸ™‚ . And the backdrop of cherubs and angels completes the composition.

  9. John!

    What’s this about a vid on cardio jumping and push-up exercises?
    You off your rocker? Or are you telling us to do our morning exercises?
    Lol! πŸ˜€

    I think David will board the detour and reverse buses before he is done and reach a ripe old age. πŸ˜€
    A roller-coaster ride or a slow train to somewhere?
    Being a fan of his has been compared to taking a ride with him.

  10. John

    LOVE THE BANNER!!
    I think this is the classiest banner you’ve ever done! πŸ™‚

  11. Shirley

    No dear, I don’t think this is a “Spot the Difference” game haha!
    Maybe it is a “Before and After” unintended analysis. πŸ˜€

    There does seem to be a difference between the 2 pics of David though. See how the heavenly light has descended upon his glowing face in the 2nd pic ? – and how the angels are showering blessings on him? πŸ˜€

    Love all your random stories.
    But reading this one made me think of poor David going around knocking doors and being rejected an invitation to talk his talk, by the likes of you!
    πŸ˜€

    I am wondering what I would do if Mormons come to my gate.
    I have a strong feeling I would invite them in now that I have a “personal interest” in this whole Mission affair.
    I think I would talk and listen to them, and sneak in a question like:
    And do you know Elder Archuleta?
    Yeah…I would do that. πŸ™‚

  12. John

    Oh dear, I refer to an earlier comment about your vid. When I clicked on it the 1st time, it was a vid on cardio exercises.
    Now that I clicked on the 2nd time, it is on the vid you intended to send. πŸ˜€

  13. I have a question. Out of curiousity. How does the mormon church manage to fund two-year missions for so many people in far-flung places across the globe? They seem a lot richer than even some governments who can’t even afford to provide for their own people let alone ship them off overseas. I suppose there are a lot of rich inffluential mormons in the states. Mr Romney’s mormon right?
    Missionaries spend two years trying to preach the word of God but I can’t imagine that many people would want to listen to them. As Auntie Shirley can attest to. πŸ™‚ I wonder how the church expects them to have any form of success and whether the programme is really beneficial enough to pour huge amounts of cash into.
    Aside from preaching, missionaries do community service too. Which makes the whole thing rather like the peace corps than anything religious. If so, why does David feel so obligated to go? (I suppose building houses for the poor can be a good work out. Help him maintain an awesome physique if you know what I mean πŸ˜‰ )

  14. liying

    I have not, and never will I think, been interested in reading up about mormonism so I don’t really know.
    I believe many of the christian groups do contribute a sort of tithe to their church.
    Utah is a huge state and I believe most of them are mormons. And I believe many of them are from the higher-income group.

    I think Shirley has read about mormonism (after David decided to go on the mission, I believe). She can perhaps help us on that?
    Hey Shirl, where are you?

    As for David, whether he feels “obligated” to go or just “wants” to go, I don’t think anyone else, other than he himself, can give a truthful answer.
    He did say something like: Nobody knows yourself better than you yourself.
    πŸ™‚

  15. Hey John

    I did tell you I love your banner.
    But do you realise David has tons and tons of new photos where he looks dang hot? πŸ˜€
    You seem to be stuck in the past and used mostly very old ones Lol! πŸ™‚
    Not complaining (would I dare? πŸ™‚ ) – just thought you might want to keep up with the times? hehehe…

    (Now should I post this? … thinking aloud….ok posted.
    Now to be prepared for John’s wrath πŸ˜€ )

  16. hey Trace

    Wah! thanks for a mighty long lighthearted version of “Missing David” poetic article!! I was like Shirley when I saw the two pictures of Elder Archuleta and has to stopped to look and spot any differences until I read John’s and Shirley’s comments above. So funnnny…. LOL.

    I have the same thought with liying about Christianity’s deep pockets plus other religion too. The other day, I heard a news where South Korean government is checking on all their Buddhist monks as they seems to be very rich and currently exempted from income tax. If they are found to be true, the government is thinking of taxing them in future. Well, I guess monks, pastors, imans or any other faith preachers are still human that has some greed element in them. It’s a materialistic world! πŸ™‚

  17. Wow… nice banner with the latest pictures. Trace – JOhn has heard you loud and clear!! LOL…

  18. Very very nice job with the new banner, John!
    Maybe you can change the pictures every week just to humour Trace LOL

  19. Hi Trace,

    Remember this pic? I hope the link works.

    Of cos I’ll let David in if he comes knocking. Would probably invite him to dinner every night for the next two years too πŸ™‚

    My brother had a close encounter with two missionaries several months back at KL Sentral when he was about to board the train to the airport. The missionaries were finding a chance to chat him up so eventually they started a conversation and the initial query from my bro was where were they from. One of them told him he was from Utah! Without missing a beat, my brother’s next question is ‘Do you know David Archuleta?’ HAHA He immediately texted me that he met some Elder from Utah who is aware of David.

  20. Hey Liying,

    From the little that I’ve read, would be missionaries are suppose to save up for their mission. Those who wanted to go on a mission but are not able to fund themselves would receive help from the church. I have no idea about the church’s expectation on the success rate of their missionaries and I wonder about that too. We used to see quite a lot of missionaries around our city going around in pairs on their bicycle. I’ve heard my daughter telling me that one of her classmates has a sister whose whole family have recently converted to Mormonism and I expect she (my daughter’s classmate) will eventually follow suit. They were non Christians in the first place. So some level of success is definitely attainable.

    LOL at your comment about building houses to attain his awesome physique. I thought he’s already looking quite muscular in the recent vblog! Lets hope he doesnt come back looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger πŸ˜€

    If Romney wins the election, wonder if the church will let David out to sing at his inauguration? πŸ™‚

  21. Hey all thanks for the props for the banner. I love making ’em and I’m on a banner making binge at the moment lol! Expect more in the near future. I call these my ‘BEGIN’ series πŸ™‚

    Tsk,tsk Trace would any artist use an image just cos it’s ‘hot’? We only think about the relevance of the image and how it would fit and enhance the overall statement we want to make not pander to some misguided notion of physical beauty *sniff*
    But I have given in to your manic request for ‘hot’ photos of the Elder :-). As you can see the new banner now has pics of the Elder during his commercial shoot for Bench in the Philippines.

    God I have sold my soul for crass commercialism lol!!

  22. As for the issue of how the Mormon church funds their missionaries abroad I think I read somewhere or someone told me that Mormons like David donate a significant part of their income to the church like a tithe of sorts. I’m sure a lot of Mormons are pretty wealthy like Mitt Romney and it wouldn’t be unthinkable for these individuals to help fund the Mormon church.

    It’s the same with the Roman Catholic church. It’s seat of government i.e. the Vatican City is reputed to be among the wealthiest places on Earth. They are involved in financial activities, publishing, issuing of collectible stamps, tourism and of course receive donations from Roman Catholics the world over known as Peter’s Pence.

    In fact many institutions of religion are very well off because their devotees keep their treasuries well funded.

  23. Woweee, we’ve got hot, hot pics for the Begin banner!
    John, I knew you would pick up on my use of the word Hot hehe..!
    You gotta admit the banner looks even better and Hotter now hehehe…! πŸ˜€
    Thanks so much – love you to bits – and that’s from all of us! πŸ™‚

    More banners for Begin? Bring them on! πŸ˜€

  24. Akang

    Monks, priests etc are not what they used to be, or should I say, they are not what we think they are.
    I’ve read books and heard stories about the horrendous activities in which they involve themselves, not just at present, but right through the ages, both in the West and the East.

    It’s not advisable to relate some of the stories here (not infront of the kids?)
    But may I ask you guys if you have read, or seen the film, or heard of a true story called The Nun of Monza?

  25. Shirley

    How can I forget that pic of David? Hot.hot.hot Elder! πŸ˜€
    (I can hear John sniffing again… πŸ˜€ )
    Thanks Shirl!

    An Arnold Schwarzenegger-looking David singing at the inauguration?
    Lol! I think he’d better stay in Chile until he gets rid of all those Arnie-muscles πŸ˜€
    But you are right, his chest looked dang “built-up” in the Thought vid.
    I wonder if he gets to go to the gym during his mission?

  26. Eunice

    Yes, I can see that you were “speechless” – you hardly said anything Lol!!
    πŸ˜€
    But thanks Eunice!

    Don’t ya think the banner with the HOT PICS was even better?
    (Stop sniffing John! πŸ˜€ )

  27. What John said about the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church is true.
    In fact, the church used to be extremely powerful in Europe during the Middle Ages.
    It used to be “right in the face” of the people, and sometimes its authority overrode that of the king.
    Religion and obedience to the church and the supreme power of the Pope was prominent in the daily lives of all the common people.
    Therefore a tithe (from the words – one-tenth of their income) was obligatory.

    In the East too, Taoism was enormously evident in the daily lives of the people. And monetary offerings to their temples are common.

  28. LOL!! The vid is funny Trace

    Elder Eschler sure reminds me of The Elder; bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eternally optimistic (sometimes misplaced), shaving non-existing morning stubble, eager beaver spreading the good word :-). And riding that bicycle, I can imagine The Elder going from village to village in Chile enlightening the good folk hehe!

    On the same note, does anyone remember our Malaysian Sam? He was the only male who got that special pass to meet & greet with David during the pre-launch ticket do at Berjaya Times Square? Well he told me that he became a Mormon solely because of The Elder cos he saw in The Elder a perfect role model for young people like him. So The Elder did perform a mission of sorts right there and then.
    I myself have seen these young Mormon men in and around KL many times. You can’t miss them – young, clean cut, Caucasian, white shirt with black tie.

  29. I have a question for all of you to consider. Come November when the elections for the President of the US takes place who do you think The Elder will support: Obama or Mitt Romney?

  30. Thanks Uncle John and Auntie Shirley for answering my question. πŸ™‚ I must admit I don’t really understand much about mormons, or Christianity in general. The church must be a very integral part of their lives.

    Nice banner Uncle John! πŸ˜€ Who cares about crass commercialism. Hot David pics set my teenage heart all a-flutter. <3<3 I wouldn't want him to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger though. But a nice six pack would be just fine. ;-D

    As for the election, I don't think The Elder is interested in poltics in any way. He giggles too much. But if he were I think he'd be a democrat rather than a republican.

  31. Lol John

    That Mormon missionary in the vid reminded me of David too. πŸ™‚

    I was thinking of the same thing about Sam this morning and was intending to write about him but you beat me to it haha!

    As we always say, David has had so much success in converting people – like into mormons, into better-behaved people, into positive-thinking people – that he didn’t really have to go on this mission.

    I myself have never had the “luck” to see mormon missionaries walking around town. If I do at some point…I think I might just stalk them. πŸ˜€

  32. I really don’t think David is politically-minded at all.
    Even if he were a candidate himself, he would be touting for his opponent. πŸ˜€
    Remember how he actually voted for his rivlals in Season 7?

    But, like Liying said, if he really does show support for someone at the Presidential elections, I think he would probably go for the Democrats.
    Did he not attend some function in conjunction with their last inauguration?
    I’m not sure of course, if that means he supports them.

  33. WOW! Another great job with the banner, John! Those Bench pictures are really awesome.

    BTW, there’s another BTS video from Bench which was posted today. Lots of hotness in there! Plenty of funny comments too πŸ˜€

    LOL Trace, your missionary video is funny. Reminded me of David too. Heck, every young men in white shirt, black pants and tie will somehow remind us of him 😦

  34. Double Wow to the banner!! Last night were pictures from TOSOD and today are Bench awesome pictures. Good job, John.

    I think The Elder would support his same clan, Mitt Romney. Many of my relatives in the States are still supporting Obama! πŸ™‚

    With that Bench video, LOL..I just couldn’t believe my eyes from Mr Model to
    Elder Missionary (pictures above)!! Thanks Shirley for the heads-up. πŸ™‚

  35. Shirley

    Re: the banner with new pics.
    Dontya think John has a wicked sense of humour?
    Out of 5 pictures, he has chosen 2 where David has a crooked smile.
    😦 πŸ˜€

    Yeah that BTS vid is worth watching. πŸ™‚

  36. Akang

    Hmm..that calls for self-examination.
    Does one support one’s clansman or does one choose the one who one thinks, has more similar affinities with one?

  37. Trace,

    I took another look at the banner and I must day I really like his crocked smile πŸ™‚ However I also noticed that John’s selections particularly emphasized David’s beautiful eyes! Truly his most distinctive feature.

    John,

    While on the topic of his eyes…out of the blue I clicked on your published blog and found your short article on The Eyes Have It back in 2008. You wrote “Those pools of emerald crystals just draws you in and holds you prisoner” – couldnt agree more πŸ˜€

  38. Shirley
    Lol! πŸ˜€ John wrote that?! Wheee….
    I’m glad he was just as taken in as we are! πŸ˜€

    John
    Go on, admit it! πŸ™‚

    Shirley
    Me too, I like David’s crooked smile – I see it as a “subtle flirtation”. πŸ˜€

  39. Wah! John’s description of David’s eyes was so intense!! Yeap, the letter “N” above does hold you prisoner!! LOL…

  40. Akang

    Intense admiration calls for beautiful, intense words and description! πŸ™‚

  41. Shirley I really wrote that gunk? Yuks! lol πŸ™‚

    I admit though that The Elder’s eyes, apart from his voice, is his most distinctive feature. They’re really striking hazel orbs πŸ™‚

    That’s why on the banner I focused on his eyes. Also the letters aren’t really big enough to contain his whole body.

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