David Archuleta Leaving Music to Become a Mormon Missionary

The season 7 American Idol runner-up has announced that he'll be taking a two-year break from music to serve his church

David Archuleta is following his heart, and it's leading him away from his fans and his music.

During a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday night, the season 7 American Idol runner-up announced that he is going to take a break from the music industry to serve his church as a Mormon missionary. The 20-year-old pop singer said that he will take two years off from the music industry to devote his time to the new endeavor.

"It's not because someone told me that I was supposed to do it, not because I no longer want to do music anymore, but it's because it's the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life," Archuleta said as concertgoers burst into applause, according to Rolling Stone.

"It's the same feeling that I've always tried to follow in my life," a teary Archuleta continued. "It's the feeling that's allowed me to have the opportunities I've had, the challenges I've had to overcome, and the blessings, too. I've learned that to trust that feeling. I'm aware that I need to answer when He calls, and that's the reason that I know I need to do this in my life."

Archuleta released his third studio album, The Other Side of Down, in 2010. He turns 21 on Dec. 28. Good luck with missionary work, Archie!

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