David Archuleta~ Tuesday, More From TOFW Down Under, Onward to Auckland, A “True Colors” MGR by Pocoelsy, A Lovely TOFW Blog by Lisa J King, Fan Finds, WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Shanny’s Terrific TOFW Recap

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Australia TOFW cedit LisajKing

Australia TOFW credit LisajKing

Australia TOFW signing

Australia TOFW signing

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Wednesday Update August 12, 2015

~Shanny’s Terrific Day at “Time Out For Women”  Australia! … Especially for the fans~ :)

- credit Shanny

– credit Shanny

ed note: I approached Shanny the other night with an invitation to possibly collect all of her thoughts together in one “writing” about her TOFW experience and seeing David “live” for her very first time. I told her if she agreed that it could be own her own time table (no deadline pressure) as her home life is very busy and she needs to catch up on sleep!  She told me she’d be happy to oblige!  I was both surprised and delighted this morning to hear from her and to find her story recap in our box!

Shanny, you are amazing and we are all so incredibly grateful to you for bringing us along on this very special journey! Your videos, pictures, tweets, and now your beautifully written recap have brought us right “down under” with you to share in your experience! I’m so looking forward to meeting you one day!! Much love and thanks from all of us! ~joanie ~   p.s.~ your grandmother rocks!

**I’ll begin her story here, then continue below at the bottom of the post**

In years past, upon arrival at TOFW, my first mission has always been to get to the sales tables before the merchandise runs out but this time I had no concern with such trivial matters, I had one mission and that mission was to get as close to the front of the stage as possible. With this in mind, I dropped my grandmother off at the door with instructions to hold a place for us in line while I went and found a carpark. 

When I joined her, the auditorium doors hadn’t opened yet but I was disappointed by how far back we were in the line and I found out that we would be entering from up the back at the top of the bleachers – meaning the furtherest point from those blessed front seats. I had seen some people entering the building from a lower floor so I decided to leave my nana in line there while I went and investigated down below. People were already entering the hall there and there wasn’t a queue at all. I didn’t have my ticket on me – my nana had it with my bags – but it was pretty informal so I just quickly slipped through and headed right over to the front middle section. There was lots of reserved seating right there in the prime position but just as I came up, some ladies in the second row stood up and decided to sit up in the bleachers area, enabling me to jump into their spot.  My poor grandmother soon found me, huffing and puffing carrying both our bags.

Shanny story auditorium shot

While we waited I got all my recording devices ready and at hand. One was for photos and tweeting, one was for video recording and one was for back up. I sent a tweet of the stage and messaged my family members that knew we were here and they were sending me excited texts in response, wishing me a ton of fun and so forth. Reflecting back, I had anticipated being ultra nervous but I was just too busy to have time to feel nervous. *** CONTINUE BELOW IN THE POST***

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Shanny’s TOFW Videos in a Playlist

Definitely worth a reposting are Shanny’s videos of David performing and speaking at Time Out For Women in Sydney, Australia August 2015. I’ve put them in a neat little playlist for you to continue to enjoy as David makes his way to New Zealand later this week. As I told Shanny, her videos are like sweet manna for the fans. Thank you, again, Shanny! :) * * * * * *

DA Candy “Down Under” From Abrra!

Abrra's Candy JAr Abrra at The Voice has all of the Sydney TOFW MP4s and MP3s from Shanny’s videos ready for you in her special candy jar! Click above to save these special treats! Thank you, again, Abrra and Shanny! * * * * * *

Onward to Auckland

Australia TOFW Aukland The next performance for TOFW will be on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. Do we have any fans who will be in attendance? Be sure to let us know! :D

But While in Australia

australia fun map It sounds as though David’s next couple of days still in Australia, though, will include firesides so we may not be hearing much, although a pic or two may be shared… Tweet Ivy Ting Fireside in Australia message

Tweet Ivy Ting Fireside in Australia

Tweet Ivy Ting Fireside in Australia

And one of the firesides he’s expected to attend will be in Melbourne! I hope he’ll have a little time to sightsee there! CLICK TO LEARN MORE about Melbourne! Still hoping to see David in a picture with one of these darling fellas, too!! Koala * * * * * *

Lisa King’s Blog: TOFW

The Kings blog Yesterday, I took some time to read Lisa J King’s blog about her experience as a presenter and time spent with David Archuleta for TOFW in Sydney. She’s an absolutely lovely woman who’s been through great loss and heartache over the past few years losing both a 10 year old son and her husband within months of each other. Her attitude is beautiful and her spirit, humble and bright. Lisa has great admiration for David, too, as she shares some endearing moments and observations from the day. Click the pic above to read her blog in its entirely, and be sure to watch her (background) video and the video of David’s message to her sons.  Here are just a few highlights BUT BE SURE TO CLICK ABOVE TO READ THE ENTIRE BLOG!: King Blog David and Brad Wilcox Lisa King with DAvid from her blogKing blog 2King Blog 3King blog 4 * * * * * *

True Colors MGR vid by Pocoelsy (Live Track credit Shanny)

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Upcoming David Archuleta Shows!

Tickets  available and on sale now to see David in Idaho Falls, Midland, Texas, and Arizona (2016) Click the links below!

Idaho Falls September 17th and 18th

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Midland, Texas November 12th

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Queens Creek Arizona March 26, 2016

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Fan Finds

An Awesomesauce Australia (and Mexico) Collage by Shanelle

Australia collage credit Shanelle

A Mexico “Muy Bueno” Screencap by Patty-Ann!

Mexico screencap credit Patty Ann

Screencap by Patty-Ann

Australia ~ collage credit Shanelle

Australia ~ collage credit Shanelle

TOFW  pic Credit @NikiRebekah IG

TOFW pic Credit @NikiRebekah IG

EFY 2015 tyler Castleton and David in studio

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SHANNY’S TERRIFIC DAY *CONTINUED*

Shanny story auditorium sang Glorious first

Soon the countdown on the screen begun, an introductory video began to play on the screen – and as in previous years, I was expecting the Emcee to come out first and welcome everyone and then introduce the presenters. But not this year! As the short video concluded, it was announced over the speaker ‘Introducing David Archuleta!’, people began to clap and cheer and suddenly there was the man himself, walking on stage with a microphone stand in his hands! He instantly began to sing Glorious and I just had the feeling like this was all the most natural thing in the world. Like I had seen him and heard him do this very thing a million times before. Lol.

I was trying to position the camera somewhat discreetly but there was no such thing unless we were going to just see his head and shoulders. After Glorious concluded, he invited the other presenters up on stage and then shared a little of how he was asked to record that song while he was still on his mission in Chile. Then he handed the microphone to the other presenters and stepped back in line with the others.

After introductions were over, everyone left the stage and it was announced that David would be doing an autograph session during the first break.  I had considered bringing some David paraphernalia with me for him to sign but had opted against it since we had only brought carry-on luggage on the airplane.  Due to trying to get a seat, I also hadn’t purchased any merchandise yet. I wasn’t worried though, I quickly formulated a plan to execute during the break.

One of the presenters spoke first. After her spot David came back out and spoke about what true beauty means to him and followed that up with singing Beautiful. I was so excited about that song choice and so glad, knowing that the audience would love it. And of course….he killed it, adding all his signature licks and runs….showing this audience of whom most probably weren’t all that aware – exactly what kind of a treat they were in for!  He got a great response with people whooping it up and cheering and clapping. At the conclusion he walked off stage and a clip from his missionary DVD ‘Called to Serve’ was played on the screen. I was so glad about that because it gave the audience an opportunity to get to know more about what a special person David is and that he is more than just a stellar voice. I knew that in doing so, they would come to love him all the more.

David then came back out on stage and spent some time speaking about his experiences with American Idol and his decision to go on a mission and the things that have helped to bring happiness into his life. I love how he speaks so carefully, with so much intention, not rushing onto the next point until he has expressed the first thought clearly.

Next up, was Bridge over Troubled Water and he slayed it, and the audience. This was where some stood up to give him a standing ovation. Personally, I was overcome with exhilaration and adrenaline and excitement that squashed any remaining nerves about meeting him.

As soon as that was over, it was time to execute my plan. I had drunk too much water and had to take a small detour lol, so I sent my dear grandmother yet again, to the merchandise tables with instructions to buy a copy of whatever they were selling of David’s. I met up with her while she was waiting in line to pay – she had the Begin CD and the Called To Serve DVD. I left her in line, went over to where David was sitting at the autograph table, snapped a pic of him to tweet and then went to the back of the line. His line was easily the longest of anyone who was doing autographs. In fact they’ve never done autographs before and I believe that idea came about simply to control the anticipated rush for David. Click below to continue~

Part of my plan was to try and get close to the back of the line because I knew that David was very likely to stay to sign them all and I wanted to try and have a chance to speak with him at least a little bit. If I was up the front there would have been more pressure to push through more quickly.  As soon as I was in line – about 5 people from the back – it was announced that the line would close when the intermission period was up but that David would sign for anyone who was in line at that point.

Shanny story David signing

The line moved quickly ….and suddenly – after all these years!!! – I finally had my chance to speak to Mr David Archuleta in the living flesh!  Of course I was struck by the flawlessness of his skin (“dang-that skin” anybody? Lol)  He was very gracious and I think when he realized I was a genuine fan, he asked me what my name was and added that to his autograph. Along with his signature he also wrote ‘God Bless’ on one of them and ‘CTR’ (Choose The Right) and “John 17:3″ on the other one.

John 17-3

It was then that I asked if I could get a picture for the fans and he instantly snapped his head up to pose for the picture. A lady beside the table asked if she could take the pic, so I handed her the camera. Afterwards, my nana stuck her hand out to shake his hand, which he did then he offered his hand to me to shake.  I realized as I walked away that I had accidentally walked away with the gift bag I had given him and so I took it around to Gina and gave it to her.

Afterwards, we hung around a little bit in the back ground. I was a little bit torn, I didn’t want to make David feel uncomfortable, like a stalker fan but over the last year I’ve being trying to push my comfort levels and not let timidness or shyness or an over consciousness of ‘good manners’ stop me from experiencing new opportunities, like I feel I have done too much in my past. If some opportunity came up with David, I didn’t want to miss out on it because I had let fear of something get to me. So I used the time to text the picture of David to my family members – they all responded excitedly – and also tweet the picture.  He ended up talking to a few people at the table for a while but we were too far away at that point to join in discreetly and so we decided to wander back to our seats where the presenters were doing their things. As we did so, I met an old friend just standing there, so whilst my nana took a bathroom break, I caught up with my friend and she freely gushed about how big of a David fan she was and we talked about her daughter who is on a Spanish speaking mission in Texas. As we were talking David came walking past with a handler beside him and progressed out the back.

During the lunch break the presenters stayed and spoke to people down on the floor, I didn’t expect David to come out though because he had told me he wasn’t planning on coming out later. We used the time to recharge the phones and iPods.

After lunch, David was up second. He came straight out and begun singing Angel – probably my favorite from the album, so I was excited to hear him sing that. The problem by now though, was that I was too pumped up with adrenaline and excitement to truly settle in and enjoy the emotion and message of that song. I’m glad we have the vids of it though because looking back on it, it is so beautiful and emotive and I’m so grateful he chose that song to sing.

David then spoke about lessons he’s being learning along the way, lessons about happiness and forgiveness and leaning on God when we feel burdened.  He followed that up with his last song for the day, ‘True Colours’. He sung it with swagger and some of the little nuances which catch your breath away and make each rendition unique.

As David left the stage, although he didn’t have to do any such thing, Brad Wilcox guided David back to the centre of the stage and with some short but what appears to me, to be sincere words full of much more than what was spoken in that short moment, he thanked David for being the special person he is. David seems to have quite the effect on everyone doesn’t he.

The presentations continued on, another refreshment break came and went and then during the last presenter’s talk, David and Gina slipped out and came and sat with the presenters about 10 seats away from where I was. Sandra Turley sung as a part of the closing programme, Prayer of the Children, and while she too has an exquisite voice and is as sweet and beautiful as anything, the Archie in me, kept feeling ‘Hey! This is DAVID’S song!’ Lol.

The programme concluded, people began to get up and my nana was pulling at my arm, saying ‘Come on, go talk to him before he leaves!’. But I didn’t want to rush up there and he didn’t leave and within a minute he was surrounded by people wanting to speak to him, get his autograph and take pictures.  I couldn’t help but wonder if he had have come out in the breaks, maybe he could have prevented the semi-mobbing at the end as everyone rushed him at once. I enjoyed just hanging back, watching and filming a little of the David love. It was nearly my favorite part of the day. I never tire of watching David being showered with love.

As we all know, this sort of experience is not David’s favorite part of being so awesome and he would kind of take some steps towards the door, and then draw back again as no doubt his two conflicting desires – to run from the situation and to return the love by giving of his time and energy – fought within him. But he stayed right to the end giving of himself. It was during this time that my grandmother kept tugging on my arm and saying ‘Get in there and get a photo Shantelle’ but I felt no need and was just enjoying watching. Next minute, when there was a break in the crowd, SHE jumped in and asked for a picture lol, so David stood there while we positioned ourselves on either side. Unfortunately it didn’t come out so well as it was dark and slightly blurry but hey, I have pictures and videos and memories and that is more than enough.  It was then that I quickly asked him if I could post the video’s on YouTube. He looked down and paused, he seemed like he had to really struggle to direct his thoughts to what I asked – he was clearly overwhelmed by the mob situation – but after a second or two, he looked up again and said ‘Yes, that should be alright, that should be alright’.

Shanny story mob swamped autographs at the end 1

We stood to the side watching for a while longer and then went and sat down on some nearby chairs while I tweeted a picture of him signing something for a girl in a wheelchair (I don’t think you can see the wheelchair in the pic but he gave her special attention). Eventually everyone who specifically wanted to see David had had their opportunity and he walked back behind the curtain. My grandmother and I just sat there for a while soaking up the atmosphere of the event while a few stragglers hung around talking. That’s when the Emcee lady came up and talked to us for a while. She was lovely and friendly.  I knew some of the TOFW people were coming to speak at our Stake Centre in Brisbane a few days later and I asked about the possibility of David coming too but she explained to me that he had been assigned already to speak in Melbourne/Adelaide.

And thus ended our Archu-TOFW experience.

I’m going to be completely honest here – and this may be a comfort to those who have never seen David live – but so often people say David sounds better in person than he does in the video’s. Well, I would have to disagree, to me he sounded EXACTLY the same as he does on the videos. That’s no slur on David’s phenomenal talent or my enjoyment of the experience however.  There is still nothing like experiencing it all live or actually meeting him and feeling of his gentle spirit.

As David has being going about Australia doing these subsequent firesides and as he prepares to travel to Auckland to do the second TOFW, I guess I’m secretly grateful for a husband who keeps me grounded because if it wasn’t for him, I would probably be hoping planes to go re-live the experience live all over again! Such is the effect of this guy called David Archuleta who can take normal, reasonable people and make them do unreasonable things. Lol

Thanks to everyone for all the thanks I have received for what are really quite blurry, shaky videos with far too much of me in them! Live and learn there for sure! I think we can all agree, the thanks and praise belong to the man himself! That he is so willing to step out of his comfort zones, willing to be mobbed by people, to give public speeches, to share so much of himself despite being a private, simple person and to share so much love and goodness through his beautiful, beautiful voice! I feel nothing but gratitude.

….oh, ok, well maybe I also feel an intense desire to….DO IT ALL AGAIN!!!! :-)

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Now that’s an awesome recap!!! :) Thanks again, so much, Shanny!!!! So excited for you that come this fall, you WILL be doing it all again when David takes to the stage…and this time, it will be on “this side of the pond!” ;)

Have a great Wednesday evening and Thursday, everyone! Kalei will be back on Friday! Leaving you with one pic shared from David in Melbourne yesterday (courtesy of Benjamin Mitchell)

Crop photo~ original credit Benjamin Mitchell

Crop photo~ original credit Benjamin Mitchell

 

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175 Responses to David Archuleta~ Tuesday, More From TOFW Down Under, Onward to Auckland, A “True Colors” MGR by Pocoelsy, A Lovely TOFW Blog by Lisa J King, Fan Finds, WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Shanny’s Terrific TOFW Recap

  1. Marylee~NorthCarolinaGirl says:

    Hi everyone!
    David looks great in blue…well every color, really lol ~
    Thanks Joanie for another day brightening post!
    Hope y’all have a perfect day. ❤️

  2. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Nice lead in picture of David! Thank you to Lisa! Nice to see him signing Chords of Strength pictures for people still!

  3. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Just read Lisa King’s blog. Watched the video about her son and husband who passed away. Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
    I like what she said about David who jumps around back stage and on stage during warm up. Probably getting loose and getting the jitters out. Does he still get nervous I wonder?

  4. Mary Dee says:

    Hello, FOD folks :) Didn’t notice the little Archugrowl in True Colors at first, so I was thrilled to hear it when I was watching pocoelsy’s mgr vid :) BOTW is just so gorgeous!!!

  5. kimk says:

    Joanie omgosh I love that top pic.. this post is fabulous thank you!!! D

    waving hi guys.. saw that David Cook just put out a new single

    mjsbigblog ‏@mjsbigblog 4h4 hours ago
    #DavidCook Drops a lyric VIDEO for his new single “Criminals” @thedavidcook Watch it here http://bit.ly/1TlsZMJ

  6. kimk says:

    hmm it says you have to sign in to view the video I don’t think so oh well tried to promote some.

  7. Mary Dee says:

    Very happy to have discovered a magic button that changes stores on iTunes, didn’t know about it before :) If anyone wants David’s Forevermore album, you can get it from iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ph/album/forevermore/id808627690 just follow the instructions and you should be able to get it if you can see your country’s flag in the regions shown. It’s on sale, only $8.99 :)

  8. kimk says:

    wonder if David gets money for the Begin and Chords of Strength books I saw that he signed.

    • Ali says:

      He gets money from the sale of the album or book, if that was the question. I wasn’t sure if you were asking if he got money when people buy the items or money for signing them lol.

  9. kimk says:

    xx_chantellie_xx ‏@xxchantellie123 7m7 minutes ago
    @DavidArchie was amazing last night his talk and singing made me cry because if how hard the spirit hit me

  10. kimk says:

    ha in her bio it say Shawn Mendes is her beefcake.. oops inspiration.. :D

  11. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Just got home from 4 days in Cape May, NJ….lovely beach town…..Just now getting to watch all these lovely videos gifted to us by Shanny….SHANNY THANK YOU SO MUCH for bringing David to all of us from down under!!!!! Love the comment from Rapport from yesterday….and I agee 100000% that David is the Rembrandt of music…..he can make every song different with tone, inflections, well placed archugrowl, high glory notes, ect…..Loved BOTW…..so much better that when he sang it on the album….and yes….I agree….he sings it way better that Simon and Garfunkel…..off to go listen to David videos again and again…..Miss Vicki

  12. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    I see a lot of comments about David’s flawless skin….but I just have to say David needs to listen to his own advice to those young women at this conference….He has that special glow about him. I guess you can say an aura that follows him everywhere he goes….you can even see it on videos from half across the globe….and it is because he knows he is a son of god………He sure has his priorities straight and a good head on his beautiful shoulders…….Miss Vicki

  13. Shanny in Australia says:

    Oh Mary Dee, when he does the Archugrowl and then follows up with the ‘hic’ kind of sound as he trows his head back…..that is my favorite part of the song! Would love a MGR of just that bit lol.

    Welcome home Miss Vicki! :-)

  14. Miss Vicki DA #2014 says:

    Thanks Shanny…..ok…I gotta go listen to that archugrowl and “hic” sound again…Miss Vicki

    • Shanny in Australia says:

      Oh just re watched it…he doesn’t go ‘hic’ lol, but just after the growl, when he says ‘your’ he emphasizes it in a ‘hic’ kind of way. Lol. Anyway, love the swagger of that bit. :-)

  15. Jani says:

    Shanny, have you “recovered” yet? Or does one recover from a visit with Mr. Archuleta? :) Hope you’ve caught up on sleep at least. So glad you were able to experience it all and share it with us!
    Ok, I am totally clueless, but what’s an MGR?

  16. Miss Vicki DA #2014 says:

    Yep…..love the archugrowl in True Colors…..So when is the next performance down under….and do we have any more archie sleuths down there to take more videos?????Who is with David down under????? Kari, Gina, Kendra????? Miss Vicki

    • Janel aka Nellie says:

      Gina is with him this trip. There were a couple of pictures of her which surfaced when he was signing autographs.

  17. Miss Vicki DA #2014 says:

    Jani…I don’t think anyone EVER really recovers after seeing David….we just go on in a permanent state of bliss…..Miss Vicki

  18. Shanny in Australia says:

    Jani, I slept for 10 hours last night lol.
    At first I felt like things were getting back to normal but then I went to a fireside last night with 3 of the TOFW presenters, whilst David was in another part of the country doing a fireside with the rest of the TOFW presenters….and he’s doing another fireside tonight ….and now for some reason, I just feel all itchy to experience it all again RIGHT NOW. So feeling kinda hyper and angsty but having to do mundane things like clean up the house from the semi-mess it got into while I was away….sigh, why does the real world always have to pull you back lol.

    MGR – merry-go-round. When someone puts part of a song or a whole song on replay and creates a video out of it. Like what pocoelsy did with the true colours vid.

    • Jani says:

      Oh, thanks! duh. Yeah that would be a great MGR!

      The real world always calls after something special, doesn’t it? I call it re-entry. ;), it’s hard sometimes! But I hope the memories and feelings last and lift you for a long time!

  19. Shanny in Australia says:

    Miss Vicki, he is doing another fireside tonight in Melbourne, Australia. There is a lady on twitter @brightstar61 who is going and said she will try and live tweet some info, otherwise she will share some info tomorrow, as she has a long drive home afterwards.

    Freofan is there in NZ for the next TOFW on Saturday but I’m not sure if she is going? I hope she is and will share. Otherwise I’m not sure what our chances are. The TOFW people shared pics from their time here in Australia so I’m hoping we’ll at least get pics again from them from Auckland and let’s hope that he doesn’t sing a different song and we miss a recording of it!!

    Gina is traveling with him. :-)

  20. Miss Vicki DA #2014 says:

    Thanks for the update Shanny….missed a lot while I’ve been away…..Night all….Miss Vicki

    • Jani says:

      Goodnight Miss Vicki, Shanny and all!
      Take care all……as Beth always says. :). (Where are you Beth? Hope you’re well, and we get a concert close by us s**n! :) )

  21. claudiacb says:

    Hey Shanny, Thanks so much for sharing your vids and experience with us. Loved it!

  22. Shanny in Australia says:

    If anyone is awake @brightstar61 is going to try live tweeting. She’s seen David ‘looking handsome in a dark suit’ and is four rows from the front. Lucky thing! That’s good and close!

  23. kimk says:

    good morning folks!

    just read that Meghan Trainor has to cancel the rest of her tour due to vocal chord problems.. like Adele, Sam Smith even John Mayer David is very lucky indeed!

  24. kimk says:

    Shanny is this a fireside or another TOFW?

  25. Miss Vicki DA #2014 says:

    Morning all……thanks for @brightstar61…..hope she gets real close and takes lots of pics and videos…..Looking forward to much more from down under…When do you move to Florida kimk??????? Off to work again….have fun here in Davidland today……Miss Vicki

  26. Shanny in Australia says:

    It was just a fireside tonight. So doubt there will be vids but maybe a pic and details of what he sung?

  27. kimk says:

    David Archuleta Fans ‏@DavidUniverse 22m22 minutes ago
    Caleb Rice
    Had the opportunity to accompany @DavidArchie last night while he sung #glorious

    https://twitter.com/DavidUniverse/status/631438389166784512/photo/1

  28. kimk says:

    Ashton Curtis ‏@ashtonncurtiss 32m32 minutes ago
    What a fantastic night with @TheBradWilcox and @DavidArchie Melbourne loves and thanks you! Just a wonderful mid-week re-charge for my soul!

    Te Haerenga Walker ‏@TeHaerenga 1h1 hour ago
    @DavidArchie Really enjoyed your singing and talk tonight’s the the conference, it was really uplifting and inspiring to hear you speak :)

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 1h1 hour ago
    Sorry no live tweetsthey turned the wifi off Glad they did I wouldn’t have missed a minute! Awesome more ltr @DavidArchie @AuzzieArchieFan

  29. Beth, Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd says:

    Hello Everyone!
    Hope you all are doing well :grin:
    Hey Jani! I’m here, lurking a bit, enjoying all of the vids & tweets
    from Austrailia, but taking a day off from commenting. Gosh, hoping
    like crazy for a concert here in the Twin Cities!!!!!!! :grin:

    Hope you all have a great day, gotta go, will check in later. Adios :grin:

  30. kimk says:

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 42m42 minutes ago
    @AuzzieArchieFan ok I’m home! Six hrs driving for 1.5 hours worth the effort! Looking smart black suit b&wcheck tie
    https://twitter.com/BrightStar61/status/631460333714980868/photo/1

  31. Ali says:

    Thought I would post all the tweets from the lady to went to the fireside last night:

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 5h5 hours ago
    Sorry no live tweetsthey turned the wifi off Glad they did I wouldn’t have missed a minute! Awesome more ltr @DavidArchie @AuzzieArchieFan

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    @AuzzieArchieFan ok I’m home! Six hrs driving for 1.5 hours worth the effort! Looking smart black suit b&wcheck tie
    https://twitter.com/BrightStar61/status/631460333714980868/photo/1
    (Kim already posted this one but thought it was worth posting again ;) )

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    He started with Glorious, spoke about auditioning for Idol life after Idol & serving his mission. @DavidArchie @AuzzieArchieFan

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    He sang Come Come Ye Saints acapella I couldn’t breathe it was so beautiful! @DavidArchie @AuzzieArchieFan

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    At the end he sang Be Still my Soul. What a magical night! @DavidArchie @AuzzieArchieFan @TheBradWilcox

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    @TheBradWilcox @DavidArchie thank you so much for awonderful evening! 6hours driving 2days after driving to&from Sydney Worth every second!

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    @TheBradWilcox was wonderful! He greeted me like an old friend on the way in! He got up straight after @DavidArchie sang and made us laugh!

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    Straight from tears over Come Come Ye Saints to laughing with @TheBradWilcox so funny & insightful I enjoyed the entire night @DavidArchie

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    Ok so I need sleep I’ll catch you tomorrow and tell you more. BTW I love his laughing face @AuzzieArchieFan

    Shanny in Australia ‏@AuzzieArchieFan 2h2 hours ago
    @BrightStar61 Lol. Now you’ve got me curious bout the laughing face! Ok, thanks heaps – including the pic. Sleep well! :)

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    @AuzzieArchieFan he was laughing at things Brad said :D

    Shanny in Australia ‏@AuzzieArchieFan 2h2 hours ago
    @BrightStar61 Did he greet people afterwards? Take any pics? Was it just David and Brad?

    Helen Isitt ‏@BrightStar61 2h2 hours ago
    @AuzzieArchieFan no they had to leave as they have an early flight so we had to stay seated but I thanked David & he squeezed my hand

  32. gossip cupcake says:

    mjsbigblog ‏@mjsbigblog 5m5 minutes ago
    #AmericanIdol alum #ConstantineMaroulis Arrested for Domestic Violence http://bit.ly/1IZCeaz

  33. Freofan says:

    I decided not to make the trip to Auckland but if he comes to Wellington that’s a different story. I walked past the venue last week in Auckland when I was up there for work. Melbourne is a beautiful city. Australian and NZ wine and coffee are fantastic. Too bad he won’t have neither!

  34. Freofan says:

    ps it’s surreal that he’ll be in my time zone later today I’m guessing!

  35. Freofan says:

    Shanny, do you know if he’ll be doing firesides around the north island? Seems if he visited Melbourne, Hamilton, Wellington, and maybe even Christchurch would be logical stops.

  36. kimk says:

    I love strong coffee have my own French press!

  37. angelbymyside says:

    BYU Alumni ‏@BYUalumni

    2000 seats have been added to BYU Spectacular with @DavidArchie! Get tickets now at http://byutickets.com #BYUAlumni

  38. kimk says:

    how many seats are there now.. oh and cool!!

  39. kimk says:

    hehe just heard Shanny scream! :)

  40. Joanie/suttygal says:

    Hi everyone! I added Shanny’s terrific TOFW recap to the post! It’s so wonderful! Felt like I was right there with her. :)

  41. kimk says:

    Shanny that was beautiful you and your nana are beautiful thank you!!

  42. kimk says:

    Ali thanks thinking the reception at there will be like when he went to BYU Idaho.. now all is needed for Idaho to pick up the ball and fill those seats!! :evil:

  43. kimk says:

    Meghan Trainor and Sam Smith both have vocal chord issues Sam also cancelled some concerts.. yoo hoo David!! :)

  44. angelbymyside says:

    Shanny ~ I just read your recap of your experience at TOFW! Loved every word! So happy you had this wonderful experience and thanks for taking all of us along with you. Glad you and your Nana got to meet David together! :D

  45. Beth, Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd says:

    Hello Everyone!
    Hope you all are doing well :grin:

    Hey Shanny! Love your recap & so happy you & your mum got to see
    David live :grin:

  46. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Hey Ali…..yep that ‘s one big areana….and yeah…hope David is mentally preparing himself for such a big crowd…..think he will just have to try to get used to it again…..everyone seems to love David!!!!! Shanny so glad you and your mom got to see David…….Glad he let ya take his pic for the fans and upload the videos……Miss Vicki

  47. Good evening everyone!
    Joanie…. fab post!
    Love the top pic, especially his hair!

    Shanny…. what a great recap, Thank your lovely mum for me!!!

    Thats one big arena!!!! Exciting time coming!!!!

  48. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Hey LindaFromCali….yep…that’s a big arena……How ya doing and how’s the weather in SoCal????? Have the Santa Anna winds kicked in yet????? Miss Vicki

  49. Beth, Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd says:

    Goodnight Everyone, Take Care All!

  50. nora says:

    shanny, just read your recap of your and your Nana’s first time seeing and hearing David perform live, and taking us on this great experience with you both. I thought you did a great job. Thanks again for everything that you shared with us.

  51. Hey Miss Vicki!…. Sorry i’m late!
    It’s hotter then heck here, but 2 more months & it will get better!
    No monsoon yet or Santa Ana winds!!!
    Anytime though!

  52. jeaniut says:

    Loved Shanny’s recap

  53. sydnie says:

    Shantelle! What an amazing recap, enjoyed every word & felt like I was right there with you! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible experience, you and your Nana are totally awesome!!!
    Actually your nana sounded a lot like my bf lol, he tried at every opportunity to help me get pics with D also! :D

  54. sydnie says:

    Joanie, can’t thank you enough this fabulous TOFW Down Under post love all the tidbits, pics, vids, recaps! David looks great! :)

    • Suttygal/Joanie in MN says:

      Thanks so much, Sydnie! We’re so fortunate for all of the TOFW treasures from Shanny, Lisa King, and the other attendees who shared pics, vids, and tweets of their experience. I agree; he looked (and sounded) great! :)

  55. Mary Dee says:

    David’s Tell Me with Spanish subs, beautiful :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwSXWca_HxM&feature=youtu.be

  56. Shanny in Australia says:

    Thanks everyone! ‘Twas fun writing the recap – like living it all over again!
    Joanie, thank you for your graciousness too. :-)
    One thing peeps – she’s my GRANDMOTHER, not my mum. But don’t worry I know she secretly likes being mistaken for my mum , which happens often actually. Lol

    Sydnie, I’m surprised a boyfriend would encourage his girl to get picks with David. Lol. Sounds like a good egg. :-)

    Freofan- I’m not sure sorry. I was only told Melbourne/Adelaide. But ‘sacrament meeting’ was mentioned and there hasn’t been any news about them presenting at a sacrament meeting so far on this little jaunt, so I’m assuming they will do a sacrament meeting presentation in Auckland this Saturday? Possibly a fireside. But they’re only guesses based upon small bits of info sorry. I wouldn’t be too hopeful sorry. Apparently, they did firesides there in previous years and this year they came to Australia first so they could do the firesides here.
    I like hearing about the NZ foods you like, although I can’t comment on the beverages you mentioned. ;-) :lol:

    I had hoped David would have tweeted a pic of himself in NZ by now. Fingers crossed for tomorrow I guess.

  57. kimk says:

    good morning!

    Is there another TOFW today?

    Archies #DA2014 ‏@Archie_lovers 2h2 hours ago
    @DavidArchie Why not come to Indonesia? It’s not far from Australia lol

    Sean Kaya ‏@KayaOnFiyah 3h3 hours ago
    Apparently I look like David Archuleta

    Donovan Porritt ‏@donporrittak 3h3 hours ago
    Helped a friend move there grandparents into there new house and the house was David Archuleta’s old house before he moved to Tennessee..

    kylie rodriguez ‏@kyliee_r 4h4 hours ago
    david archuleta still gives me life

    Kinlie Rackard ‏@RackardKinlie 4h4 hours ago
    “I’m literally gonna date David Archuleta” -Hannah

    Tianna Palmer ‏@Starmusicdust 5h5 hours ago
    @DavidArchie Hi David!! Just wanted to say I’m your biggest fan and I love you!!!

  58. kimk says:

    daily #aww for the day! :)

    Deer and rabbit, nicknamed Bambi & Thumper, play at YMCA of the Rockies

    https://youtu.be/yAqYgXCGg3U

  59. Freofan says:

    Shanny, I was thinking that he’d try to get to Hamilton to see the temple.

    I wonder if David would like L&P?

    I’m so happy for you that you saw him perform live. I’ve been fortunate to have seen him perform many times and his voice is phenomenal live. I think of you everytime we pass through the suburb where you and (and Ben, too!) grew up.

    There used to be an active online fan from the Auckland area: NZArchAngel or something like that was her online name?

  60. kimk says:

    Lina ‏@lina90867 2h2 hours ago
    @DavidArchie welcome to NZ! Hope the weather stays nice while you’re here! #tofw

    Lina ‏@lina90867 2h2 hours ago
    Trying to stay calm cause @DavidArchie is in NZ! Can it be Saturday already! I really want hear him sing! #futurehusband #tofw

  61. VaBeachArchie says:

    Good morning guys! HAPPY Thursday!

    Thanks Shanny for your WONDERFUL recap! You have made a lot of Archies very happy with your AWESOME coverage of David in Australia! Like a pro!

  62. kimk says:

    thanks again Shanny for the videos!!! :)

  63. Ali says:

    kimk – Per your question earlier TOFW is not today, it’s Saturday. Which would be late Friday afternoon/evening for those in the US

  64. Shanny in Australia says:

    Hi guys!

    Freofan, yes I think that was her name – NZarchangel. I haven’t seen her since the days of Nandito Ako. I wonder if she’s still around?
    And that’s cool that you remember us….. :-)

    I was just trying to rack my brains….the name Lina rung a bell…but we’ve made a few major moves in our time and I forget WHERE I know people from…..and I think I knew a Lina who was LDS in Wellington! Wonder if it’s the same one!? The church in NZ is a small world! Has anyone asked her to take vids yet? Lol

    Vabeach, kim – thanks heaps! ❤️

    • kimk says:

      ha well too bad you are so far away you and your nana would work out very well indeed here in the states.. thinking your trip to UTAH will be great!!

    • Freogal says:

      I would love to meet a fan here!

      Yes, it’s Friday now in NZ. Saturday morning will be afternoon US east coast time. It’s the only time I can reach anyone there with us all working!

  65. kimk says:

    thanks guys hope for a pic or two to pop up!! :)

  66. kimk says:

    sydnie ha here this one is for you! :D

    #Mykapalaran ‏@mykapalaran 54s55 seconds ago
    Former Once Direction member @zaynmalik dyes hair platinum blonde

    https://twitter.com/mykapalaran/status/631849549724672000/photo/1

  67. kimk says:

    bella // 10 ‏@warmhes 53m53 minutes ago
    bella // 10 retweeted Liam
    bring david archuleta back

    Liam ‏@Real_Liam_Payne 57m57 minutes ago
    So I learnt today that apparently my tweets can bring back chicken fries… Whatever will I ask for next? ;)

  68. kimk says:

    Justin Bronsman ‏@JustinBman12 1m1 minute ago
    David Archuleta was married to that hot chick my gosh i met her in person once i was lucky

    ha wow that was quick.. never knew he was married!! :)

  69. kimk says:

    Reason to Smile ‏@ReasonntoSmile 13m13 minutes ago
    David Archuleta

  70. Shanny in Australia says:

    Hmmm…just woke up briefly and……lol, funny but i just remembered…..yes they will be doing a fireside or sacrament presentation in New Zealand – on a small little island just off the coast of New Zealand! Lol. Now, if I thought never say never after David came to Australia, imagine being an Archie on that island! I have no idea how they managed to swing that one but somehow they did! Lol. Now back to sleep for just a lil while longer.

  71. IMO says:

    Huh? David is married to a hot chick???

  72. kimk says:

    ha checked it out think it is the football player.. still was fun for about an hour or so.

    Shanny umm what is that.. is David being anointed? :)

  73. kimk says:

    MANNNTV ‏@MANNNtv_ 8m8 minutes ago
    DAVID ARCHULETA WHERE ARE YOU DUDE
    48 retweets 121 favorites

    these guys have over 35K followers guessing they are comedians? youtubers not sure but lol in 8 min it got 48 RTs… David can’t even do that.

  74. kimk says:

    hillary clinton ‏@colorfulyoutube 20m20 minutes ago
    @MANNNtv_ David cook vs David archuleta was literally the most groundbreaking feud of my childhood

  75. kimk says:

    MANNNTV ‏@MANNNtv_ 25m25 minutes ago
    @nevaehhvaughn haha I just had this epiphany and thought “WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO DAVID ARCHULETA” hopefully we find out soon! lmao

  76. IMO says:

    David cook is married, maybe the tweet was a confused??

  77. IMO says:

    Idk about david archuleta being married but I don’t believe it.

  78. Janel aka Nellie says:

    There is a martial arts kickboxing champion named David Archuleta.

  79. IMO says:

    Wow, there some david archuleta names out there!

  80. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Oh, maybe it is David Cook. A rumor was going around a few days ago that he and his girlfriend were shopping for wedding rings. When he was asked if they were getting married, he said “no comment”.

  81. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    David married to a hot chick……only if the hot chick had hot smoking soulful eyes…..remember the eyes have it and are the window to the soul for David’s heart……Miss Vicki

  82. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Hope for some pics soon from NZ…..when does he perform again???? Miss Vicki

  83. Freofan says:

    Shanny, will he be on waiheke island?? I didn’t know they had a church meeting hall. I’m guessing he flies out Sunday to LAX, SF, or Dallas. I’ll be doing that myself over Christmas! Someone, please, put some Whitaker’s chocolate and NZ cheese and a ginger slice in David’s hands!

    Maybe he’ll like NZ so much that he’ll come back!

    • Shanny in Australia says:

      Yes She said Waiheke island. But you’re right – I just looked up LDS church locations and there isn’t one there. Unless they’re borrowing a hall …..or maybe she just got confused and maybe the local leader said that the church building they will be at in Auckland, simply ENCOMPASSES the LDS people from Waiheke island. Not that they’re actually going there.

      Lol….that guy up thread was right…..WHERE IS David Archuleta. Lolol

      • Shanny in Australia says:

        And yes! Here’s hoping they come back! I did tell the lady they should go visit the Bay of Islands if they get half a chance. Lol. Hoping to wow, and draw them back. ;-)

        • Freofan says:

          I hear you! Could someone mention wellington to him? Lol

          I could barely focus today knowing he’s in the country!

  84. IMO says:

    I think david cook got marry in nashville and david did attend at the wedding, it sound like it was very secretive.

  85. IMO says:

    I hope we able to see pics of david in NZ.

  86. Shanny in Australia says:

    Freofan, I was visiting with family yesterday and my dad came upon this. Made my old patriotic spirit flare lol. I can recognize and relate to so much of it. You might too now.

    https://youtu.be/w4shrCg1b7E

  87. Ali says:

    I did hear that David Cook got married a little while back. He hasn’t confirmed anything but is supposedly wearing a wedding ring now. He’s had one steady girlfriend for several years so it would make sense. Guess we won’t know for sure unless he decides to announce it though.

  88. TheNZArchangel says:

    Guys I am still here just lurking every now and then when time permits haha! Freo and Shanny :) Hope you’re doing well! Shanny just read about your amazing experience at tofw and meeting David!! VERY Very awesome!!!! :D
    I’m not in Auckland anymore. I can’t make the trip there this time unfortunately :( But I hope David has a lovely time in NZ!! :)
    Lots of love to you all x

    • Freogal says:

      Nice to see you! I couldn’t make the trip to Auckland, but hope he returns. I still can’t believe he came to NZ! If you come to wellington would love to meet another Archie in NZ. :-)

  89. Mary Dee says:

    So, David got to visit The Shire (Hobbiton) :) Cool!!
    https://instagram.com/p/6WiHvpLo7H/

  90. Mary Dee says:

    He looks so cute in the pic by the circular door :)

  91. Shanny in Australia says:

    Oh my goodness!!! My daughter is going to FREAK at this picture. She’s as ODD about anything Tolkien/LOTR/Hobbit as I am about David lol. She loved it when he quoted Galadriel last week and then his Gandalf quote during TOFW. She is going to be mighty jealous and stoked about this picture! Lolol. Can’t wait to show her when she gets home!

    TheNZarchangel – oh wow it is so good to see you pop up! I hope you are well too!!! :-) :-) :-)

  92. Shanny in Australia says:

    I’m so glad David is getting to do a little sight seeing! Squee!!!
    He said that he was watching LOTR the week previous – I figured it was in anticipation of visiting ‘middle earth’. So cool. So cool…… :-)

  93. kimk says:

    another one from David!!

    https://instagram.com/p/6XAQjwFy2o/

    davidarchieThe Shire with the Party Tree and all. Where are my Lord of the Rings fans at? #MiddleEarth #NewZealand #Hobbiton

  94. kimk says:

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 21m21 minutes ago
    Salutations from the Shire. You know, just a visit to my friend Bilbo Baggins.

    https://twitter.com/DavidArchie/status/632136685598277632/photo/1

  95. Shanny in Australia says:

    Thanks Kim! I’m ridiculously excited over all these pics and my daughter is jealous, jealous, jealous. Lolol.

    I’m also so glad he tweeted a pic from NZ. I was starting to think he wasn’t going to.

    • kimk says:

      guess they were waiting until they got a good one.. how long until TOFW?

      • Shanny in Australia says:

        Perhaps so!

        About 10 hours to start.

        • kimk says:

          thanks hope someone will take videos only saw yours from the Aussie event.. maybe some short clips.

        • Shanny in Australia says:

          I tried to get my husband to ask on Facebook for people to video it but he’s not co-operating. Ugh. I’m sure there will be a number of people we know who will go.
          There was one other person who posted vids from Sydney. At this point, I’m just hoping for pics from TOFW.

  96. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Top of the morning to ya’ll ……love the new pics from The Shire…..wanna visit the Hobbiton movie set….think I’ll read The Hobbit again!!!! New Zealand get ready to get ready to be mesmerized by Sir David!!!!! Love the pic of David sitting in the oval office…….he would make such a good candidate!!!!! Looking forward tot more to come from the Down Under…….Happy Friday everyone….off to work….check in later…..Miss Vicki

  97. kimk says:

    Lina ‏@lina90867 38m38 minutes ago
    Lina retweeted David Archuleta
    So cute! I heard you went to the NZ temple. My dad was there and he didn’t even realise… what?!

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 1h1 hour ago
    Salutations from the Shire. You know, just a visit to my friend Bilbo Baggins.
    https://twitter.com/DavidArchie/status/632136685598277632/photo/1

  98. kimk says:

    Shanny aww that is ok.. least you were kind enough to post/take them really do appreciate that you did!!! :)

  99. kimk says:

    new thread!

    Shanny lol your daughter would love it!

  100. VaBeachArchie says:

    Good morning guys!

    THANKS kimk for the links to some GREAT pics! HAPPY that David got a chance to do some sightseeing! Never know if you’ll ever get a chance to get back!

    Have a FUN FRIDAY guys! ENJOY!

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