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Christmas Message from David
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) December 24, 2016
So many responses!
and there were so many more! All like this …
FOD team wishes you, your sweet niece in holiday red, and your entire family a joyous Christmas and restful holiday time ❄🌲🎼🎄✨
— David Archuleta FOD (@FODFansofDavid) December 25, 2016
And the day after Christmas:
One of the best presents I could ever receive! Talking to my sister Jazzy who is currently a missionary in Texas was definitely a highlight for my Christmas yesterday! Talking to her made me realize she is the same quirky person as ever, but wow how much stronger she has become! It reminded me how much a mission can change a missionary's life and how much my mission has changed mine! Not to mention how a missionary changes people's lives who they come in contact with and serve. What was a Christmas highlight for you? #christmas #sister #family #missionary #hermana #mission #LDS #mormon
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Joy! Joy To The World! ~ Extra Special Message from Rich Parkinson
Over the past several years, I have tried to put my finger on it. Why is it that so many go so far out of their way and spend who knows how much money to be there again and again? I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s one simple answer… Joy!
You see, happiness is a choice. A simple choice. Regardless of our circumstances, we can choose to be happy. But Joy is different. I can’t sit here, right now, and say to myself, “I’m gonna have Joy, right now!” It doesn’t work that way.
Joy is something that we must experience. It’s why we surround ourselves with the people we do. It’s why we go the places we go. It’s why we make the choices we make. It’s why we listen to music, attend concerts, go to church, and serve others. These things bring us Joy and bless our lives.
What a beautiful gift our Heavenly Father has given us! Today, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. His life and teachings changed the world. He taught us how to truly Love One Another. He taught us how to serve. I think it’s magical that in doing so, everyone is allowed to experience that Joy! What a magnificent design!
I had the opportunity to attend one of David’s shows on his Christmas tour this year. What an incredible night! Moment after moment! I stood in awe, grateful for the chance to be in the room. David and I had a couple of short, but great conversations.
We briefly talked about the difference between using these unique gifts we have to either gain power and influence over others vs. accepting the responsibility that comes with having such a gift. In that responsibility, we are allowed to bring others this Joy.
Our Savior showed us the way. He led by example. He brings Joy To The World, and we can choose to do the same. I’m grateful to be surrounded so many that do.
May God Bless You All and Merry Christmas!
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Songs of the season
Not all David related, but this is what the season is about
The spirit of the season is alive in our NICU. Watch as two nurses sing a carol to preemie baby Anya… 🎶 pic.twitter.com/Ovy5MdjOub
— Sunnybrook Hospital (@Sunnybrook) December 21, 2016
I cried at this one …
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Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas
To each one of you who drop by daily, weekly, occasionally or just now and then, and whether you celebrate Christmas the religious holy day, the spirit of Christmas or just celebrate this peaceful time of year, we wish you a wonderful day with friends and family.
David sings it like no other, with arrangement by Richard Parkinson. I love this vantage point!
And ending with one of my very favourite Christmas songs that I had no idea I loved until David sang it. This chorus slays me every single time. But when David slows the tempo on the last one…. Tears. Every. Single. Time.
This is Christmas.
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We’ve been a bit busy with updating, tweeting, responding to emails and otherwise enjoying this tour just like the rest of you. But, like David and the Band, we are planning a little break with just key posts and update on big news only. We check email daily and will tweet, but just skeleton posts until the second week of January.
Hoping David and his awesome band have a great vacation too! BY THE WAY, did you know that approximately 96% of all seats were sold for the entire concert tour including Tuacahn? An that DOES NOT include all the seats sold in overflow (and there were many!) at Tuachan. That’s pretty darn amazing without a CD release. I would say that bodes really well for 2017!