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OTRC: David Archuleta announces his hiatus from music to serve Mormon mission - See video

David Archuleta in an undated photo from his official website. (Photo courtesy of David Archuleta's official website, DavidArchuleta.com)

David Archuleta is taking a break from his music career.

The 20-year-old "American Idol" season 7 runner-up announced on December 19 that he is taking the break from his music career in order to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Archuleta, who was born in Miami but who grew up in Murray, Utah, said he's not quitting music, but feels a call to serve the church.

In a video posted on Archuleta's website -- which can be seen below, the singer is seen explaining to the audience why he chose to go on the mission. "I would like to make a special announcement that I've chosen to serve a full-time mission," Archuleta said to the crowd, which began to cheer.

"It's not because someone told me that I'm supposed to do it, and not because I no longer want to do music, but because it's the feeling that I've felt I need to do this with my life," Archuleta added.

The singer was 16 and one of the youngest contestants to compete on the seventh season of "American Idol." He eventually lost to David Cook. Archuleta went on to release three albums before being dropped by his record label, 19 Recordings/Jive Records, earlier this year.

Archuleta had been on Jive records since 2008, when his self-titled debut album went platinum after selling nearly a million units. The pop singer's latest album, "The Other Side of Down," which came out in 2010 sold just over 63,000 copies.

The location of Archuleta's mission has not been disclosed either by him or church officials. Single men typically serve for two years, and women and couples serve for 18 months, according to the Associated Press.

Missionaries volunteer for service, but must be selected by program officials in Salt Lake City. They are not paid and must cover their own expenses while in the field. The church has more than 350 missions worldwide.

Check out the video of Archuleta making his announcement below.

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