Athos M. Amorim
Athos Marques de Amorim, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, served as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 1998 to 2002. He also served several times as a branch president, as a district president, and later president of the Brazil Fortaleza Mission (1990–1993) and president of the Sao Paulo Temple (1993–1996).
Amorim was born on June 14, 1932, and was baptized in 1972 as a young husband and father. He told the Church News that when the young missionary, Elder Kent B. Furness, laid his hands on his head to confirm him, he felt himself changing inside. “I confess I cried very much because something happened inside of my heart.” He and his wife, Maria, were sealed in the Washington DC Temple in 1978. They are the parents of two sons.
He joined the Brazilian military and eventually received a degree from the Superior War College. Elder Amorim attended military schools and earned the equivalent of a Ph.D. in military studies. While living in Brasilia, he was secretary to the Brazil Minister of the Army, a cabinet-level post. At the time he retired, he was a colonel in Army Reserve. He received the Timbira Order of Labor Judiciary Merit.
Amorim died on April 25, 2021.