Carlos H. Amado

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Carlos Humberto Amado (born 25 September 1944) was the first general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from Guatemala.

Elder Amado was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. His family joined the Church when he was nine. Initially he was most attracted to the Church by the Boy Scout program.[1]

Elder Amado was trained as a technical draftsman. However, Amado spent most of his career as an employee of the Church Educational System, rising to the position of country director for Guatemala. Amado was among the first seminary teachers in Guatemala for the LDS Church.[1] He also served as a branch president, bishop, stake president, mission president and regional representative of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was a mission president in Guatemala. He was at the same time involved in reopening the El Salvador San Salvador Mission in 1984.

Elder Amado was called as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 1989. In 1992 he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was designated emeritus general authority during the October 2014 General Conference.

He married Mayavel Pineda in 1971. They have six children.

See also


  • Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, p. 20
  • 2005 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac, p. 31