- Born 1944 Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Baptized 1953; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young adult
- Married Mayavel Pineda; five children
- Branch President, Bishop, Stake President
- President Guatemala Guatemala City Mission
- President El Salvador San Salvador Mission
- Second Quorum of the Seventy 1989-1992
- First Quorum of the Seventy 1992-2014
- Designated General Authority Emeritus 2014
When his family first attended an LDS meeting, nine-year-old
Carlos didn't care much for the idea, fearing it might be like chaotic
meetings he had seen in some other churches. And nothing in this new church
seemed to appeal—until the elder who
greeted his family told Carlos about Boy Scouts!
It wasn't long until the family joined the Church.
Carlos grew up in it, and he has matured spiritually through a lifetime
of service. On April 1, Elder Carlos H. Amado of Guatemala City, Guatemala,
was sustained as a member of the new Second Quorum of the Seventy.
The calling came as a surprise to him—but not to
his children. Knowing their father's strengths, they have long believed
he would one day be a General Authority. The Amados’ eldest son—sixteen-year-old
Carlos Josue—could only weep for joy when his parents told their children
of the call. Excitement took over for their other children—Julio, sixteen,
whom they have recently adopted; David, fifteen; Juan Pablo, eleven; Andres,
ten; and Mayavel, eight, named for her mother.
Elder Amado reflects that he and his wife are part
of “the first generation of members who have grown up in the Church in
Guatemala.” Both were born in Guatemala City, he on 25 September 1944,
and she eight years and two days later. Mayavel’s parents joined the Church
when she was four. She and Carlos knew each other as children. But their
romance did not develop until after her family returned from five years
of living in El Salvador, and after he had served in the Andes Mission
from 1965 to 1967. They were married in December of 1971.
He was working as a draftsman when he was called
as a bishop several years ago. He had been teaching seminary since the
beginning of the program in Guatemala, and he continued while he served
as bishop. After two years, he was hired to work in the Church Educational
System, and three months later, he was called to be CES area director in
Guatemala. He has worked for the Church Educational System for fourteen
In the years since his mission, Elder Amado has been
a branch president, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, stake president,
mission president, and twice a Regional Representative. While he was president
of the Guatemala Guatemala City
Mission from 1980-84, he was asked to reopen and preside simultaneously
over the El Salvador San Salvador Mission.
After being released as mission president and before
being called again as Regional Representative, Elder Amado served as Blazer
leader in their ward. Typically, his wife says, he prepared as thoroughly
and carefully for his Primary lesson as he would for a presentation to
a group of priesthood leaders.
She, too, has given much in Church callings throughout
their married life; for some time now she has served as an assistant matron
in the temple. The Amados know they must support each other as husband
and wife to be able to fulfill their responsibilities.
On occasion, Elder Amado may relax by playing table
tennis with his children, and he tries to run every day for exercise. But
he seems to thrive on Church work.
“The thing that made me admire him when we met, after
not having seen each other since we were children, was his love for the
Lord,” Sister Amado says. “His greatest concern is that we focus our attention
Often, fulfilling his many Church leadership responsibilities
has required great personal sacrifice. But it is not in his nature to think
of service as a sacrifice. “I have never felt that my callings are burdens—but
blessings,” Elder Amado explains.
“Everything I am, and all that I have, I have received
through being involved in the service of the Lord.”
Elder Amado continued to serve in the Second Quorum
until 1992 when he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on June
6 and sustained October 3. He continued to serve in the First Quorum until,
on October 4, 2014, he was released from active service, and designated a
General authority Emeritus. The move was sustained by a membership, grateful
for over twenty-five years service as a General Authority.
"News of the Church: Elder Carlos H. Amado...," Ensign, May 1989, p. 92
"15 New General Authorities are Called," Church News Archives, June 6, 1992
"First Quorum of the Seventy," 2005 Church Almanac, p.31