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Athos M. Amorim Athos M. (Marques de) Amorim

1932 - living
  • Born 1932 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Married Maria Alice Ferrao 1957 (Sealed 1978) two sons
  • Baptized 1972
  • Branch President, District President, Temple President
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1998 - 2002
  • Honorably released from the Second Quorum 2002

    Elder Athos M. Amorím of the Second Quorum of the Seventy was not what many people might expect in a retired army officer. Given the chance to serve as chief of staff for Brazil’s highest military court, he declined and chose to stay home in Resende, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, “as a gardener.” He cultivated flowers because he loves their beauty, and he fed the birds that flew so freely around his home because “I love to hear them singing in the morning and the evening, happy in my garden.”

    He was less concerned about where he served than how he served. After his release from being president of the São Paulo Temple, he was called as second counselor in his ward elders quorum presidency and “was very happy in the calling” because he loved working with Heavenly Father’s children in any capacity.

    That love went back at least to the day he was baptized in 1972. He felt very deeply that his heart was being changed, a feeling he found difficult to put into words. He knew, though, that he became a new man that day.

    He remembered the humble missionary who confirmed him and who indicated that one day this new member would serve as a mission president. Athos Amorím later presided over the Brazil Fortaleza Mission. He was also a district president and, in his mobile military career, president of several small branches where there are now stakes.

    Born on 14 June 1932 in Rio de Janeiro, he married Maria Alice Ferrao on 31 May 1957. They were sealed in the Washington [D.C.] Temple in 1978. They had two sons.

    Sister Amorím, he said, “always has supported me well in the service of the Lord.” She shared his awe and happiness at his calling as a General Authority because “she loves working in the Church and she has a very strong testimony.”

    He hoped his own service could reflect his “joy in the work. I love Church work, and it is very easy for me to love the people. I want to share with everyone my testimony of Jesus Christ. That is my greatest desire.”

Elder Amorim fulfilled the term of his call in a distinguished manner and was honorably released with a vote of thanks by a grateful Church in General Conference assembled October5, 2002.
   "News of the Church: Elder Athos M. Amorím of the Seventy," Ensign, May 1998
   "Second Quorum of the Seventy." 2005 Church Almanac, p. 91

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