José L. Alonso
|José L. Alonso|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|2 April 2011|
|Called by||Thomas S. Monson|
|Born||José Luis Alonso Trejo
17 November 1958
Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico
Alonso was born in Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico. He lived primarily in Mexico City until he was 15 when he moved back to Cuautla to live with his father, Luis Alonso. The older Alonso had joined the LDS Church and through the influence of his father and meeting with the missionaries, Jose Alonso also joined the church. As a youth in Cuautla he met Rebeca Salazar. He served as missionary for the LDS Church in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission. After returning from his mission, Alonso married Rebecca in the Mesa Arizona Temple and they are the parents of two children.
Alonso was trained as a homeopathic physician and surgeon at Escuela Libre de Homeopatia de Mexico and then received a degree in pediatrics from the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico City. He worked in medicine and also as an institute director and area director for church's Seminaries and Institutes of Religion.
Alonso has served in the LDS Church as a bishop, as the first president of the Oaxaca Mexico Mitla Stake when it was created in 1996, and as president of the Mexico Tijuana Mission from 2002 to 2005. He later served as an area seventy until becoming a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 2011. While he was an area seventy, Alonso served for a year as a counselor in the presidency of the Mexico North Area. He served in the presidency of the Mexico Area from August 2012 to August 2013. He has served in the presidency of the Central America Area since August 2014.
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- "LDS First Presidency announces area leadership assignments", Church News, 2 May 2015.
- "Elder José L. Alonso", Liahona, May 2011, p. 134
- "New General Authority callings announced" Church News, 2 April 2011
- "New mission presidents" Church News, 11 May 2002
- Jason Swensen, "Elder Jose Luis Alonzo: Blessings Follow service, obedience", Church News, 16 April 2011