Michelle and John Amos are both converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both are graduates of Southern University, a historic Black college. And both are high-powered engineers.
Michelle worked for NASA for 30 years, including as part of the team that developed the Mars 2020 rover. Her husband, John, after a 21-year career with the Navy and Navy Reserve, became an engineering director at the global company Siemens Energy.
Now the Amoses are overseeing more than 200 young Latter-day Saints as they lead the church’s Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission.
During this last week of Black History Month, the couple talk about their conversion (she was Baptist; he was Catholic) their careers (including last week’s thrilling Mars landing of the Perseverance rover) their mission (and the challenges of guiding young Latter-day Saints during a pandemic) and their perspectives about racial issues in their faith (especially since they grew up in the South).