Monday, July 2, 2012

Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening)

One of our "callings" is to be in charge of the Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) for the temple missionaries and for other Senior missionaries in Madrid. The FHE is held at 3:00 pm on the first Monday of each month in the Comedor (eating area) of the hostal in our building.

Today was our first time doing that assignment. We selected the theme of Pioneers (because we celebrate Pioneer Day in July in Utah), and made decorations accordingly. President Tenney, who is the featured speaker at all of these events, spoke on the theme, "We are all pioneers."

We sent out invitations a few days in advance, an example of which is shown here:

[A point of humor at our expense: We followed an example given to us by the couple who had previously had this assignment. We found out later they hadn't used it because it contained an error, assigning some of the couples to bring "un plato" (a plate). It should have said "un plato principal." After we gave out the invitations, two of the Spanish couples said, in jest, that they were going to just bring a plate, with nothing on it! We'll know next time to use the phrase, "'un plato principal."]

Here is the centerpiece (of green and tan wheat) that we used on each of the six tables:

And here are some of the other table decorations:

From top to bottom: table number; pioneer logo placed above each person's plate; event logo on which we placed the table centerpiece. At right: The silverware setting on a brown paper table cloth.

We had fun creating the various items, although it was lots of work with no budget and no car to get around (for example, paper plates are very expensive and difficult to find).

We look forward to our Noche de Hogar next month.

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