The theme for May 2013 was "Gifts of the Spirit." We made a "gift box" centerpiece for each of the tables. The gift tag said "Buscad diligentemente los mejores dones" (Seek ye earnestly the best gifts) D&C 46:8.
We decorated the six dinner tables as shown here:
At our table, we enjoyed the company of Sister López and of Elder and Sister Riggs, new employment missionaries in Madrid:
|Left to right: Beverly, Sister Riggs, Elder Riggs, and Sister López|
There was no conference in June because the temple was closed for two weeks during that month. For July, the theme of the missionary conference was "Putting On the Full Armor of God." We made a gingerbread castle for each table. (The castles were emblematic of the many Spanish castles we have seen during our travels.) On the walls of each castle, we "painted" (in frosting) a picture of a soldier in armor. This picture which we placed on each plate explained the parts of the armor, as given in D&C 17:15-18
This is one of the castles:
And this is what each of the tables looked like after we set everything up:
It was a lot of work finding the ingredients for gingerbread here in Spain. For example, we couldn't find molasses so we made our own, from honey and brown sugar. We also had to go to a special American store to purchase powdered sugar.
We have a wonderful time making decorations for the tables and feel that the decorations add to the spirit of the missionary conferences.