“Noche Latina” Celebrates Family, Culture and Fun

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Latin culture was highlighted with the fifth “Noche Latina” held recently at the Brampton Ontario Stake Centre of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The well-known celebration was a great success as families and friends crowded the venue.

The event united Church members with their Spanish-speaking neighbours from around the area. Latin American flavour was on display with a lively Mariachi band, Mexico Amigo, known for traditional music celebrating rich Latin life. Each culture exhibited its best costumes, flag, decorations and hospitality while serving delicious samples of typical food.

Ruby Sahota, member of Parliament (Brampton North), attended as an honoured guest. MP Sahota presented Bishop Edouard Limon with an official letter recognizing the event. She commented, “Today is an occasion for us to not only celebrate but to appreciate the contributions made by our Spanish-speaking community. This event, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, brings us together, as we love to be with family and friends.”

Angela Johnson, president of Carabram, which sponsors a well-established multicultural festival in Brampton, and board member Adriana Galvan enjoyed the evening. The program featured families performing different talents, including playing guitar, country-specific dancing and singing. One of the highlights was announcer Miguel Martinez, who kept the audience happy by conducting the auction of a cake, driving the price up to $160. The proceeds were used to sponsor young women at their camp next summer.

A cameo appearance by Bishop Limon, who sang and performed a comedy skit with his daughters Emilia, Julia and Leah, drew cheers from the audience. Their performance emphasized the celebration’s focus — family togetherness. During his remarks, Bishop Limon reminded the audience “families can be forever.”

President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught, “What matters most is what lasts longest. … Our families are for eternity” (“What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest,” Oct. 2005 general conference).

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