The Oakdale Christmas Pagaent has been a community event for 15 years. It is directed and spear headed by a lovely Baptist Woman and her husband, the Bradleys. This year our Senior couple and the sisters that serve in Oakdale decided it would be a good way to get involved with the community. They volunteered their services thinking they would be passing out programs or ushering. Well, Mrs Bradley recognized talent when she saw it. Our sisters sing beautifully and our Senior couple, Elder and Sister Vance have many talents. She invited them to the first rehearsal and the sisters decided to introduce themselves by singing I am a Child of God. Mrs Bradley was taken from that moment. She cast Elder And Sister Vance as Mary and Joseph, The sisters were asked to sing several numbers in the "Pre-Show" and they were narrator and shepherds. Our Baptist friends recognized the special spirit that they brought to each rehearsal and asked them to offer prayers and they always sung a hymn to start the rehearsal. Sister and Elder Vance had the opportunity to meet with the Bradleys and share what the missionaries were all doing here and a little bit about the Restoration. They admitted that it cleared up a lot of misconceptions they had always had about the church. The Oakdale Branch President, President Hazelton, and President and I were introduced at the beginning of the pageant as special guests and friends. It was a wonderful event of good will.
This is Sister Pedersen, Myer, Mrs. Bradley, Sister English and Sister Vance
This is Sister Porter, a member of the Oakdale Branch. She is blind, but you would never know it. She is so faithful and always makes us laugh.
This is the sisters, Vances, and the Worthens that serve in Opelousas, a few miles from Oakdale.
Mrs Bradley greeting one of her dear friends the night of the pageant