By Anita Mondragon
Years ago, my daddy and his brothers formed a quartet.  He was a tenor, and had a beautiful voice.  Folks from all over the county came to hear the group…in fact,  that is how he and my mother became acquainted!When I was older, he and I used to sing together at church.  He also played the piano and organ…never had any lessons, he played by ear, and backwards.  Instead of playing the melody with his right hand, he played it with his left, and the bass part, (the cords) he played with his right hand.  In order for it to sound correct, he had to cross his hands over each other.  It was quite a site…and sounded beautiful!

When I was about twenty-five years of age, he and I put together a medley of old hymns and sang them at church one Sunday.  Everyone loved it so much, it became a standing request.  Here are the words to that medley of songs.  Enjoy! -anita

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, since I found in Him a friend so strong and true!  I would tell you how He changed my life completely…He did something that no other friend could do. – (by: Charles F. Weigle)

Oh hallelujah!  What a Savior, who could take a poor lost sinner…take him from the miry clay and set him free; I would ever tell the story, shouting, “Glory!  Glory! Glory!  Hallelujah!  Jesus ransomed me!” – (by: Julia Harriet Johnson)

“And that’s why Jesus is the sweetest name I know…and He’s just the same, as His lovely name; and that’s the reason why I love Him so!  Oh…Jesus is the sweetest name I know.” – (by: Lela B. Long)

“Oh precious name…Oh how sweet!  Hope of earth, and joy of Heaven…precious name!  Oh how sweet…hope of earth and joy of Heaven!”- (by: Lydia Baxter)


Because of my daddy’s teaching, and songs like the above, I found Jesus and made Him my Savior.  My daddy died in the month of May.  He passed on to be with the Lord.  I love you and miss you dad…more than words can say, but because of you and your life…I’m sure we will meet again in Heaven! -your daughter, anita

Anita Mondragon


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