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Hi I'm Lica

I grew up in Greece. I learned 5 languages, played the violin, and practiced dentistry in Greece, and in the USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Athens, Greece. Studied 5 languages, played the violin, and practiced dentistry in Greece, and in the U.S.A. in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Washington DC where I was also teaching at the Dental School of Georgetown University. I am the mother of 2 daughters, who have given me 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Since I retired from dentistry I devote most of my time in family history. I was able to travel to Greece often and do family research in many towns of that country. Now in my old age I love to share with others my experiences and methods of doing successful family history research. I have authored and published books about this subject, and maintain an instructional website about research in Greece. I love to do this - to help others find their ancestors free of charge. It keeps me very busy, happy and healthy!

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was a child I wondered why are so many Christian churches, and why do they disagree and fight one another. I felt that there must be only one true church of Jesus Christ, and I was determined to find it. I always felt sorry about the contemporary of Jesus Christ Jewish people who could not recognize that He was the Christ. Then I feared that something similar might happened to me. I wondered: what if there was something sent from God at my time and I did not recognize it? This made me investigate many Christian Churches, and even learned a little about non Christian religions. Yet when I first heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) I was negative. Until I was asked to pray about it. When I prayed I felt great peace in my heart and love for those around me. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true Church of Jesus Christ on earth. This Church helps me to try to apply in my life the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It helped me understand the purpose of life, the great plan of God - our Heavenly Father - for us, the role of His Son Jesus Christ in this plan, the significance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and so many more important truths. It also helps me see how much the Lord loves each one of us. This brings peace and comfort in my heart, and gives me courage to go on when I am faced with difficulties. I have peace in my heart.

How I live my faith

Since I became a member I had the opportunity to serve in many callings. One that I enjoyed very much is being a Gospel Doctrine Class teacher during Sunday School. My curent calling is serving as Ward Family History Consultant, which gives me great joy by being able to help members of my ward to learn how to search for information about their ancestors. It is especially enjoyable when the youth is involved. It is amazing how quickly they can learn to use the Internet for searching their ancestors. Being a visiting teacher also brings to me great joy because it helps me to get to know and love sisters of the Church who I visit and those who visit me. There is a bond also with my companion. For an old woman like me, it is very important to have friends and to know that others care for me, and are always there for me when I need something. My visiting teachers and my home teachers always bring a beautiful spirit in my home. Many times I received wise counsel from local leaders of the Church. Following the advise of the President of the Church - the Prophet of the Lord - and of other leaders, has been proven to be a great help in my effort to apply the teachings of the gospel in my life, and to become a better person. My testimony of the truthfulness or the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ keeps growing. Once in a while I am asked to give a talk about my story of conversion, or to share experiences about doing family history research in Greece. I am grateful to be a member of this Church.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Lica
The services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are worship services with hymns, with partaking of the Sacrament, talks, and announcements. Visitors are wellcome to attend our Sacrament Meeting, also the Sunday School which follows the Sacrament Meeting, and other meetings that follow Sunday School. Show more Show less