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Hi I'm Dan Hoover

I am a child psychologist who specializes in work with children on the autism spectrum and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend a lot of time at work but my work is almost like a hobby for me. I love helping children and families with a variety of problems. Right now I am also serving as the Bishop of my LDS ward, which gives me many non-work opportunities to help people. I've been married to my sweetheart for 29 years and I have 28 year old daughter who teaches kids with special needs. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, running and lifting weights, reading, writing, teaching, rock climbing, basketball (playing and watching), and generally being active and learning new things. And yes, I admit, I like country music and watching "America's Funniest Home Videos" on TV.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was around 2 years old, two sister missionaries from the church knocked on my family's door. They had been sent by a friend of my grandfather's. My mother was interested, listened to the missionaries' message, and immediately knew it was the truth. She was baptized within two weeks of first learning about the church, and has been rock-steady in her faith ever since. She is a great inspiration to me. I have had a personal witness of the truthfulness of this gospel and church since a young age. The Spirit has witnessed to me many times that God answers prayers, the Book of Mormon and Bible are true, that we can be forever families by being sealed in a holy temple. This knowledge comes by pure revelation from God and I could not deny it, even if I wanted to. My faith grows all the time because I talk to my Heavenly Father in prayer, He answers me, I try to do what He wants me to, repent when I get off track, and then His spirit confirms the truth of the whole thing. I have much to be thankful for and know that I am a happier person because of the sure witness of the truth that I have burning in my heart. I don't know where I would be if I didn't have the restored gospel. My lovely wife is a great testimony to me also. She suffers with Lupus and other chronic illnesses, but her faith has only grown in trials and pain.

How I live my faith

I re-commit everyday to do what the Savior wants me to do and to be happy and peaceful. I think the most important things in life are to love God and love others. I pray for charity and then go out and try to serve others in my work, my personal relationships and at church. I fall short much of the time, but feel that I am where I am supposed to be, doing what the Lord would have me do. There is no greater joy in life.