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Hi I'm Rick Hammarstrom

I grew up in Hayward, CA. I served as a missionary in Tokyo. I am a high school band director, husband, father, and grandpa.

About Me

I have been a public-school music teacher in California since 1985. I currently am a high school band director. My wife and I have six children, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. I love writing music, playing sports, and going places--especially with my wife. I have a jazz combo that I perform with around our area of Central California. I also like songwriting: I write love songs, Gospel songs, and songs about life events. I have worked quite a bit as a DJ/MC for different events. I do a lot of youth dances at the church, and a lot of weddings as well. I enjoy being part of a new couple's special day.

Why I am a Mormon

As I often tell young people, since I am a grown man I don't have to be at church on Sundays. No one forces me--I go to church because I want to be there. I love fellowshipping with other church members. I love partaking of the Sacrament (some churches call it communion). I love hearing testimonies of other members, and I love to share my testimony as well. I love learning about the Savior. I love serving my fellow man. I love being reminded of the goodness of God. I love sports and music-- I could spend my Sundays with those activities, but I prefer church. It is such a blessing to go to church, to pray, to study from the scriptures, to feel God's Spirit! I feel privileged to have been raised by good parents who raised me in the church, and I am grateful that I have gained my own testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church.

How I live my faith

I have had the privilege of serving in a number of capacities as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been able to serve working with our youth for many years. i also have worked with the adults, with our missionaries, and I currently serve in our Sunday School. When I was younger, I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a full-time missionary in the beautiful country of Japan. I came to love the people there. I was in and around the Tokyo area. In our community, I have the opportunity to volunteer for many events, usually providing music. My jazz combo has performed for many local fundraising events. My school band also performs for many charitable events. I love having my students volunteer their talents to serve others. It really helps them grow as people. As a band director, it is wonderful to see young people grow. Many of them fill leadership roles in our band program, and they all have the chance to learn how to work hard, to work together, to be dependable, and to depend on others. I try to make my band room a "safe zone," where people can be free from many of the things they experience other places: foul language is not tolerated; neither is meanness, rudeness, or bullying. Positivity is encouraged. I try to balance fun and hard work.