SALT LAKE CITY — Ron Gerber had served for 30 years as an area sports director for the LDS Church, until his release in October as Utah Area sports director.The December newsletter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Utah Salt Lake Area sports committee contains a tribute to Gerber. It includes his answer to the question: What has been the most gratifying thing about your service in area sports?\"The constant flow of testimonies reflecting how lives have been positively influenced through participation in the program. We have found that it's easier to invite friends and less-active members into the cultural hall than directly into the chapel. Once we get people in our buildings and they feel the Spirit there, many become more accepting of the gospel teachings.'Gerber's first calling with the Mormon sports program was as a member of the Taylorsville Stake sports committee in 1958.The new Utah Area sports director is Harold Turley.More about the church sports program is available in the December newsletter of Utah Salt Lake City Area sports committee.The Salt Lake area sports calendar also is available online.NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE:November 2009October 2009September 2009August 2009July 2009June 2009May 2009April 2009March 2009February 2009January 2009December 2008November 2008October 2008September 2008April 2008March 2008