ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - In a week in which Mitt Romney is expected to highlight his personal side - including, perhaps, his Mormon faith - Harold Stuart, an organist and alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, accompanied California members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at a service this morning at their beachfront hotel.
Of the state's more than 700 delegates, alternates and guests selected by the campaign to attend the Republican National Convention, more than 100 are Mormon, organizers said.
About 60 of them filled a small ballroom at the TradeWinds Island Grand. Mark Clayson, of Gardena, told the congregants it is a week to "serve well and strengthen this nation, and be able to let our light shine."
He said he is hopeful for a convention that presents Romney in a more personal light than the campaign has managed in recent months.
"To get a sense of who he is," Clayson said, "I think we need to see a little bit of that."
The service ended, Stuart finished on the keyboard and a delegate came over to tell him he sounded good.
"I do better if I've got two keyboards and a pedal board," he said, "But that's OK."
The right balance for Romney, Stuart said, will be to discuss the values that inform his decisions while not overemphasizing his particular religion.
After all, Stuart said, "He's going to be the president of every person in this country."