BELMONT, Mass. — In ticking off his credentials on the campaign trail — management consultant, businessman, governor —
omits what may have been his most distinctive post: Mormon lay leader,
offering pastoral guidance on all manner of human affairs from marriage
to divorce, abortion, adoption, addiction, unemployment and even
Bryce Clark was a recipient of Mr. Romney’s spiritual advice. Late one summer night in 1993, distraught over his descent into alcoholism and drug use, Mr. Clark, then a 19-year-old college student, decided to confess that he had strayed from his Mormon faith. So he drove through this well-heeled Boston suburb to Mr. Romney’s secluded seven-bedroom home.
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