Rabbi Shmuley Boteach noted the heavy emphasis on service within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his blog on the Huffington Post.
He said that this service, including two-year missionary service for men, one and one-half years for women, is what not only helped two Mormon candidates for president, but is helping the LDS Church surge worldwide.3 comments on this story
He said this teaches altruism and selflessness, similar to his experience as a young Chabad Rabbinical student when he spent two years in Syndey, Australia, educating the local Jewish community. The skills he learned later helped him when he ran for Congress.
His then illustrates why American youths need a year of service.
"What plagues America more than anything else is a sense of entitlement on the part of our population in which citizenship is seen as something that entails receiving without giving, obtaining government gifts without concomitant civic obligations, indulging in the blessings of America, without consecrating our lives as a blessing to our great Republic," Boteach said.