The Thomas Jefferson Center's Restoration Generation
The Restoration Generation (RG) is a group of young adults committed to studying and teaching the Constitution from the viewpoint of the Founding Fathers and leading a movement to heal America by restoring the Constitution.
RG is the student engagement project of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Restoration (TJC). In addition to promoting the growth of the TJC, the organization promotes five specific nonprofits that teach the Constitution from the viewpoint of the Founders through the Healing of America Seminars and other events. The Restoration Generation is designed to help train the rising leadership of TJC and these five partner nonprofits.
We believe the Founders were inspired to establish the Constitution and we seek to promote original constitutional principles as the solutions to today’s greatest political problems. We use The Making of America as our primary manual for studying and interpreting the Constitution.
Members of the Restoration Generation meet weekly to discuss the Constitution and current events. Students are encouraged to use The Making of America as the foundation for their studies and to do additional research to better understand and teach about the principles and events in the book.
Youth and young adults (ages approx 18-35) who have an interest in teaching the Healing of America Seminars and related courses and are preparing to teach principles of constitutional government in the communities and around the world should formally join the Restoration Generation. More information about formal membership is included below.
We teach the Constitution from the viewpoint of the Founding Fathers and encourage communities to be informed of the true nature of rights and the proper role of government. Members of the Restoration Generation gather regularly for training on the Constitution and either attend or teach advanced courses and seminars on political and historical topics.
Members of the five Restoration Generation teams engage in a rigorous study of current events and constitutional issues. We identify the root causes of today’s greatest problems and promote solutions using the constitutional original intent of the Founding Fathers.
In order to be prepared for these more advanced discussions, we expect members of the Restoration Generation to pass off on the “basics”, demonstrating a foundational understanding of natural law political philosophy and other core principles. This basic training is provided by many organizations, such as the Rising Generation.
Restoring the Constitution
The Restoration Generation promotes the healing of America through a restoration of the Constitution. We base our confidence in this future restoration primarily upon the following prophetic statement made by Joseph Smith:
“Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction.” ~Joseph Smith
Members of the Restoration Generation believe the founding fathers were so accurate in their understanding of human nature and in the way they distributed government power that anything more or less than what they created will lead to political failure. We believe all amendments to the Constitution should improve and perpetuate their principles of successful government. Amendments that have failed to improve or perpetuate these principles should be repealed or altered using additional amendments.
The Restoration Generation meets each week to discuss current events and the Constitution. Our objective is to train our members to become battle-ready scholars on the Constitution. ***We study current events with an emphasis on five focus areas as described below. Come learn with us!
Date & Time: Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm MDT
Location: Spark Freedom Conference Room, 116 S. Center St. Rexburg, Idaho 83440
Online Access: Zoom.us meeting ID: 516-328-448
Our weekly training includes spiritual and constitutional insights, recall from our previous training, presentations, open discussion on current events and the Constitution, breakout sessions, role playing, memorizing the 28 principles and other important information, and discussion on lessons learned from personal study.
Purposes of Training
Weekly meetings are designed to 1) build testimony and confidence in God’s pattern for successful government, using the core study materials, which makes us more effective at marketing the seminars 2) develop a knowledge of the content of the materials 3) create accountability to one another for studies 4) provide an opportunity to discuss materials and practice teaching 5) create a community of “freemen” and 6) create a sense of cohesion within our own studies.
Core Study Resources
The Making of America
The Restoration Generation is committed to developing scholars on the 287 principles of the Constitution. We use the student edition of W. Cleon Skousen’s volume The Making of America as our standard for understanding and teaching the Founders’ perspective on the Constitution.
***Our Wednesday night meetings are an opportunity to discuss current events and the Constitution. Restoration Generation members will be expected to read sections of The Making of America during the week in preparation for our discussions.
While The Making of America constitutes the foundation for our understanding of the Constitution, members are encouraged to conduct additional research to better understand the principles and events discussed throughout the volume. These additional insights gained through personal study should be shared with other members of the team during the weekly meetings.
***Our Wednesday night meetings will be an opportunity to discuss current events and the Constitution. RG members will be expected to read sections of the Making of America during the week in preparation for our discussions.
The Making of America was written at the request of David O. McKay and was designed to be a standard for understanding the Constitution from the viewpoint of the Founding Fathers. David O. McKay asked Dr. Skousen to write the book that the elders of Israel would use to sustain and ultimately restore the Constitution. Ezra Taft Benson later announced that this will be the book that the elders use to save the Constitution and he subsequently gave copies to several General Authorities of the Church.
President Ronald Reagan recognized Dr. Skousen’s work as the best work on the Constitution available. Many legislators were given complimentary copies to read and study.
Members of the Restoration Generation study from these volumes each week in their efforts to become scholars on the Constitution.
The Student Manual of The Making of America is divided into the following volumes:
Volume I: The Making of the Constitution
Volume II: U.S. Constitution Articles I-III
Volume III: U.S. Constitution Articles IV-VII & Amendments
The 5,000 Year Leap
We believe the 28 principles of successful government, as articulated by W. Cleon Skousen in The 5,000 Year Leap, contain the general formula that all nations must adhere to in order to guarantee long-term political peace. RG promotes The 5,000 Year Leap in communities around the world.
Deseret News National Edition
The five Restoration Generation teams report on current events that have occurred in their areas of expertise (as time allows). We use the Deseret News National Edition as a primary resource for following and interpreting current events. However, in order to be aware of what everybody else is hearing, RG members should follow all major news sources.
Each week the five Restoration Generation research teams report on current events that have occurred in their areas of expertise. We will be using the Deseret News National Edition as our primary resource for following current events.
The Deseret News National Edition is one of the best places to follow current events and will be used in our weekly Restoration Generation discussions on Wednesdays. For digital subscribers, the National Edition is the US & World section online.
These papers are published and made available weekly in the free news kiosks at BYU-Idaho. Many Institute buildings also distribute these papers for free. A subscription to have the paper mailed to you costs $30/year.
The National Edition provides deeper insights on how current events are impacting families in six areas of emphasis:
Care for the poor
Excellence in education
Culture and financial responsibility
Read the Deseret News National Edition online here: www.deseretnews.com/world-nation.
Membership and Participation
The Restoration Generation is a group of young adults working to become scholars of the Constitution in preparation to serve as teachers and leaders in the movement to restore the Constitution and heal America. Our teams prepare young adults to teach the Healing of America Seminars and other courses on the principles of the Constitution.
Regular and deeply committed participants are expected to formally join our ranks as official members. Members prepare to teach the Healing of America Seminars through extensive personal study and by occasionally delivering presentations in our meetings.
Members are also highly encouraged to receive training through the monthly Thomas Jefferson Center Roundtable meetings.
The Healing of America Seminars
Members of the Restoration Generation study from the Healing of America Seminar Series in preparation for both domestic and international educational outreach programs.
The Healing of America Seminars are designed to instill within those who attend with a confidence in God’s preference for moral self-government, a love for and understanding of the Constitution, an understanding of the causes of our political failings, and a conviction that the United States can and will be healed, beginning with the restoration of the Constitution.