Preparing to Join the Restoration Generation
Co-Founder and Director | Restoration Generation
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We believe in the future restoration of the Constitution and healing of America. We also believe this movement will be accomplished by those willing to follow the pattern of the Founders’ in committing their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to the cause. Restoration Generation members are committed to participating in this movement.
Joining the Restoration Generation is a major commitment, and the information on this page will 1) help you decide whether you are up to the challenge and 2) provide a guide for your preparations to join us.
This page includes a checklist of steps on how to prepare. Each of these items is expounded upon in the table below.
*Because of the amount of information covered on this page, it is best viewed on laptops and other large screens.*
Our Mission and Vision
Our objective is to restore the Constitution and heal America by making the Founding Fathers’ success formula popular again.
The Constitution must be healed through amendments that 1) improve and perpetuate the original principles of the Constitution and 2) repeal amendments that have destroyed the separation of powers and checks and balances.
The Healing of America
Several prominent Christian leaders have professed to have dreams or visions showing a future healing of America. For example, Charles D. Evans’ dream of the future describes a movement to restore the Constitution which will begin in the western states.
Former Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson described how a movement committed to the healing of America may someday succeed by using the “rifle approach.” He said:
- We must make long lists of the greatest problems facing America today, perhaps a list of the top 100 problems.
- Then we need to categorize the problems, grouping them based on similarities.
- Then we must evaluate entire categories of problems, asking ourselves, “What happened to the Constitution to allow these types of problems to exist?” It may be that the principles of successful government were violated either by changing or ignoring constitutional standards.
- Prioritize the resulting list of constitutional violations to determine which clauses must be restored first, resulting in the greatest impact per ounce of energy.
- Develop a comprehensive plan to restore the political process itself, thus categorically eliminating the problems at their roots.
Sec. Benson further said the “shotgun approach” will 1) waste our resources, 2) exhaust our energy, and 3) discourage the people. He listed the four things 3-5% of America must be doing to justify heaven’s intervention on our behalf:
- We must both as individuals and as a nation, look to God as our maker and as the source of our freedoms and blessings.
- We must make the creation of quality family life a high priority in our lives.
- We must become informed and knowledgeable citizens.
- We must become actively involved in supporting good, wise and honest people for public office and assume an active part in improving our communities.
We use the Healing of America Seminars to promote loyalty to the Founding Fathers’ original political success formula. Members of the Restoration Generation teach classes and cottage meetings in the community to create demand for the seminars. After becoming certified by the Thomas Jefferson Center, you can become a facilitator for the Healing of America Seminars.
Thomas Jefferson Center and Restoration Generation Leadership
Senior Director | Restoration Generation
Assistant Director | Restoration Generation
Glenn J. Kimber
President | Thomas Jefferson Center
Grouse Creek, Utah
Thomas Jefferson Center vs. the Five Nonprofits
Dr. Kimber has five nonprofits which teach the first 3 Healing of America Seminars and provide general education on the Constitution:
1. Columbus Center for International Outreach
2. John Wesley Center for Constitutional Studies
3. Benjamin Franklin Center for Constitutional Studies
4. George Washington Center for the Healing of America
5. Lord Nelson Center for Constitutional Studies
These nonprofits teach using almost entirely identical materials but have different messaging and outreach efforts based on different target audiences. These nonprofits are legally restricted from promoting legislation or endorsing candidates.
As a corporation, the Thomas Jefferson Center is allowed to promote legislation and endorse candidates, making it uniquely able to teach Healing of America Seminar 4 on specifically how to restore the Constitution.
Restoration Generation Overview
The Restoration Generation (RG) is the student engagement project of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Restoration, an incorporated organization dedicated to the restoration of the Constitution.
The Restoration Generation 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 Restoration Generation 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 groups like 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.
Although the Restoration Generation and the five nonprofits we engage in welcome multi-denominational membership, we recognize and admire the expertise and consistent loyalty to the Constitution among the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our organizations strive to align our core beliefs with the united voice of the leadership of the Church.
As a member of the Restoration Generation, you will invest a lot of time studying and internalizing the following key resources:
- The 5,000 Year Leap
- The Majesty of God’s Law
- The Making of America
- The Healing of America Seminars
When you understand and internalize the principles in these resources you will be prepared to promote the healing of America throughout your community. Your vote will become the equivalent of 100 votes because of how your influence will spread.
Other essential resources include:
- Influence of Religion in America
- America Quo Vadis?
- America in History and Prophecy
- The Middle East in History and Prophecy
- The Real Thomas Jefferson
- The Real George Washington
- The Real Benjamin Franklin
- Tax-Exempt Foundations
Voter and Candidate Certifications
The Thomas Jefferson Center is offering certifications for those determined to master the principles and substance of the U.S. Constitution and the message of how we must heal America. We use exams and interviews to certify voters, candidates, and seminar facilitators who have demonstrated mastery of the content of our various courses and materials.
The Thomas Jefferson Center is preparing to offer the following six certifications for voters and candidates:
• Principled Voter Certification
• Constitutional Voter Certification
• Informed Voter Certification
• Restoration Advocacy Certification
• Liberty Activism Certification
• Constitutional Candidate Certification
Certifications are granted one-by-one upon completion of the six certification exams and an interview with a member of the Thomas Jefferson Center certification board.
Obtaining the Principled Voter Certification is a prerequisite to joining the Restoration Generation.
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. Come learn with us!
Date & Time: Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm MDT (Restoration Generation Activist meetings are Thursdays at 7pm)
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 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.
Key Positions of the Thomas Jefferson Center
This list incorporates the most essential beliefs of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Restoration. These 20 Key Beliefs are what differentiate the Thomas Jefferson Center from most other political organizations.
We believe that…
- There is a God who created us and has provided mankind with a moral code for right living, and that we will be held accountable by Him for our decisions in our next life.
- All legitimate human laws must be based on God’s system of divine law, or natural law.
- Our inalienable rights come from God and are identified in scripture as anything necessary and proper for us to do to keep all of His commandments.
- The only moral role of government is to protect our legitimate, inalienable rights.
- God’s hand was in the building of America.
- America has been set apart as a land designated for the establishment of liberty.
- The Founding Fathers were good, wise, and honest men who were raised up for the very purpose of designing the first free government in modern times.
- As the principles of self-government are God’s preferred pattern for government, the Founding Fathers were inspired in their design of the Constitution.
- Anything more or less than our original constitutional formula leads to the dangerous extremes of too much or not enough government.
- The Constitution is still relevant today because it is based on human nature which does not change.
- We are absolutely committed to the Founders’ formula for successful government.
- While the institutions of church and state should remain separate, the moral influence of religion should permeate American society and politics.
- All men and women should be equally protected in their inalienable rights, regardless of sex, race, religion, or any other differentiation.
- The Constitution has been changed in significant and dangerous ways.
- The attacks on the Constitution, the education system, the family unit, and the moral and cultural fiber of America have been intentional and carefully planned.
- The Constitution will be restored.
- As the Constitution was destroyed by amendments, it must be healed by amendments.
- The Constitution can be restored quickly by focusing on the root causes of today’s greatest problems.
- America can be healed by restoring the family unit, education, and community and international relationships.
- We can again merit God’s intervention to help us accomplish the healing of America.
Core Beliefs and Key Positions
Our primary focus is on promoting and teaching the Healing of America Seminars. However, those in the Restoration Generation need to become certified in order to represent the Thomas Jefferson Center in teaching a formal seminar. The Restoration Generation works hard to help each member become certified to teach in the community.
In the meantime, members of the Restoration Generation are invited to practice teaching seminars and other special topic classes based on the many manuals and books listed in Key Resources. These smaller classes taught at schools, in firesides, and in the community are excellent ways to build demand for the Healing of America Seminars and for members to gain practice teaching.
Ongoing Personal Studies
“Seek first to obtain my word, then shall your tongue be loosed.”
In order to catch up and keep up, intense personal study is necessary. Dr. Kimber recommends the following daily personal study outline:
- Scriptures for 30+ min/day
- Making of America for 30+ min/day
- News & Current Events for 30+ min/day (starting with the Deseret News)
- Liberty personal study of your choice 30+ min/day (consider Additional Resources)
Take notes using cursive and in color to retain the information much better. Fill-in-the-blank manuals boost retention 8x.
The rg and Thomas Jefferson Center
Dr. Kimber says that God’s Battalion needs to have the following three attributes:
Cleanliness, meekness, humility
Observant and aware, very in tune with the spirit
Quick to act on promptings and to serve those around us
Every one of our liberty heroes, such as Joan of Arc, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, etc., strove for excellent virtue and morals. They hated profanity and were renowned for their superb characters. We must follow this same pattern. A significant portion of the trust that other nations place in us comes from our modesty and clean language. They pay very close attention to us as we travel. We need to set a very high bar and be phenomenal examples.
Daily repentance must be a top priority.
We revere the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ as Latter-day Saints as inspired. There is simply no room in the Restoration Generation for gossip, criticism, and a general failure to respect and sustain them.
Fee and Expenses
Since the Restoration Generation is not a nonprofit, our organization is incapable of receiving tax-deductible donations. To help cover our operational expenses and other funding needs, membership in the Restoration Generation costs $30/month.
Here are some examples of the expenses that membership fees help cover:
- Building rent
- Website hosting and plugin costs
- Pro Zoom account
- Printing seminar manuals
- Other educational inventory
- Marketing fliers and banners
- Podcasting equipment and softwares
- Email and texting services
- Misc Event planning costs
- Food and operational expenses for Roundtable meetings
Restoration Generation Membership benefits include:
- Access to live and recorded Restoration Generation training (previously $10/mo)
- The full Student Edition set of The Making of America (usually $75)
- Access to the Thomas Jefferson Center Roundtable meetings (usually $100/mo)
- Access to recorded Healing of America Seminars (approx. $200 total)
- All Healing of America Seminar Manuals (approx. $100)
- Access to Legacy Library (usually $30/mo)
- 50% discounted application for TJC voter and candidate certifications ($200+ off)
- Priority consideration in domestic Freedom Missionary outreach programs
- Priority consideration in international outreach programs
- Discounted of free access to Thomas Jefferson Center events
- Occasional free manuals and other materials
- Access to TJC webinars
Monthly Roundtable Meetings
The core leadership in the Thomas Jefferson Center and Restoration Generation members are invited to participate in the monthly Thomas Jefferson Center Roundtable meetings. These are paid admission training events. The fees cover the materials offered, the meals provided, rent for the building, and Dr. Kimber’s training. For most attendees, the recommended payments are $100/month. Many contribute much more, but Dr. Kimber also understands if the full $100/month simply isn’t possible yet, lower contributions can be made for now. Formal members of the Restoration Generation are invited to attend using the RG membership fee.
Note: As a rule, Dr. Kimber suggests paying higher fast offerings to qualify for greater income. It may be necessary to get a second job to pay for your training in the Constitution. If that is what’s necessary for you to have the financial resources you need, you’re in good company. Virtually everyone involved, including Dr. Kimber, has multiple sources of income.
The founding fathers pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. If you plan to be a “founding father of the restoration,” be prepared to give of your time, talents, and treasures. If you plan to make this a life-long pursuit, this is not a standard career—so don’t have normal expectations. Focus on what you can contribute to the cause, not just on what you’re going to get. Become accustomed to finding a need and filling that need. That’s the only way we’re going to be successful.
It’s obvious that we must have income in order to dedicate time to the cause. For most, working in the liberty movement will not be a full-time job. For those who are able to make a career out of it, it will come through some intense and rewarding entrepreneurial work. Dr. Kimber doesn’t have several salaried jobs ready to pass out like candy, but he does have fantastic experience and wisdom and knows exactly what we must do to turn these projects into careers. The better and faster we follow his advice, the sooner we can make a living doing this.
Frankly, many talented individuals are standing on the sidelines waiting for the entrepreneurs in the movement to create full-time jobs for them. In some future day we may call on these individuals to teach or be involved in some other way, but the first many positions will be filled by those who are already on the front lines, working on this project diligently and consistently. Members of the Restoration Generation are those who have chosen to be on the front lines.