PowerPoint (Hall 2014, revised 2020) gives a descriptive overview of NewVistas based on the historic roots of the project.
Spreadsheet (Levie 2014) relates prescriptions in historical documents to the NewVistas design. By triangulating one prescription with the others we arrive at NewVistas.
Draft of book chapter provides an overview of early Latter-day Saint temples and communities, which are the basis for NewVistas. Hall 2015.
Draft of book chapter describes the design and construction of the LDS Kirtland temple. Hall 2015.
Paper (Belliston 2013) provides commentary on references in the writings of Joseph Smith regarding the leadership structure of Zion. The leadership structure of a NewVistas community derives from these.
Articles and Covenants of the Church (D&C 20, April 1830) describe leadership positions needed for a single congregation, namely, elder, priest, teacher, and deacon. Joseph Smith Papers.
Revelation (D&C 25, July 1830) states that Emma Smith would be ordained by her husband. Joseph Smith Papers.
Revelation (D&C 107; November 1831) describes priesthood councils and explains the need for presidents. There are councils of 96 elders, 48 priests, 24 teachers, and 12 deacons. Joseph Smith Papers.
Article (Derr and Madsen 2005) discusses Joseph Smith's views regarding the female Relief Society. It was intended to be a "school of the prophets" and an organization that should "move according to the ancient priesthood."
Article (Newell 1985) discusses the historical relationship of Mormon women and priesthood. Women have exercised priesthood rights in parallel with men at many times in the history of the church.
Article addresses the question, why do women not exercise priesthood authority in the Church?
Article discusses the role of women as prophets today and anciently. The Old and New Testaments talk of women prophets. Why are there no women prophets in the church today?
Minutes of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo (1842-1843) record proceedings of that organization. Joseph Smith Papers. The minutes state that Joseph Smith would "ordain them to preside." The Society was to act as a parallel and independent organization.
Revelation (D&C 42, February 1831) designated the "Law of the Church" establishes requirements of consecration and stewardship. Joseph Smith Papers. Provides much of the basis for the economic and organizational system of NewVistas. This revelation was revised significantly in subsequent versions.
Paper (Parkin 2007) discusses the establishment and operation of the United Firm, which was an organization established by the Church in Ohio and Missouri in the 1830s.