Daviess County, Missouri, United States of America
The area known as Adam-ondi-Ahmanis located in Daviess County, 70 miles northeastof Independence, Missouri. Here, three years be-fore his death, Adam called his posterity together,blessed them, and the Lord appeared unto them.
Also, “it is the place where Adam shall come to visit his people, or the Ancient of Days shall sit, asspoken of by Daniel the prophet.”
Wilford Woodruff gave an account of President Brigham Young saying that “Joseph, theProphet, told me that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri. When Adam was drivenout he went to the place we now call Adam-ondi- Ahman, Daviess County, Missouri. There he builtan altar and offered sacriﬁces.”
Orson Pratt deﬁned the words Adam-ondi- Ahman from the Adamic language as the “valley of God, where Adam dwelt.”
At the time the Saints began moving intoDaviess County the land was not yet available forsale, but individuals could lay claim to land throughpreemption rights. It allowed someone to moveonto a property, improve it, and then they wouldhave the ﬁrst claim to purchase the property fromthe government when it became available.Lyman Wight was the ﬁrst person to con-struct a home at Adam-ondi-Ahman and built aferry which became known as Wight’s ferry.
It wasnear this ferry that Joseph identiﬁed Adam-ondi- Ahman. In a conference held on June 28, 1838, astake at Adam-ondi-Ahman was organized with John Smith, the Prophet’s uncle, as the presidentof the stake, Reynolds Cahoon as ﬁrst counselorand Lyman Wight as the second counselor.
While here, the Saints laid out a city andplaced stakes for the cornerstones of a temple block which was dedicated by Brigham Young.
Persecu-tion from the Missourians forced the Saints to ﬂeeto Illinois and abandon their land. The preemptionrights did not protect them from losing their landand so they lost all claim to it.In 1944, Wilford C. Wood purchased 38acres of land at Adam-ondi-Ahman and additionalland was later puchased.
1Doctrine & Covenants 107:53.2Doctrine & Covenants 116:1.3Wilford Woodruff,
Wilford Woodruff, His Life and Labors
, comp.Matthias F. Cowley (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1916), 481.4
Journal of Discourses
, 26 vols. (London: Latter-day Saints’ Book Depot, 1854-1886), 18:343.5Robert J. Matthews, “Adam-ondi-Ahman,”
, Vol. 13,No. 1, (Fall 1972), 32.6Joseph Smith,
History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts (SaltLake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,1932-1951), 3:38.7Orson F. Whitney,
Life of Heber C. Kimball
(Salt Lake City:Kimball Family, 1888), 209.8
Encyclopedia of Mormonism
, 1-4 vols., ed. by Daniel H. Ludlow (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 1:20.
Near the location of Adam-ondi-Ahman
Photo courtesy of Alexander L. Baugh