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The Valley of Adam-Ondi-Ahman

The Valley of Adam-Ondi-Ahman

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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,”
BYU Studies 
, 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 
2 Adam-ondi-Ahman, Daviess County, Missouri, United States of America 
Adam’s Altar at Adam-ondi-Ahman
Heber C. Kimball’s Account 
After hearing of the mobbing, burning androbbing in Gallatin, Daviess Co., and the regionround about, the brethren of Caldwell went di-rectly to Adam-ondi-Ahman, which is on the westfork of Grand River. Thomas B. Marsh, David W.Patten, Brigham Young, myself, Parley P. Pratt and John Taylor amongst the number. Hyrum Smithand Sidney Rigdon, with hundreds of others of the Saints, preparing to defend themselves fromthe mob who were threatening the destruction of our people. Men, women and children were fleeing to that place for safety from every direction; theirhouses and property were burnt and they had toflee half naked, crying, and frightened nigh untodeath, to save their lives.While there we laid out a city on a high el-evated piece of land, and set the stakes for the fourcorners of a temple block, which was dedicated,Brother Brigham Young being mouth; there werefrom three to five hundred men present on the oc-casion, under arms. This elevated spot was prob-ably from two hundred and fifty to five hundredfeet above the level of Grand River, so that onecould look east, west, north or south, as far as theeye could reach; it was one of the most beautifulplaces I ever beheld.The Prophet Joseph called upon BrotherBrigham, myself and others, saying, ‘Brethren,come, go along with me, and I will show yousomething.’ He led us a short distance to a place where were the ruins of three altars built of stone,one above the other, and one standing a little back of the other, like unto the pulpits in the Kirtland Temple, representing the order of three gradesof Priesthood; ‘There,’ said Joseph, ‘is the place where Adam offered up sacrifice after he was castout of the garden.’ The altar stood at the highestpoint of the bluff. I went and examined the placeseveral times while I remained there.
 John Taylor’s Interview with Abraham O. Smoot on December 4, 1881
 John Taylor: 
Brother Smoot, did you see onthe top of a hill, in a place called Adam-ondi-Ah-man, the remains of what Joseph Smith said hadbeen an altar built by Adam, upon which he of-fered sacrifice?
Abraham Smoot: 
 Yes, sir. I first saw it in1837, and the spring of 1838, when assisting tosurvey the town called by that name.
John Taylor: 
What was the condition of thestones of which the altar had been built? 
 Abraham Smoot: 
I remember well. The stones which lay scattered around looked as though they had been torn from a wall. 
 John Taylor: 
 Yes, my remembrance is toothat the stones were scattered as you say they were,having no particular form, except in one place. You remarked that you helped to make the survey;and prior to this particular conversation, you toldme that you assisted in making an excavation. 
 Abraham Smoot: 
 Yes, sir. I helped to exca- vate around the base of the altar, some 2 to 3 feet,and from 6 to 8 feet in length, which was sufficientto thoroughly satisfy us that the foundation of the wall was still there. 
 John Taylor: 
Did you examine the wall fur-ther at any later period? 
 Abraham Smoot: 
No, sis; but we intended todo so after the war, or as some called it, the “Mor-mon War,” was over. The opportunity, however, todo so did not present itself afterwards. 
 John Taylor: 
Do you know the name of thehill where the Altar was? 
 Abraham Smoot: 
I do not recollect that. I willsay that I heard Joseph say that it was the remainsof an altar built by Adam; and that he offered sac-rifice on it, and called his family and blessed themthere. 
 John Taylor: 
 That was on the point of thehill that formed a curvature? 
 Abraham Smoot: 
Yes, sir. And that pointcommanded a beautiful view of the country.
 Adam-ondi-Ahman, Daviess County, Missouri, United States of America 3
 John Taylor’s Account 
“It was stated by the Prophet Joseph Smith,in our hearing while standing on an elevated pieceof ground or plateau near Adam-ondi-Ahman(Davis Co., Missouri,), where there were a numberof rocks piled together, that the valley before us was the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman; or in other words, the valley where God talked with Adam,and where he gathered his righteous posterity, asrecorded in the above revelation, and that this pileof stones was an altar built by him when he of-fered up sacrifices, as we understand, on that occa-sion.”
Edward Stevenson’s Account 
“I stood with Joseph Smith and others when he pointed out the sacred spot of Adam’saltar. Turning to the lovely valley below us, in alarge bend of Grand River, he said, ‘Here is thereal valley where Father Adam called his poster-ity together and blessed them.’ He also stated thatthe Garden of Eden was in Jackson County—theCenter Place of Zion where a great temple will bereared.”
1Orson F. Whitney,
Life of Heber C. Kimball 
(Salt Lake City:Kimball Family, 1888), 210.2Leland H. Gentry, “Adam-Ondi-Ahman: a Brief HistoricalSurvey,”
BYU Studies 
, Vol. 13, Number 4, (Summer 1973), 568.3 John Taylor,
 Mediation and Atonement 
(Salt Lake City: DeseretNews, 1882), 69 - 70.4Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, comps.,
They Knew the Prophet 
(Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1974), 86.
Edward Stevenson’s Accountof Joseph Smith
“I have often seen the Prophet indulge in agame of checkers. He was cheerful—often wres-tling with Sidney Rigdon. One time he had hispants torn badly, but had a good laugh over it.In Missouri, when mob forces oppressedthe Saints, we were encamped in Adam-ondi- Ahman, mostly around campfires without tents.One night the snow fell four or five inches. TheProphet, seeing our forlorn condition, called onus to form into two parties—Lyman Wight at thehead of one line and he (Joseph) heading the oth-er line—to have a sham battle. The weapons weresnowballs. We set to with a will full of glee andfun.I stood with Joseph Smith and others whenhe pointed out the sacred spot of Adam’s altar. Turning to the lovely valley below us, in a largebend of Grand River, he said, ‘Here is the real val-ley where Father Adam called his posterity togeth-er and blessed them.’He also stated that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County—the Center Place of Zion where a great temple will be reared.”
1Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, comps.,
They Knew the Prophet 
(Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1974), 86.
Description of Adam-ondi-Ahmanin the Doctrine & Covenants
Doctrine & Covenants 107 
“Three years previous to the death of  Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all highpriests, with the residue of his posterity who wererighteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman,and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.And the Lord appeared unto them, andthey rose up and blessed Adam, and called himMichael, the prince, the archangel.And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be

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