Adam-ondi-Ahman means "the place where Adam dwelt." Through revelation, Joseph Smith learned that an area in Northwestern Missouri near Gallatin, was the place where Adam lived after he was cast out of the Garden of Eden.
Robert J. Matthews, the dean of religious education at Brigham Young University had this to say about Adam-ondi-Ahman:
- Adam-ondi-Ahman seems to have had reference at an early date to a general area rather than to a specific spot. If the Prophet Joseph Smith knew at that time (March 1832) of a specific location in Missouri to which the name also applied, he left us no written evidence of it. A second reference came some thirty-six months later, on 28 March 1835: the "valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman" is specified in a revelation to the Prophet as the place where Adam met with his posterity.
The revelations received by Joseph Smith about Adam-ondi-Ahman can now be found in the Doctrine and Covenants. From one of these revelations we learn that “three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing” (D