During the period immediately at or after the fulfillment of the Times of the Gentiles, there will be a great council at Adam-Ondi-Ahman. Joseph Smith identified a valley and mountains known today as Spring Hill in Davies County, Missouri as the very place. Many of us have been there. I personally found it to have a sweet spirit, but also a feeling of long and dramatic history that has played out in that area.

Three years prior to the death of Adam, the first man, he gathered his sons, and their sons into this same valley and blessed them. Jesus Christ appeared to Adam and those gathered, and blessed Adam and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel. Adam was filled with power, and prophesied all that would befall the family of man to the end of times. (D&C 107:53-56) Adam built an altar and offered sacrifices to God. A remnant of that altar remained when Joseph Smith first identified it in 1837.

Joseph Smith stood on Spring Hill in 1837, upon the stones of the altar (possibly the square natural stones in the photo below), and taught that Adam would again return to the valley and hold another great council as a prelude to the great and dreadful day of the Lord. (Mediation and Atonement, pp. 69-70)

At this grand council all of those who held dispensational keys of authority will give an account of their stewardship to Adam. Christ will then come, receive back the keys from Adam, and thus take authority upon Himself to complete all of the work of each dispensation.

This council at Adam-Ondi-Ahman is to be one of the great preparatory steps in building Zion and His coming in glory. (Daniel 7:9-14, Teachings, p. 157)

When the moment comes for this grand council to convene, only those who have keys will be present.  There will be no general announcement, no CNN coverage, no General Conference announcement, and locals will know nothing of it. It will be very quietly done, and we will not know about it until after it has occurred, and Jesus Christ or his spokesmen announce its fulfillment.

Brother John

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19 Responses to Adam-Ondi-Ahman

  1. Harlan says:

    Chronologically, the Seventh Seal opened on the morning of the Seventh Millennium–January 1, 2000–give or take a few years to allow for inaccuracies in the modern calendar. I’m no educated theologian, but I suspect that the “silence in heaven” described in Revelation 8 is right now–the calm before the storm, when all hell breaks loose…!


  2. KP says:

    Why couldn’t both be true? If everyone who has had their C&E has seen Christ and knows of His power, why could they not all be transfered to the site and have it be in a time and space that would not be known to the whole world? Why could it not happen in the middle of the night and have those who are invited be invited at the last moment, as they are sleeping? Why not have it be completely miraculous and great in it’s completion? I know we have assumed that all those who are invited would be invited by a written or some other worldly form of invitation, but the invitation could be as great as a calling upon a “high mountain” is when those who receive their C&E see great visions. Just a thought. I don’t think it has to one way or the other. Both can be true. Unless it is only a handful of people including Enoch, Adam, Noah, Joseph, Abraham, Melchesidek, and just a few others, then there have to be more, unless they are all dead at the time and in the form of spirits. Which also could be true.


    • It probably will be some “spiritual place” or “mountain top” even if it is in a physical location on earth. I fully expect that some random person could not wander upon the gathering and see what was happening. I agree that the call will probably be spiritual, or even by the appearance of a divine messenger. I agree that many people attending will be translated, or resurrected, but not all. I agree that it could have many attendees, which I am sure is true if you count unseen beings. I also think that it would be very intriguing to be there, but not a requirement of exaltation. Most of the time when Jesus has appeared to someone, it has been in a very small gathering, and to those who qualified to be there. This is even true of His appearance in Bountiful after the resurrection where the “more righteous part” of the people had been spared and were there to greet him.

      One point though, is that C&E and seeing Christ are sequential events, not the same blessing.

      Good comment,



  3. ken h says:

    If possible another response. Keeping with the eternal principle that those who are to be governed must give their consent before the person to rule can govern. We sustained the Father’s plan which put Christ as our King and Savior before the plan could be be put into force. All individuals to fill positons in the church are first presented for common consent approval before being allowed to function. Christ cannot rule and reign over us without common consent. Hence this quote from Bruce R. McConkie from Millennial Messiah about Adam-Ondi-Ahman,”And further, all the faithful members of the Church then living and all the faithful saints of all the ages past will be present.” This will allow each of us who already sustain Christ as our spiritual Ruler to become our earthly Ruler as well. Then He whose right it is to become the Lord of Lords and King of Kings can become such. Thnak you John.


    • You may be right. There is some confusion on this subject. Joseph Fielding Smith wrote in “Way to Perfection” page 291,

      “When this gathering is held, the world will not know of it; the members of the Church at large will not know of it, yet it shall be preparatory to the coming in the clouds of glory of our Savior Jesus Christ as the Prophet Joseph Smith has said. The world cannot know of it. The Saints cannot know of it-except those who officially shall be called into this council-for it shall precede the coming of Jesus Christ as a thief in the night, unbeknown to all the world.”

      I personally hold with the concept that being in the presence of Jesus Christ requires the same degree of personal righteousness no matter the context or setting, and that AOA will be very exclusive.


  4. Pearl says:

    There’s gotta be some “nobodies” at AOA, too, since my PB promises I will be there “when He and your ancient father Adam are present.” LOL.

    Maybe I shouldn’t say “LOL” but honestly, that’s how I deal with some of these mind-blowing thoughts. I have to just kick back and be amazed at it all. It can’t even sink in really…

    Carry on, brother!


  5. Erik says:

    Here is what D&C 27 says:

    13 Unto whom I have acommitted the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;

    14 And also with all those whom my Father hath given me out of the world.

    I think verse 14 means that all who have entered in to the presence of Christ will be at the meeting at Adam-ondi-Ahman.



    • Erik, I hope you’re right. It would be a lifetime experience.


      • cheyenne brashear says:

        I agree with Erik. The scriptures seem to state that all of those that have received the promise of eternal life will be there at that great council.

        Along with D&C 27:13-14, Daniel 7: 9-10 states: verse 9- I beheld till the thrones were cast down( the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of God and His Son, Jesus Christ),and the Ancient of days(Adam) did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame,and his wheels as burning fire.

        verse 10- A fiery stream issued and came forth before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him( this seems to me to be all of those millions in Earth’s history who have held keys), and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him( this seems to me to be the other hundreds of millions in Earth’s history who have also received the promise of eternal life): the judgement was set, and the books were opened(the judgement of every one present was set and their books were opened, meaning every one present has had their calling and election made sure). Brother C.


        • Well, if that’s the case, I’ll see you there. I’m not claiming to be an authority on this stuff at all. I am writing this as a tool to further expand my understanding – well mostly I’m writing it because it is the topic the Holy Spirit led me to – but also to penetrate a little deeper into the depth of what must shortly be.

          Thanks for the comment.


  6. Donald says:

    In the past I’ve always imagined this meeting to be a large sort of “general conference.” These days I tend to believe it will be a smaller “family re-union” gathering at the first family farm. I really don’t know for sure. My wife and I visited AOA a couple of summers ago…. we had a quiet and peaceful picnic one afternoon….. I was amazed by all the singing birds that were around us in the trees. I still remember our first visit (back in the 1970’s) when our children were small.

    To this day, I keep a small stone from AOA in one of the book cases in our home.

    Sometimes I wonder if I should return that stone to that sacred site.


    • I like that analogy. I believe it will be very private. One would have to be worthy to be in the presence of Christ, and have keys to some dispensation. Quite an exclusive guest list.

      I think AOA has pleanty of stones. Enjoy yours and keep looking upward.

      Brother John


  7. ken h says:

    Another note about AOA. At the conclusion of this meeting the seventh will be opened. The first of seven angels sound as recorded in D&C 88 and the sign of the coming of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens. We as church members will be told by Christ that what we see in the heavens is that great sign and the silence in heaven (lasting upwards of nearly 21 years) begins. It is truly the turning point in last days chronology.


    • Quite true. There are some other events that I want to cover first though, the building of Zion, the return of the 10 trives, gathering to Zion, 144,000 ministry, and some others before the sign is given. These events are hard to place into perfect chronological order, so help me as we go along in the discussion.

      Thanks, John


  8. wendy says:

    picky i know, but this new font is a little harder to read – could you increase the size a bit or go back to something with a little cleaner look – my old eyes would appreciate it.


    • Wendy, I’m sorry. The program just started doing that and I can’t figure out how to up the font size. On your computer you can hold down the control key and scroll the mounse wheel and the screen will zoom in. Try that while I figure out this font problems.



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