Nearly 80 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, lies the valley of Adam ondi Ahman. Here, we believe, Adam called his posterity together three years before his death to bless them. At an unknown future date we also believe Christ will gather in this same valley with the righteous before His official Millennial reign.
Last week we had the very wonderful experience of being able to visit this valley. Our good friends Lloyd and Donise Price are serving a mission there and they very graciously allowed us, and our two youngest daughters, to spend two memorable nights with them.
This was actually my third trip to the valley and each time I am impressed with the sacredness of it. Noisy children and loud adults all seem to instantly fall silent as they gaze at the valley below them. This time was particularly touching for us, as we not only were able to view the valley, but also take a truck through the back woods over much of the land owned by the church there. At each place Elder Price taught us about the events that transpired there and future events yet to come. Here Wes, Elder Price and my daughters are standing at "Preacher's Rock", where Joseph Smith himself stood and taught the saints many years ago.
One of my favorite views was of Spring Hill. Spring Hill is the highest point in the area and where is believed to be a dedicated temple site. When we arrived the sun was just beginning to set over the hill. It was a beautiful sight to see.
Looking down from the top of Spring Hill you can see the long road that traverses the property lined by white fence posts. Each of these posts were lovingly painted recently by the missionaries.