The term was introduced into Latter-day Saint vocabulary by a revelation that stated that God had “established the foundations of Adam-ondi-Ahman” [Doctrine and Covenants 78:15-16]. A revelation of ca. April 1835 explicitly applied the term to a place, “the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman,” where Adam gave his posterity his “last blessing” [D&C 107:53]. Joseph Smith’s journal indicated that a site in Daviess County, Missouri, which was selected on 19 May 1838 for a settlement of the Saints, was “after wards named by the mouth of [the] Lord and was called Adam Ondi Awmen, because said he it is the place where Adam shall come to visit his people, or the Ancient of days shall sit as spoken of by Daniel the Prophet” [Journal, 19 May 1838].
Retrieved with permission from The Joseph Smith Papers.