Doctrine and Covenants 116: Adam-ondi-Ahman

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 132–133


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The Old Testament prophet Daniel prophesied that in the last days Adam would preside over a sacred meeting at which the Savior would appear in preparation for His Second Coming (Daniel 7:9–14).Doctrine and Covenants 27explains who will be present at that meeting. InDoctrine and Covenants 116we learn where that meeting will take place.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 116

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Doctrine and Covenants 116:1—What Does “Adam-ondi-Ahman” Mean?

Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained: “Ahmanis one of the names by which God was known to Adam.Adam-ondi-Ahman,a name carried over from the pure Adamic language into English, is one for which we have not been given a revealed, literal translation. As near as we can judge—and this view comes down from the early brethren who associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was the first one to use the name in this dispensation—Adam-ondi-Ahman means the place or land of God where Adam dwelt” (Mormon Doctrine,19–20).

Doctrine and Covenants 116:1—“Adam Shall Come to Visit His People”

Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “This gathering of the children of Adam, where the thousands, and the tens of thousands are assembled in the judgment, will be one of the greatest events this troubled earth has ever n. At this conference, or council, all who have held keys of dispensations will render a report of their stewardship. Adam will do likewise, and then he will [surrender] to Christ all authority. Then Adam will be confirmed in his calling as the prince over his posterity and will be officially installed and crowned eternally in this presiding calling. Then Christ will be received as King of kings, and Lord of lords. We do not know how long a time this gathering will be in session, or how many sessions may be held at this grand council. It is sufficient to know that it is a gathering of the Priesthood of God from the beginning of this earth down to the present, in which reports will be made and all who have been given dispensations (talents) will declare their keys and ministry and make report of their stewardship according to the parable. Judgment will be rendered unto them for this is a gathering of the righteous, those who have held and who hold keys of authority in the Kingdom of God upon this earth. It is not to be the judgment of the wicked. When all things are prepared and every key and power set in order with a full and perfect report of each man’s stewardship, then Christ will receive these reports and be installed as rightful Ruler of this earth. At this grand council he will take his place by the united voice of the thousands who by right of Priesthood are there assembled. This will precede the great day of destruction of the wicked and will be the preparation for the Millennial Reign” (The Progress of Man,3rd ed. [1944], 481–82; also Bruce R. McConkie,The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man[1982], pp. 578–88).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 116.

Activity A iconWrite an Account

From your reading ofDoctrine and Covenants 27and 116, write an account of what might be n and heard at the meeting at Adam-ondi-Ahman. Use the footnotes and the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for help if needed ( also photo 10 in the appendix of the triple combination).