“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3.)
On May 19, 1838, Joseph Smith received a revelation at Spring Hill, Daviess County, Missouri, wherein the Lord named Spring Hill Adam-ondi-Ahman. (D&C 116.) According to the teachings of the early Brethren of the Church, this is the place where Eden was. In a hymn written by William W. Phelps we find the words, “In Adam-ondi-Ahman, Zion rose where Eden was.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine [Bookcraft, 1966], p. 20.)
In this setting at Spring Hill we try to capture some of the feeling that may have existed at that wondrous time, the beginning of the world and the creation of man as described in Genesis of the Old Testament and in Moses in the Pearl of Great Price. These photographs, though taken at Adam-ondi-Ahman, do not pretend to portray actual scenes but have captured the feeling of the scripture as the Old Testament begins.