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Adam now knew that his time on the earth was very short. I knew it was true, for as he was failing in health, so was I.
"I would like to give my children my last blessing before I return to the dust," Adam said to me.
"Adam, there is sorrow on your face. When the Lord stood before us in the garden and he told you that you would return to the dust, I thought that no more horrible thing could happen. But now my life is becoming painful and I also know that I will see the Lord. Why are you so sorrowful?"
"I am not afraid to die, Eve. As you say, life is becoming painful. I have difficulty sleeping and walking. And every particle of my body protests each day. I will welcome death. But I worry about my children. Many things will come to pass. Many will suffer. I wish I could stay a little longer and teach them."
"You have spent your whole life teaching them. It is time for us to go. We will have to leave it in God's hands," I reached for Adam's hand. "Call your children together to hear you."
"I will. I will give one more sacrifice and give my blessing to my children."
Adam sent messages to his sons, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah. These were the high priests and leaders of the people of God. They came to him.
"My sons, the people must be called together. All my righteous children must be called together. I do not have much time left to be with you. I want to give you my last blessing before I die."
All his sons bowed their heads. Not one of them protested that surely he would live many more years.
Seth spoke for them all. "Father, we would be honored to do this for you. Where would you like the gathering to be?"
"I would like it to be in the valley which I named Adam-ondi-Ahman. You know the one I mean. It is beautiful there, almost like the garden." There was a wistful and longing note in Adam's voice. "I also wish to give the sacrifice there one last time."
"It shall be just as you wish, Father. It will be tomorrow. The people will leave at dawn to be there." Seth kissed his father and then me. Each son in turn did the same and left to carry out their father's wishes.
Dawn of the next day came. Adam and I both felt amazingly rested. We drank some water and groomed ourselves for the day. Seth and Enoch soon arrived with a few of the people to carry us in a litter to the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman. Adam wanted to walk, but I convinced him that he must conserve his strength to speak to the people.
In the litter I looked at Adam. He was a proud and humble man all at the same time. He did not want to be old. He wanted to walk like a young man. "Today will go well, Adam. Remember that I love you. I have always loved you, from the moment I saw you lying there asleep."
He looked back at me. "And I have always loved you, Eve, from the moment I saw that look on your face!"
"That look as if you had never seen anything like me before."
"Well, I hadn't. You were so handsome!" We both laughed then, and rode quietly the rest of the way to the valley.
The people were gathering. There was a subdued, yet excited quality to the gathering. Our litter had been set down a little way from the altar and we rested and waited for Seth to let us know when all the people were there.
The people were gathered. Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah were sitting at the head of the congregation. Seth came to Adam to escort him to a place with them.
Enos came to escort me, "Mother, you will sit next to Father today. It is only fitting."
I turned my face to look up into Enos' eyes. "How did you know that I could not bear to be separated from him today?"
"I know that you two have been through so much together. Your hearts and spirits are so close together that one cannot live without the other."
"You see Adam's death, don't you?" I whispered to Enos. "Then you see mine as well."
Enos nodded solemnly and respectfully. He then slowly escorted me and helped me sit at Adam's side.
I glanced over at Adam, then I slowly lifted my eyes up to look at the whole congregation of people. My heart beat strongly, and warmth and love filled me as I looked out on their faces. Many were only a blur to my eyes, but I could feel their respect and goodwill coming to us. I looked at the men sitting on either side of me, my husband, sons, and their sons. I looked at the altar. The perfect lamb was already lying there, on top of the dry wood.
The perfect lamb, it's death symbolized the death of the perfect Savior, the Only Begotten, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. All these were names for one person. All these were names for the Son of God, who would be God in the flesh. Adam would set the fire to the perfect lamb.
Adam rose with difficulty. He accepted help from Enoch to rise to his feet and step forward to the altar. Enoch returned to his place.
"My children," Adam began. His voice was amazingly strong, God must be magnifying it. "Soon I must return to the dust. The Lord created me and put me in a beautiful garden, called Eden. Then he created Eve, to keep me company and give me someone to care for and love. Your mother and I wished to be like our Lord and we ate the fruit which the Lord had forbidden us to eat. In God's mercy he banished us from the garden, to prevent us from eating of the tree of life while we were still in our sins. But he loved us so much that he made coats for us and taught us how to live."
"With our new life we had many struggles. And we were blessed with many children. Had we remained in the garden we would not have known the joys and sorrows of having sons and daughters. God commanded Eve and myself to teach our children of him. We have taught them to have faith in God, to repent of their sins, and to be baptized in water and with the Holy Spirit. These things are the things which allow us to enter back into the presence of God."
"I rejoice in you, our righteous children. I rejoice that you will see God in the flesh."
"I wish to give you my final blessing. May you always remember the Lord. May you always keep his commandments. May you always love each other. May you always teach your children what is good. May we be together again, someday, in the presence of God."
"Our Father, I present these children to you. My life has not been wholly useless, for I take great joy in these children. May you always be with them and may they always worship you."
"I now sacrifice this perfect lamb, as a symbol of your Only Begotten Son. May the day of his coming be soon, that the righteousness of the Lord may be seen by all the world. I ask these things in the name of your Only Begotten, Jesus Christ."
Mahalaleel carried a container of coals to Adam. Adam took it and emptied it upon the wood of the altar. Then he stepped back in anticipation of the flames.
The wood began to catch fire. The sameness of the sacrifice was soothing and right. The flames began to ascend to the heavens. A slow shimmering light began to sparkle above the flames. It swirled elegantly and I watched as if mesmerized. A gentle hush had descended upon the congregation. There were no stirrings of the people, it was as if they held their breaths. Out of the swirling light a form appeared.
"Lord!" I struggled to my feet. At last I was looking at the face I so loved and had not seen for years and years. Tears ran down my face and my breathing came in small gasps. "Lord!" It was only a whisper, but he heard me. He looked at me and smiled. My hands were clasped tightly together in longing.
"It won't be long," his eyes conveyed to me.
"I will come gladly." I whispered.
The whole congregation had risen to its feet and looked at the face of the Lord. I saw Adam, the look on his face conveyed the same longing as I felt. The Lord was facing Adam now and their eyes were locked together. Adam stood, bowed with his great years upon the earth. He looked frail and vulnerable,
Then the Lord spoke to Adam and to the entire congregation, "Adam, I have set you to be at the head. A multitude of nations shall come from you. You are a prince over them forever. You shall be called Michael, the Prince, the Archangel. You have been faithful and obedient. I have forgiven all your sins. You will dwell in the Kingdom of God for all eternity."
The Lord addressed the congregation. "Behold, your faithful father, Adam. You shall know him as Michael, the Archangel."
"Michael, Michael," they chanted. "Blessed is Michael, who is Adam, and has taught us all the ways of God."
"Prophesy, Adam," the Lord commanded.
Adam straightened himself the best he could and raised his voice. "There shall be many more generations upon the earth. There will be much darkness and violence. The Only Begotten will die upon a cross by the hands of wicked men. He will do this as a payment for the sins of all who will turn to him. Always there will be a few who will hear him and respond with righteousness. In the end of time, when the world is filled with evil and violence, the earth will shake and the heavens will tremble. But the righteous will look up with joy. For the Only Begotten will be returning to them. I rejoice that the plan of redemption which God has given us cannot be destroyed by evil men. The plans of God cannot be frustrated. God has created the earth and the heavens, and all are in the palms of his hands. I rejoice in the goodness and majesty of God. And I will die with his praises on my lips."
Adam turned once more to the Lord, who hovered over the altar as the flames still burned. He slowly sank to his knees, bowing his head, to honor the Lord. I sank down as well, and I heard the congregation as they did likewise.
"Blessed are all who hear my voice. Blessed are all those who believe in me." I looked up quickly. There were his eyes again, smiling. Then he was gone.
"I love you, Lord," I whispered on the breeze.
"I know you do, Eve," his words whispered back.
I rose quickly and went to Adam's side. I helped him to his feet and looked into his eyes. "I love you, Adam."
"I love you, too, Eve."
We stood together as the congregation waited affectionately for us.
And in that day Adam blessed God, and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth; saying, Blessed be the name of God, for, because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again, in the flesh I shall see God.
And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying, Were it not for our transgression, we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient. Genesis 4:10-11
Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity, who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.
And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the Prince, the Archangel.
And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him, I have set thee up to be at the head: a multitude of nations shall come of thee; and thou art a prince over them forever.
And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation, and notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.
These things were all written in the Book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time. Doctrine and Covenants 104: 28-29
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Last revised: September 22, 2001