The Mormons, like the Christian end-timers, think that Jesus will return someday to Earth, no doubt to collect his laundry or something. Much of the attention has focused on when he will return and not much attention to where.
It turns out that some Mormons have a very good idea of exactly where Jesus will return. While Christians tend to focus on Israel (and the Middle East in general) as where all the fun happens, Mormons think that America was an important focus of Jesus. They believe he appeared to the people in the Americas several times and that his return will take place in rural Missouri, in a pilgrimage spot known as Adam-ondi-Ahman, which is also where Adam and Eve supposedly went after being banished from the Garden of Eden.
Adam-ondi-Ahman is in such a remote part of northwestern Missouri that getting there requires GPS coordinates. Past Nalle’s Feed & Grain, MFA Agri Services and Gallatin Truck & Tractor, a tiny country road leads to a white picket gate. Inside, the grounds are meticulously groomed — neat gravel roads with symmetrically planted trees on both sides lead to an overlook of the valley below.
The site’s plaques mention Adam and Eve, only to say that Smith named the place after Adam. The church leaves it up to Mormons to teach their own children that it is in this valley that a future gathering of Adam and his righteous descendants will meet with Jesus Christ during the last days.
I have written before about the dangers of depending on GPS navigating systems. I hope that Jesus has a backup system so that he doesn’t end up in the wrong place, such as Nalle’s Feed & Grain.
That would be embarrassing.