Imagine having to leave the most beautiful place on Earth to start another garden in a strange land, and from the dirt up. Van and Amadon had worked on the first Garden 80 years prior to Adam and Eve's arrival. Before it fell into default, the pair labored on other improvements for more than a century. No place on Earth was or has been as beautiful.
After the fall, their journey to Mesopotamia took almost a year, and when they did arrive, they camped for six weeks, forced to wait for seasonal rains and consequent flooding to subside. Life was difficult, at best. Adam and Eve remained in the second Garden 400 years. Their bones lie beneath a temple floor somewhere in Iraq.
...Now were the Adamites compelled to wrest a living from unprepared soil and to cope with the realities of life in the face of the natural hostilities and incompatibilities of mortal existence. They found the first garden partially prepared for them, but the second had to be created by the labor of their own hands and in the “sweat of their faces....” 76:1.4 (847.6)
...They were both buried in the center of the temple of divine service which had been built in accordance with their plans soon after the wall of the colony had been completed. And this was the origin of the practice of burying noted and pious men and women under the floors of the places of worship.... 76:5.5 (852.4)
Pictured is a chart of the route I guessed they took to the site of the second Garden.
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