One day in 1875, William Cushing received what he described as a vision. In this vision, he saw a river rolling beneath him “like a mighty tide” and “an enchanted land” with hills and valleys that “were sleeping in a heavenly calm. It was more beautiful than words can tell.”

He realized God was giving him a glimpse of what He had prepared for His people. Thus inspired, Cushing wrote a hymn called “Beautiful Valley of Eden.”