When he was ten years old, he decided to leave his father's house to go to the desert to the service of God. Then, having heard in the Gospel, the word of Christ the Savior - "And everyone who has left ... or father or mother or children or lands, for my name a hundred times more will receive life eternal inheritance" - he give ear to this, even More I began to think about and sought an opportunity to fulfill his intention. Further, in the case it said that in the seventeen years ", he began to learn to read and write, and then studied and carpentry. Literacy and understand some of the craft, he went to work for various cities and has been with the other in Kremenchug and Kherson for the building of ships. In Kherson opened a contagious disease that many people have, and the farm of his comrades began to die, and what he has been subject; then he gave a promise to God, if it pleases God will heal, then it will always work him in reverence and truth, and why he has recovered, however, and after working there for a year. Upon returning to his home as he began to ask his father and mother in a monastery, telling them of his desire to blame; they are the same, not by reason of his vow to God, him away was not released. He, being a sim unhappy dreamed how he could to fulfill his intention to leave them secretly, and after a little time he took a poster pashport under way departure from home to work, he went in 1785 in Tula, and from there through Aleksin, Serpukhov , came to Moscow to Novgorod, from whose waters reached the Olonets, and then came to the island of Balaam, to whose and moved to Valaam monastery. " Here and I took monastic vows with the name Adam.