Let me try to explain... (As I mount a fever and type deliriously.)
Adam, having lost his memory of the pre-mortal existence and not having undergone a previous endowment, is sojourning through this mortal journey like a little child. --Actually, more like a little near-sighted bunny. When something important comes up, he can only be alerted through an emblem, something akin to size 72 Impact font. Emblems are meant to signify important concepts and even warn about the future. An example of this is the bread and water of the sacrament. Satan is aware of this setup and routinely attempts to distract with his own constructed emblems. Eve is a seer; to "see" does not only mean she can recognize important tokens, signs, and emblems (in all their sizes), to "see" means revealing the truth about these symbols and teaching Adam which ones to accept or reject. When Adam heeds her inspired guidance they can progress together.
To decipher objects with one's eyes is, of course, not the only sense with which Adam is equipped. He, like Eve, has always had the power to hear the call of God. There will be times when Adam must act without a visible emblem in front of him, solely relying on His still small voice. At these times, Eve is expected to set aside her seership and trust in this process. When I think about this, it reminds me of when medical students are training to use their stethoscopes to detect murmurs. We have bedside ultrasounds now that can display the actual valve in question and reveal defects when suspected, but we continue to emphasize independent auscultation because these sophisticated measures may not always be there. Moreover, ultrasound imaging requires interpreting skills that not everyone has. When a medical student reports having heard a murmur I want to believe them, but as this affects patient care I also look in the chart to see if the cardiologist confirms this finding. I do not go back on rounds with my ultrasound machine. In such a case,
Am I losing you? Sorry for going off on a tangent, let's try to make this clearer with visuals... (See what I did there?)
|Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on la Grande Jatte|
The top image shows what, on a good day, "Adam" or man can see. The painting represents a priesthood ordinance with its visually appealing emblems. (I have seen this painting in real life at the Art Institute of Chicago, it is HUGE.) The bottom row shows details representing what "Eve" or woman can tell the man about what all is happening in front of them. For the sake of this analogy, the woman also happens to remember the context in which this painting (emblem) was created and provide her insight. If she says it's a collection of dots and there's a tiny monkey in the mix, the man has choices: Reject the insight, trust it, and/or train his eyes to see what she sees.
The pinnacle of this sight/seer relationship comes when a man reverently and faithfully handles and cares for the emblems given to him as part of his priesthood duties and, woman, on the errand of angels, can appear to him in divine form with heavenly wisdom. When that happens, he can see what she sees as though his eyes are opened. He is able to fully understand what the emblems signify and has power to prophesy, which makes him joyful and her glad (see Moses 5).
This arrangement only works when men perform priesthood rituals AND petition their wives to interpret for them. It's that last bit that seems to be lacking today, which is why, when asked "why [do] men have the priesthood and not women?" men typically answer they do not know, save the Lord commanded it.