I attended some sealings at the temple recently.  During a break, the sealer noted that when a woman is being sealed to a man, she is asked to “give herself” to the man, and “receive him unto herself”, but the man is only asked to receive, not to give.  (In a previous post, I mentioned the same thing.)  The sealer asked if anyone knew why.  Nobody knew.

The sealer explained that in ancient Israel, women didn’t have a choice of who to marry.  In the sealing ceremony, they specifically use their free agency to give themselves to the man of their own free will and choice.  The man has no free agency–he has to receive the woman, but the woman does not have to receive the man.

What do you think of the sealer’s explanation?