The above verse is quite simple and direct. This is how Jesus always operated. There was no hidden agenda with Him, no guessing games or secret rooms to gain entrance into; He wanted all of the people to know Him and be saved. As you can see in yet another book published by the Church, there is another ‘law’ you must be obedient to in order to be saved. Notice the constant ‘work’ and lack of assurance there is in trusting your own works.
Gospel Through the Ages, pg. 119; “Marriage is not only a righteous institution, but obedience to this law is absolutely necessary in order to obtain the highest exaltation in the Kingdom of God. The word of the Lord came to the Prophet Joseph Smith on this subject as follows: “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees: and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the Priesthood (meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage).”