SALVATION AND A CUP OF TEA.... my brethren, if you drink coffee or tea, or take tobacco are you letting a cup of tea or a little tobacco stand in the road and bar you from the celestial kingdom of God, where you might otherwise have received a fulness of glory?... There is not anything that is little in this world in the aggregate. One cup of tea, then it is another cup of tea and another cup of tea, and when you get them all together, they are not so little (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2, p. 16).<quoted text>
You seem to be having issues with this and as a 30 year member of the Mormon church who insinuates he read and swallowed all the teachings preached to him, you're ignorance and self inflated anti-Mormon ego is showing badly dude.
I pasted you what Joseph Smith said God said. It wasn't a commandment. And yet you question the difference between a commandment and a requirement. Commandments in this case are of God. Requirements are usually of men. In some cases of God. You can find 'requirements' from God in the Bible if you look that weren't stated as a commandment.
Try it this way. Why don't you search it out and see if any of the prophets have stated God lied, that the WoW was by way of a commandment, not a requirement and than get back to me with your proof it was given as a commandment.
Without question, the Word of Wisdom is one of the COMMANDMENTS which we most need to obey in these days, due to the great quantity of stimulants and drugs that have weakened the lives of those individuals who ignore the marvelous promises that the Lord has made to men if they will avoid using these harmful substances.
"No official member in this Church is worthy to hold an office after having the word of wisdom properly taught him; and he, the official member, neglecting to comply with and obey it." ( Joseph Fielding Smith (ed.)(1938). Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book) p. 117, n. 9.
President McKay taught and testified that the Word of Wisdom was a commandment given by the Lord to bless us both physically and spiritually. In his teachings as well as his actions, he strictly obeyed this commandment.
The LDS leaders say you are wrong.