I didn't ask for the comment from a GA or a Seventy etc. A prophet of that church gave the WOW by way of revelation.<quoted text>
Doesn't have to be a prophet, he is a General Authority picked to represent the LDS church. His speech was given at General Conference, which was approval before he was allowed to give it. It has been reposted on the LDS web site without correction.
If it is a "vital" part of your salvation, that is a commandment. Words mean something. You do love to strain at gnats.
Living it is required today to hold any office in the LDS church, to get a temple recommend, or to even join the church. That makes it a commandment by any definition of the word.
So I asked of you...
"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."
I know what GA's have said and seventies etc. The WoW over time has came to be interpreted as a 'commandment'. But the fact remains the WoW wasn't recognized as a 'commandment' until the church had been 100 years old.
The WoW wasn't given as a commandment. LDS leaders since the early 1920s have interpreted it as a commandment. And there is strong evidence to show the WoW can be interpreted as such. But that doesn't take away from the fact that Smith made a statement. An undisputed statement no matter who interprets the WoW to their own opinion to being a commandment. Smith stated the WoW DIDN'T COME BY WAY AS A COMMANDMENT. So go argue with Smith, not me :)