The idea, apparently, is that we Mormons fall squarely on the Faith side of Faith vs Works, but also that we must be "qualified" to receive Grace.
It's not exactly a new idea, and it has been bantered about in GC's past, but it seems to be building steam and getting more dogmatic.
This last GC featured this concept heavily. It was best summarized by DGR:
But DGR wasn't the only one who used the term. Three other Apostles and the ENTIRE FP used it.DGR: ...you do not earn a blessing—that notion is false—but you do have to qualify for it.
MRB highlighted that it's not a new concept:
GES:MRB: For years the leadership purposes of the Church, as stated in Handbook 2, are outcomes that are clear and simple, from which I quote: "Leaders encourage every member to receive all essential priesthood ordinances, keep the associated covenants, and qualify for exaltation and eternal life."
QLC referenced D&C 4, which I think has a different meaning of 'qualify'. In the context of that section, God sends out missionaries... what certificates or credentials to they have? "And faith, hope, charity, love and an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work". To me, this is addressing earthly qualification, and is different from the sense of being qualified in the eyes of God. But QLC steers it in the God direction:Along the way you will most likely stumble and fall—perhaps many, many times. You are not perfect; falling is part of the qualifying process that allows you to refine your character and serve in a more compassionate way.
HBE:QLC: Perfecting ourselves, qualifying ourselves for the blessings of covenants, and preparing to meet God are individual responsibilities.
HBE: My purpose today is to teach what I know of how we can qualify for that [miraculous] feeling more often and invite it to last longer in our families.
DHO, who always seems to view God through a legal lens:HBE: I believe that he [an unnamed Apostle] would extend that happy hope to any of us in mortality who have done all we can to qualify ourselves and our family members for eternal life.
RMN... interestingly, in his Priesthood Session talk, he used the term in the negative sense, and elsewhere in the normal sense:DHO: Cleansed by repentance, we can qualify for eternal life
In looking over the past several GCs, I note this from April 2016, DFU, which seems to stand in contrast to these later teachings:RMN: God has allowed us to take a vital step toward becoming more like Him. Satan understands this. He chafes at the fact that his premortal apostasy permanently disqualifies him from this privilege, leaving him in a constant state of jealousy and resentment.
RMN: So, what is required for a family to be exalted forever? We qualify for that privilege by making covenants with God, keeping those covenants, and receiving essential ordinances.
RMN: Those consummate blessings can come only by living in an exalted celestial realm with God, our Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and our wonderful, worthy, and qualified family members.
RMN: God’s objective should be our objective. He wants His children to choose to return to Him, prepared, qualified, endowed, sealed, and faithful to covenants made in holy temples.
DFU: [after recounting the Parable of the Lost Sheep]
Is it possible that Jesus’s purpose, first and foremost, was to teach about the work of the Good Shepherd?
Is it possible that He was testifying of God’s love for His wayward children?
Is it possible that the Savior’s message was that God is fully aware of those who are lost—and that He will find them, that He will reach out to them, and that He will rescue them?
If that is so, what must the sheep do to qualify for this divine help?
Does the sheep need to know how to use a complicated sextant to calculate its coordinates? Does it need to be able to use a GPS to define its position? Does it have to have the expertise to create an app that will call for help? Does the sheep need endorsements by a sponsor before the Good Shepherd will come to the rescue?
No. Certainly not! The sheep is worthy of divine rescue simply because it is loved by the Good Shepherd.
To me, the parable of the lost sheep is one of the most hopeful passages in all of scripture.