There's some good in the theme but unfortunately for me I feel the bad far outweighs the good.I am a beloved son of God, and He has a work for me to do.
With all my heart, might, mind, and strength, I will love God, keep my covenants, and use His priesthood to serve others, beginning in my own home.
As I strive to serve, exercise faith, repent, and improve each day, I will qualify to receive temple blessings and the enduring joy of the gospel.
I will prepare to become a diligent missionary, loyal husband, and loving father by being a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
I will help prepare the world for the Savior’s return by inviting all to come unto Christ and receive the blessings of His Atonement.
Using the priesthood to serve others. I'd like to see that concept extended to priesthood only being used to serve others, but in our church the priesthood serves another important function, to exercise authority.
The on the fence:
My initial impression of the theme was that it appears to be the answer to the question, "How can we get more youth to serve a mission?" With that in mind, is this theme more focused on the needs of the church or the needs of the young men? And I ask that as someone that believes that their mission helped them grow. Still, the theme leads me to believe that leaders are concerned about fewer kids serving missions.
I do not like the word "qualify" and all the baggage that comes with it. Leaders have recently replaced the word "worthy" with the word "qualified" but haven't changed the underlying teachings. There's not much difference between feeling unworthy of god's approval and feeling unqualified for god's approval.
I realize this one is personal. As an orthodox believer I was snowed under by scrupulosity. I've suffered and I've seen many members suffer because they struggle to feel accepted by god. There's always more one can do at church, so much so that enough never feels like enough. I feel it is a direct result of our focus on works at the near total expense of mercy. Go back and read the YM theme. How much of the theme is centered on works? How much of the theme speaks to mercy? Yeah. The whole thing practically screams, "Get to work!"
Our focus on worthiness, qualifying, and being without flaw absolutely sickens me. I hate to see another generation suffer under what I feel is an unhealthy obsession with perfectionism.
The theme includes a checklist of Mormon obligations. The expectation to serve a mission. The expectation to get married. The expectation to have children. What if a young man isn't interested in serving a mission, getting married, or having children? Will the young man in those shoes feel "qualified" when they recite this theme? Will this theme make them feel less than if they don't live up to the cultural obligations? Will leaders use the theme as a weapon against kids that don't want to serve missions?