Godparents are not a part of the Mormon doctrine or culture, and they existed largely in books or in shadows for me. Friends had them, but it wasn't clear to me what they did besides maybe throw in an extra gift at Christmas or help score a summer internship.
Nevertheless, when my wife was pregnant, she felt very strongly about asking one of her closest friends to be the kid's godmother in all but a christening/ceremonial sense. Given theirlifelong closeness, the choice of person was a natural/obvious/almost only one. I didn't have anyone I felt so strongly about to ask to be a godfather, so I didn't, and our kid is now being raised in a single godparent family.
I recently heard that in some cultures, the tradition is to ask the guy you're paid to make out with on film to be your kid's godfather. And then it occurred to me that in Marc Forster's movie Everything Put Together, the mom got invited to be a godmother, then when her grief over losing her baby freaked her friends out, she got uninvited and replaced and [well, I won't ruin the story for you]. And THEN, in her documentary, didn't that high school friend of Madonna's come visit her hotel and ask out of the blue to be her kids' godmother, and Madonna refused?
So basically, unless someone can explain how they approach the whole godparent thing, and what it entails for you, I'm gonna be stuck learning about this stuff from freakin' Madonna and Brokeback Mountain. You see my dilemma here...