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Hi I'm James Keddington

I'm a snowboarder, water polo player, marketer, and a husband and father. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California in the 80s and 90s and absolutely loved it. I played Water Polo in High School and still play to this day. Since then I have gotten married, had kids, learned to snowboard and am now teaching my kids to board as well. It's an awesome family sport. I also coach a club water polo team in Utah and enjoy it more now that my oldest boys are able to participate. My occupation is that of a marketing executive. I am a partner in a marketing services company and am very active in our industry association. I graduated from UCR with a degree in Business Administration. My most important things though are family. I love taking my family to the mountains or the beach. We love just hanging out too. We play video games, watch movies, and play board games.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace living this gospel gives me. We live in a tough world. There are so many pressures to live like the Joneses, to keep up with what the media is telling us to do, and to spend our time focused on personal needs rather than the needs of spouses, our children, and others. I am not naive enough to think that other religions can't bring peace as well. Part of the peace being a Mormon brings me is knowing that God speaks to prophets today like He did in days of old. That His ways of doing things hasn't changed a whole lot. That by having a prophet and ongoing revelation - questions about gospel doctrine can be made clear. I know the source from which my ecclesiastical leaders gain their inspiration. It is God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith a couple different ways. I think they are all important. 1. I try to my best to practice what we preach. It's hard at times and with some things I really struggle. Nobody is perfect. Especially me. 2. Serve others. Christ is the ultimate example of how to live our faith. All He really did was go about doing good. I hope when my time comes to meet my maker, He knows I did my best to help others. 3. I try not to judge. I realize that all people are different and we all see the world differently. I know we all have different values and what is important to me, may be completely worthless to somebody else, and vice versa. In the end, I just figure it's how we live against what we know. Only two people will ever know how we do at that. Us, and God.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

James Keddington
We believe ordinances like Baptism must be done on earth. We believe that God does not condemn those who don't know about him. We also believe that every person must accept or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. So perform ordinance in behalf of others with the knowledge that they will learn of Christ in their post-mortal life. With that learning they will accept or reject the gospel. In doing so they accept or reject the ordinance of baptism. This is not the first time this has been done. Christ did something for all of us that we cannot do for ourselves. He paid the price of our sins. We can accept that or reject it. But there is nothing we can ever do to make ourselves whole. Those who have died not knowing the gospel and not having had the opportunity to be baptized can accept an ordinance done on their behalf, or reject it. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

James Keddington
I don't know exactly why some people call it a cult. Maybe they think we are a cult because we don't talk much about the sacred ordinances performed in the temple, and maybe they call us a cult because we believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate individuals and they don't - so it feel blasphemous to them. Maybe they call us a cult because we believe that our personal growth can extend beyond this life and they mistake that for us thinking we replace God as God. In my mind a cult is an organization led by someone who is seeking personal gain and preys on others. Lets take a look at our Church and see what it requires of its members and how its leaders have been benefited from those requirements. 1. Tithes pay for missionary work and church maintenance and buildings. 100% of charitable offerings go to helping the poor, sick, elderly, and natural disasters 2. The prophet Joseph Smith suffered his family being physically harmed, mob attacks, being wrongfully jailed and eventually martyred. Does not sound like a typical cult leader. 3. Our current Prophet has lived most of his life in full-time church service. He has no private plane. He has no wealth. He testifies of Christ and not of himself. He only serves and is never served. If others want to call us a cult, fine. It doesn't bother me at all. The fact is that our Church if focused on other people, not itself and our leaders have never had any personal gain by being at the helm. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

James Keddington
It's fun. Sometimes its hard. It's a life of always giving your best effort and never losing hope. That doesn't mean that we are always doing that perfectly - but we want to. It's a life and continuous improvement and renewal. That's not always easy. But I have found that when I make those things a priority between me and God, and I stop caring how others see me in regards to those categories, it's a whole lot easier. Its very easy to be self-conscience about what others think of us. Even at Church. When I am more concerned with what God thinks about my behavior and adjusting to that consciousness, rather than doing what I think others expect of me, life is easier. God has so much more grace and forgiveness than people. I love being a Mormon. I have travelled to many places and where ever you find a Mormon meetinghouse, you find out stretched loving arms. You cannot be alone in the world and be a Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

James Keddington
Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Heal the sick. Give comfort the fatherless and widows. Give hope. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

James Keddington
Two reasons. 1. God commanded it and Christ illustrated how by his own baptism. 2. It is an outward expression to follow Christ. We believe that baptism is an ordinance, or something we "Do" as a means of covenanting with God. It is serious. Because of the nature (being commanded of God) it must be done in the presence and by those who have been committed the authority to witness of, and performance of the ordinance. An example is a wedding. We don't just ask Uncle Eddie to perform the wedding. We ask someone who has the authority to do it. Same goes for Baptism. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

James Keddington
No. I have been asked that. Joseph Smith was a prophet who did a lot of work in helping the world retrieve back the fullness of Christs Gospel. For that we have a lot to be grateful for to Joseph. But we dont worship him. No way. Show more Show less