I'm amending this because I was a little irritated and overwhelmed when I posted the first time.
BLUF: I need to take the user id from my logged in site member and check a database for the ID. If it doesn't exist I need to create the ID in a "Members" database which is setup minimally with simply an two field keys "title" (user ID) and "privileges." I'll be using privileges to add or remove pages from the users account menu based on access level.
***Before you ask... yes, I have read the API and "tutorials," but to be honest I am suffering watching the videos. I prefer to read, but the documentation just isn't clicking. Watching videos takes an incessant amount of time for directions which might only be a few lines of reading.***