LDS stands for Latter Day Saints,
I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If you want to know more about it go HERE and don't believe everything you read everywhere else.
And I will have to answer the why as 2 separate questions.
1. Why I became a member of the church? & 2. Why I chose to stay a member of the church?
To answer question number 1 all you need to know is, that I was born a daughter of LDS parents. I was baptized at the age of accountability which in our religious is 8. I remember very little about my baptism.
Now to question number 2. As I was raised attending church every Sunday for 3 LONG hours, and having different activities throughout the week. I didn't know any other way, I was only doing what was expected of me. However now looking back, I see flashes of different moments that in the long scheme of things have molded me to the person I have become. Some of my first memories was learning the importance of prayer, by catching my parents by surprise down on their knees. I knew if it was important to them, than it had to be important to me. I remember watching my parents do so much good for other people, I saw the love they had for all children of God, and learned that they too deserved my love. I watched my mom spend hours preparing Sunday lesson, reading scriptures, singing in church choirs. I waited for my dad to come home from church hours after we did, because he stayed back serving in his calling. I learned the importance of being honest when I was dragged back into a store to return a candy I had stolen.
As I grew up, I noticed that our church had so much to offer. Sometimes it was hard... You see... we live by a certain standard. We are taught not to wear provocative clothing, we should not Drink, Smoke, do drugs... We save Sex for AFTER marriage, and children are a blessing that comes to a husband and a wife through the bonds of matrimony. We are taught to stand for what is right even if we stand alone. I always loved a saying I learned in my youth, "Be in the world but not of it."
Did you know that its not cool to do that? I was introduced to drugs in the school bus in 9th grade. I am glad I was taught that it was wrong and had the courage to turn it down. I came across a cigarette once, and out of rebellion I decided I was going to Smoke that thing. The only problem was, no one I associated with smokes so I didn't even know how to light it. So to the garbage it went. Alcohol was never an issue, all I had to do was spend a few minutes watching others to realize they became stupid after a few.
I found my knight in shining armor at the young age of 18, he was everything I had been preparing myself for. As my sister likes to say.. "we are not "lucky" to have each other, we just set our standards high and didn't settle." We got married and what I though was the end of my problems was only the beginning. No one could have prepared me for the trials ahead, things got hard... REALLY hard. We lost our first baby at 14 weeks. Can someone please explain to a 20 year old, why God allowed her to carry, love, dream about this baby for 14 weeks and then without any explanation one day take it all away? I had done all the requirements. If there was a list of good girl qualifications, I would have a CHECK next to all of them. So WHY, WHY?! Little did I know that would be the first out of many... But I was angry, it was unfair. This God that I had followed and worshiped for 20 years was not being FAIR. He was supposed to be there, and yet I felt alone. And the more I thought about it, the more I hated Him. The darker my world got, and if there ever was a bottom... I hit it... hard!!!
So I lived in darkness for a while, Smiling through the anger and the pain so others would not notice. Until one day I realized that although life was not perfect when I allowed God in it, it was a heck of a lot better than this. So for the first time in months, I knelt down. I poured my heart out, and prayed that some how He would help me heal the pain. a scripture reference came to my head. I didn't know it by heart so I had to go look it up.
Moroni 10:3-5 (from The Book of Mormon)
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how amerciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and bponder it in yourchearts.