Your suggestion works...sortof I succeeded with Voicemail, Samsung Notes. Settings kept showing my settings and wouldn't show me the put on home screen option, but after 3 or 4 tries it gave in. I went back to add another short cut and, I don't know why, but I tried Settings again and it asked whether I want to update. Yes, why not. That put the phone operating system into update mode, which took 20+/- minutes. Now all the apps that I uninstalled are back. The home screen has Voicemail, Samsung Notes and 2 Settings shortcuts. Contacts isn't there.
Now I'm trying to uninstall the apps that I unstalled previously. Some of them won't uninstall or disable. I'm going to try to figure that out before I peoceed here.