Thanks. My ultimate goal is just to have my contacts available in Verizon Message +. I travel a lot and VM+ is the only SMS program I have found that works with the inflight wifi on airplanes.
I use gSyncit to keep my MS Exchange contacts and gmail in sync, and therefore I can edit my contacts in either. I had disabled (or maybe just hidden) the Verizon "Phone" contact functionality, because it didn't keep my contacts up to date and in some apps it would push old data (e.g., the old company info for a contact who had changed jobs).
I'm surprised that either Google or Verizon doesn't provide some way to keep Google contacts synchronized with Android (Google) phones, but maybe there's some reason for it.