rmiller1959, thank you for your patience while we continue to troubleshoot the Verizon messaging app, we understand how important it is to be able to use all of the available features. Although, some of the problems that popped up after the update have been fixed, we are still working on the bugs. At this time we recommend uninstalling the update until we can get a complete fix done.
Go to Settings > App > All Apps > Message + App > Uninstall Updates.
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