Oh no! So I went and did as prasathpree mentioned above, Settings > Reading > Front page displays > A static page (select below).
Then I go to my homepage and set the page visibility to Private and it worked, BUT when I go back to Settings > Reading, The Front page display disappeared (the only thing that is there is blog pages show at most, syndication..., For each..., and Encoding..). And when I visit my homepage, the Visibility in the backend is still set at Private but my page is Publicly visible. (I tested by viewing my homepage in a different browser that I am not logged into my wp-admin) Does anyone else have this issue or did I screw some code up in one of my php files..?!?!?!?
Please help. By the way if I delete the homepage and also delete it from the trash bin and start over the whole process repeated. ughhhhh