To illustrate my problem, I'm just going to explain what I intend on doing with my site:
I have a blog, with multiple categories (A, B, and C for this example). I want a separate, somewhat-static front page with three "boxes" for content. In one box, I want to parse the latest post from the blog with the category of A. In the second box, I'd like to do the same thing with category B. And so on.
So, if I understand how WordPress operates well enough, I think I need 2 plugins. One to parse the latest post, and another to filter that parse by category.
Thanks in advance,