So I discovered that my phone could not possibly install Google Keyboard while using my ROM. This set me on a quest. And in that quest, I found several other issues I was unaware of. Apparently, if you don’t already have Nova Launcher installed, the included one would crash. I’ve solved that and re-included Samsungs launcher as a backup.
Apparently also I had lost the ability to rearrange the quick toggles. That’s been restored.
Messaging can now prevent the screen from turning on when a message is received to make sleeping a little easier!
As was my goal from the onset, Google Keyboard can now be downloaded and installed from the Play Store.
I learned all of this through a harrowing journey of wiping my data and starting from scratch (Gasp!). Anyway, more functional and more stable than before, I will be uploading as soon as I can get a decent internet connection going!
Now I can focus on finding other features to enable in my rom.