Hmm… I need to apologize, I should have tried one more thing before posting my original message. If I had, then I would have posted a different question.
I’ve been using my child theme and I just went back and applied the parent theme to see if I saw the same thing happening. Well, with the parent theme, the sidebar is on the correct right side,it did not callapse to the left due to having no posts yet. But, it is not using the Page Template with Left AND Right sidebar that it uses when the page is set to a static front page.
So, there seems to be two issues going on here: 1) The right sidebar is appearing on the left in my child theme (which is my fault, I’m sure), and 2) the page template that I selected in the page edit screen is not used for the front page when I set the front page to display latest posts.
Did that make sense?
Here’s a screen dump when using the parent theme and setting my front page to display latest posts.