Resetting People to show the contacts stored in Phone?


I was having a problem with all applications syncing on my device the past 2 days. Well I seem to have this resolved (mostly) but there is a new problem I created in the process, my contacts no longer show up under People.

here's the details:

- in the process of fixing my sync problem, I went into Contacts (People) and unchecked Yahoo and Google (didn't wish to sync these to my phone right now) but KEPT the one marked Phone checked. anyway through clicking various things somehow all my People are wiped out (fortunately there were not many stored yet as I was still updating these).

is there a way to fix this?? Because the contacts are still in my phone somewhere, they're just not visible when I open People and click All. only my own contact info is shown. yet if I go to Messages and click on the contact person's name from a text msg, then I can see their contact card and even Edit it. Upon saving however, it still does not appear under People.