I have a very simple longitude and latitude I need to locate on the map and cannot find this for the life of me, sorry for the dumb question. So basically I need to find 36.336429, -119.314682 on the map, I don't need a pin or anything special, I just need QGIS to point me to it.
You can use the coordinate window in the status bar to pan the map to this location. Enter your coordinate in a
lon, lat format (note that it's the reverse order of how you wrote it here), and press Enter.
Just make sure your mouse cursor doesn't stray into the map window, or it will reset the coordinate you've typed in.
You have 2 options (well, it is QGIS, so maybe more)
--> use the coordinate window in the status bar
--> install the super-simple plugin "Zoom to Point"