Lightwave can have a steep learning curve for sure. This is because "everything" is created by you and there is an immense variety of options available to control your creation. But once you begin to understand the few basic priciples it's user interface is based on you will find yourself more comfortable. All Lightwave's creation buttons are text based. Therefore what you see is what you get. Keep it simple. Experiment a lot. Have patence. It will be worth it. Once understood Lightwave is a simple program with infinite variables. It is the variables which are frustrating you now.
Please refer to this page at Newtek for new simple to understand tutorials. There are some basic animation tuts. there which I'm sure will give you a leg up.
Also "The Worms of Art" has some great tutorials about very basic Lightwave stuff like "gradients" which are the basis of texture "Preset" creation within Lightwave.
I hope this helps. Good luck.