Recently, he discovered a natural talent with Oil Paints. Since he was 8 years old he always had a sketch pad in his hand. However, his passion to be involved his father's business, ANASAZI Foundation, had always taken priority over his love for art. It wasn't until the was approached by Robert C. Gay, the CEO of Huntsman Capital Partners, at an Anasazi Foundation fundraiser banquet. He commissioned Lehi to paint him a depiction of father Lehi's from the Book of Mormon. Lehi had never used oils before so he decided to practice by converting one of his favorite ANASAZI trail experiences into oil and canvas. This first oil painting, was given the name "The DawnStar".
The inspiration for this painting came from years of working with families at Anasazi. The youth that are sent to the program spend 42 days in the wilderness with out contact to that outside world. The only communication they have is between family members via weekly letters. As a TrailWalker (Direct-care Staff), Lehi would have the opportunity to be with these youth and see the change that would occur through out their walking. After spending 42 days in some of Arizona's toughest country, the trek would conclude with a family camp or DawnStar camp. This is where the parents and child would reunite. There are no word to express the power of this experience. Nonetheless, these moments were captured like a snapshot in Lehi's memory. The finished painting was donated to Anasazi to sell at the next benefit auction to raise money for needy families. By the end of the night Lehi's painting received the most bids of all the items donated. Soon after Lehi began preparations for the painting of Father Lehi titled, "INTO THE LIGHT" Click here for more information on "INTO THE LIGHT"
| The DawnStar - by Lehi TVE.|
Lehi Thunder Voice Eagle Sanchez was Born in Ganado, AZ on the Navajo Reservation to Ezekiel Sanchez and Pauline Martin Sanchez. Ezekiel Sanchez (father) is one of the founders of the Wilderness treatment program, ANASAZI Foundation (www.anasazi.org). Which is one of the leading program in the nation for youth intervention and behavior modification. At the age of 10 yrs old Lehi was put out in the wilderness to begin his training in hopes that one day he would follow in his father's foot steps. As ANASAZI grew and developed so did Lehi and his brothers. Each summer they would assist in helping "troubled youth" learn a better way of life. Through true basic principles of life thousands of children had a life changing experience. Each child would spend 42 days straight in the wilderness of Arizona.
At the age of 18 Lehi graduated High school and prepared to go on a mission. At age 19 he was called to serve two years in the Paraguay Asuncion Mission North for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. Where he mingled with the Natives of South American, learning both Spanish, Guarani (native dialect) and Portuguese.
Upon return, Lehi, moved to Idaho to help start a branch of The ANASAZI Foundation at the age of 21. It was the first time Anasazi implemented a residential program for State Juveniles. There he help over 100 Juveniles find a better way of life. At the age of 22, Lehi attended UVSC in Orem, Utah. there he was approached by Madolyn M Liebing, Ph.D to help develop a Boys ranch for troubled youth called THE JOURNEY. With the help of former Anasazi staff he joined Madolyn and continued helping youth while he attended colllege. During the summers he returns to ANASAZI as WindWalker. Currently, Lehi is living in Mesa AZ attending ASU working on his Masters in Business Management and assist in Trail Training and Assisting in Field directing at ANASAZI.
Along with his older brothers, Lehi has always work side-by-side with his Father, Ezekiel C. Sanchez at Anasazi. To understand who Lehi fully one must understand his parents.
Ezekiel Sanchez a Totonoc Indian was born in Mexico. He was the oldest boy of 16 children. At the age of 8 his family migrated to the United States. They worked as migrate workers in the Western States. At the age of 19 he decided to pursue a formal education. At age 21 he graduated High School with a Art scholarship to BYU. Soon after he served a mission to Lubbock Texas. and then joined Larry D. Olsen to teach wilderness Survival at BYU. 2 years later he married Pauline Martin and started a family. To make ends met he started working as a life insurance salesman. A year later he was named a member to the Million Dollar Round Table. Before he could further is career as a elite sale rep he received a call from his former mission president who advised him to change professions. He was obedient and after some financial trials and challenges he landed a job to work as Director of Training at The Missionary Training Center (MTC). He was over two-hundred teachers and had two secretaries. Four years later Larry D. Olsen paid him a visit to start a wilderness treatment program in the Arizona Wilderness. After much fasting and prayer Ezekiel said "YES. Since that time he has work with struggling youth and parents as one of the founder of the ANASAZI Foundation.
Pauline Martin Sanchez a Navajo Indian was born on the Navajo Nations Reservation. She grew up living off the land and herding sheep. She joined the LDS placement program where she was baptized. Upon graduation high school she earned a Scholarship to BYU. She joined the Lamanite Generation and began to share the Gospel through her people's cultural dances. With in her second year a BYU she met Ezekiel Sanchez at was married at the age of 21. As a mother of 7 children, 8 including Ezekiel, she sit as one of the founders of the ANASAZI foundation. She assist in the teaching and implementing living true principles. In 2002, both Pauline and Ezekiel were named national parents of the year, becoming the first native couple to be honor. She is co-author of The Seven Paths book which will be released August 6th, 2013. Both Ezekiel and Pauline are proud grandparents of 3 beautiful girls.
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