Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:15 PM
Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Program: Our speaker will be
Paul Hyde. He will present on the topic
"As a Man Thinketh..."
It is about the assumptions that
govern our lives, especially in our
relationships with others.
Paul N. Hyde was born and raised in southern California, attending Chino schools and eventually
graduating from Redlands High School in 1960. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed
in Texas, Colorado, and Minnesota. After his tour of duty was over, he served as a missionary in the
Southeast Mexican Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Paul returned to Brigham Young University and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors
in 1969. He was then hired by the Church to teach Seminary and Institute classes in the Church
Educational System. This he enjoyed as his career for thirty-five years. He served at Bountiful High
School Seminary, and then at the Institutes of Religion located adjacent to Cypress College, Purdue
University, UCLA, USC, the University of New Mexico, and Utah Valley State College. In 1972, he finished
his Master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics at Brigham Young University, and ten years later
earned his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at Purdue University.
In 1982, he began to serve as one of the editors for Mythlore, a journal dedicated to the writings of C.S.
Lewis, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He has lectured on the creative linguistics of J.R.R. Tolkien
throughout the United States, Canada, and England. He has also published a number of reference books
and essays on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and others who have contributed to the same genre. Along
the way, Paul was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Tolkien Society of America for his
contributions to Tolkien scholarship.
In February 1967, Paul N. Hyde married Patricia Lorraine Holmberg in the St. George Utah Temple. Their
union has brought seven children into the world, who in turn have provided them with 31
grandchildren. Before he retired from the Church Educational System in 2004, one of his daughters
asked him to “write down everything you know and send it to me in the mail”. This sparked a twelve -
year odyssey that has produced several volumes of “Periphrastic Studies” on the Gospels, the Epistles of
Paul, and the book of Psalms. These are comprehensive translations that attempt to utilize most, if not
all, of the possible nuances in the original Greek and Hebrew languages. For the past ten years, Paul has
labored on his 33-volume commentary on the Standard Works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints, privately publishing them for his family and friends.