‘Mormon Land’: Eli McCann talks religious freedom, his Ukraine mission, his coming out and his first date with his husband-to-be at the Kirtland Temple

Meet The Tribune’s guest columnist — lawyer, writer, runner, knitter, LGBTQ advocate and funnyman on Latter-day Saint culture.

Tribune guest humor columnist Eli McCann.

You might know Eli McCann as The Salt Lake Tribune’s guest humor columnist and storyteller. But there’s a lot you probably don’t know.

Eli, let’s just call him that, is an attorney who discusses religious freedom cases while teaching at the University of Utah’s law school. He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine and became a vocal supporter of helping that country after Russia attacked it last year. He’s an LGBTQ advocate and a board member of Equality Utah.

He is married to Skylar Westerdahl and lives in Salt Lake City with, as he puts it, their “two naughty (yet worshipped) dogs.”

Eli McCann joins us today in studio to explain how he puts all that together with his love of canning, knitting and marathon running.

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