................or, how to get a lot of pussy even if you're ugly: <Brigham Youngs Wives> The oft asked question about the practice of polygamy in early Mormon history is: How many wives did Brigham Young have? The question isn't as easily answered as asked. When polygamy was a part of Mormon culture, there were different types of marriages or "sealings." It is hard to determine how many wives Young actually lived with in the normal sense of husband and wife because of the practice of "sealing." Sealings, meaning a ceremony performed by Mormon church authorities that link a man and a woman, could be of two types. The most common, and the only one currently practiced by the Mormon church, is a ceremony that seals a man and a woman for time (mortal life) and eternity. A second form could seal a woman to one man for time and another for eternity. Such ceremonies usually occurred when a widow was sealed to her dead husband for eternity and to a living husband for time in the same ceremony. It was understood that any children by the second husband would be considered the progeny of the first. In the early days of the Mormon church, these relationships were commonly called proxy marriages. According to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) historical records, Brigham Young was sealed to as many as 56 women.