How was Mitt Romney, while on Mormon Missionary assignment in France, allowed to "date" his future wife, Ann,?

We are told in the press by the Romney campaign of the hardships of the French Missionary assignment, using a pail for a bucket and all. But the Romney Press releases failed to say that the future Ann Romney studied in France for a semester, and was able to "date" Romney while he was on Mission and... show more We are told in the press by the Romney campaign of the hardships of the French Missionary assignment, using a pail for a bucket and all.

But the Romney Press releases failed to say that the future Ann Romney studied in France for a semester, and was able to "date" Romney while he was on Mission and exchange phone calls.

If this is normal Missionary activity, which the Washington Post articles show the the Mormon Missionaries leave their families for two years, contact their mothers only on Mother's day and Christmas - but a rich, politically connected Mitt Romney was able to still date his future wife, instead of knocking on doors as a Minister of Religion.

Have Missionary rules changed so much? Or was it common place to allow Missionaries to have their girlfriends visit them on missions?
Update: From wikipedia: Further clarification: She also spent a semester at the University of Grenoble in France during her freshman year and was there during the 1968 Winter Olympics.[4] The Mormon missionary rules allowed her only two brief visits with Mitt and very rare telephone calls with him.[14] 4. "Mitt... show more From wikipedia: Further clarification:

She also spent a semester at the University of Grenoble in France during her freshman year and was there during the 1968 Winter Olympics.[4] The Mormon missionary rules allowed her only two brief visits with Mitt and very rare telephone calls with him.[14]

4. "Mitt Romney Marries Ann Davies". The New York Times: p. 37. 1969-03-22.

14. Swidey, Neil; Ebbert, Stephanie (2007-06-27). "The Making of Mitt Romney: Part 4: Raising sons, rising expectations bring unexpected turns". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
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