Dresden, Germany was our next stop on our tour of Europe. We were so excited to visit this city because it was a bit less popular and mainstream than some of the other cities we had visited thus far. Neither of us had ever met anyone who had gone to Dresden before, so we were going without any idea of what to really expect other than the small amount of research we did on our SEVENTEEN HOUR train ride there (which by the way I do not recommend hahaha. Worst 17 hours of my life. BUT it makes for a couple funny stories).
One of the main reasons we wanted to visit Dresden was because of an amazing talk given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf at LDS general conference earlier in the year. I HIGHLY recommend reading/listening to this talk. It seriously has given me so much comfort and hope in times of hardship. In his talk, he speaks about Dresden, and it’s complete destruction during WWII. The city has now been completely rebuilt, and has returned to its original beautiful state. Uchtdorf explained that ” If mortal hands can transform rubble and ruins into a beautiful house of worship, then we can have confidence and trust that our loving Heavenly Father can and will rebuild us. His plan is to build us into something far greater than what we were—far greater than what we can ever imagine.” I am so grateful I was able to experience this “jewel box” of a city.
One morning I was able to ride my bike around the Church of our Lady (which is the building Uchtdorf talks about in his talk), while listening to the talk on my phone. I was overcome with gratitude and it was such an amazing thing to see this city in person while learning about its history.