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Part of the vision of Joel says:
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (Joel 2:28)
One person who definitely fits into this category is Akiane Kramarik.
Primarily a self-taught painter, Akiane started drawing at age four, painting at six, and writing poetry at seven. She began composing her own songs only a couple months after learning how to play the piano.
This girl is amazing and inspiring. She tells her own story far better than I dare:
Hearing her description of God’s physical qualities reminds me of Joseph Smith’s description:
His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah… (D&C 110:3)
Her paintings are astounding, and her talent limitless. Knowing that such people as Akiane exist serves as a testimony of a loving God who is eager to be part of our lives.