Sister Spotlight: Cristin ToiaBy Michele Ramirez
I was asked by the Relief Society Presidency to contact the sisters relatively new to our ward. I was given this great opportunity to meet and learn more about each of these sisters and share those things with all of you. I was put to the test when trying to think of interesting questions to ask Sister Toia. I didn’t want just your standard, what is your favorite activity or color? But to find out more about her and her wonderful qualities, humor and values.
Cristin graciously shared parts of her life and experiences with me. She was introduced to the Church by her husband Fa. She was baptized in March of 2005 and after waiting for her husband to serve his Mission, they were married and sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on January 9, 2009. They have one son Iosefa (Yo Sef ah) Haven.
I asked Cristin, Have you ever experienced your prayers being answered? She shared with me that in the early months of her marriage her husband became very ill and had to be taken to the ER. He had pneumonia. After treatment they were sent home, but with no insurance and little money they were unsure how they would pay the $5,000.00 hospital bill. They immediately began to pray, fast and read their scriptures more diligently. They contacted the hospital and explained their situation. The hospital had a change of heart and found a charity that would after a small “good faith” payment could cover the balance. Her family has a strong testimony of prayer because of this experience.
Cristin shared with me that one of the best parts of being a member of this Church was the warmth and peace it brings her. Growing up she was not active in a church; however, when she first walked into the chapel back in 2004 she instantly felt its warmth and peace. She had not experienced that before in her life. She knew she was in the right place. She is thankful for the Holy Ghost and all the comfort it brings her. She is thankful for the blessings of the temple and that families can be together forever. She looks forward to doing the work for her immediate family members that have passed.
She shared with me her favorite MOM moment. She adores her young son and enjoys the moments they share when he says I love you and gives her kisses. She loves it when he comes into her room in the mornings to wake her up. She enjoys sharing special times at Disneyland with her son, the same way she shared it with her own parents.
I asked Cristin, If you could add two new commandments to the existing ten what would they be? She replied, “In my own home:
1. Thou shall not leave dirty socks on the floor.
2. Thou shall not leave dishes in the sink.
As for real ones, she is a big believer in when giving kindness and respect you will earn kindness and respect.
Cristin went on to share with me, that she dreams of zip lining one day and would love to fly over a beautiful place, take in the beauty and feel the air all around her. She shared that not many people may know that she does not like to call or place an order, for example, for pizza delivery. She gets really nervous. She has no idea why, but her husband just laughs when she asks him to call.
I appreciate and would like to thank Cristin for taking the time to share these things about herself and her family and for allowing me to share them with all of you. I realize this is only a snapshot of the wonderful person that Cristin is. I know that we all welcome Cristin and her family and already realize what a wonderful daughter of our Heavenly Father she is.